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
Emergency Preparedness Kit Red Cross

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.