Community Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Kit

A basic emergency preparedness kit should include the following items:

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Food, at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • Local maps
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Water, one gallon of water per person for at least 3 days for drinking and sanitation
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Important Documents

Do not forget to include important documents in your emergency kit (this information should be kept in a waterproof container). 

  • Cash/Emergency Credit Cards
  • Copies of Social Security Cards
  • Copies of family members birth certificates
  • Extra supply of daily medications
  • Insurance information/medical records

Emergency Kit Recommendations

  • It is recommended to check your kit twice a year during day light savings time.
  • An emergency kit should be placed in an easily accessible area.
  • Emergency kits should be placed at home, in your car and at your place of work.