Build a Kit
An essential part of your preparedness is having basic items you may need during an emergency. A simple kit includes a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) worth of essentials.
Keep your kit updated by periodically checking expiration dates and replenish needed items. A good approach is to “eat what your store, store what you eat,” meaning to stock your kit with foods that you will consume and replace on a revolving basis to keep supplies current.
Water – Minimum guidance is 1 gallon per day, per person with half for drinking and half for sanitation.
Tip: Before a storm, fill large containers (such as clean soda bottles) with water for drinking and cooking, and fill the bathtub for cleaning and flushing.
Shelf-Stable Food – Store food that does not require refrigeration or preparation such as canned goods or shelf-stable meals.
Tip: Have a manual can opener on hand.
Battery-Powered Radio – It is important to monitor local media and a battery-powered radio can be used when electrical service is out (some even have cell phone charging attachments).
Flashlight – Have a flashlight in case the power goes out and always keep extra batteries on hand.
Batteries – Keep extra batteries on hand in order to power your radio, flashlight, and other supplies in the event that the power goes out. Some power outages can last for days, even after the storm has passed.
First-Aid Supplies – Check your supply of non-prescription pain relievers, band-aids, antibacterial ointment, insect repellent, sunscreen and other items.
Toiletries – Store extra hygiene items, including feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
Specialty Items – These items could include prescription medications, infant formula, or any other specific needs you or your family may have.
Important Documents – Safeguard copies of key documents, including your insurance policy, driver’s license, birth certificate, Social Security card, and passport.
Cash – Maintain some cash on hand. With the power out, some stores may not be able to take credit cards, debit cards, or other forms of electronic payment.
Pet Care Items – If you have pets, keep emergency supplies for them as well!
Portable Charger – During power outages, use to charge your phone, tablet, and other portable devices.