Do-It-Yourself: Emergency Kit

September 05, 2017  

To help you get prepared, review this helpful list of supplies to have in your emergency kit. 

Emergency Kit Supplies

The following items should be included in a hurricane, emergency or disaster kit:


  • At least one gallon of water per day per person for 3-5 days, two quarts a day for drinking and two quarts for food preparation and sanitation.
  • Water purification tablets


  • Enough for 3-5 days
  • Non-perishable dry or canned food such as ready-to-eat meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, juices and milk
  • High energy snack foods such as protein or fruit bars, trail mix, peanut butter and crackers
  • Comfort foods such as nuts, cookies, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea and hard candy
  • Special dietary and baby foods
  • Vitamins

Kitchen Supplies

  • Manual can opener
  • Eating and cooking utensils, mess kits, plates and cups
  • Matches or lighters in a waterproof container
  • Emergency cooking/camping equipment
  • Liquid detergent and household chlorine bleach
  • Plastic bucket and lid
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ice and cooler

Tools and Supplies

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
  • Toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, feminine supplies and toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Mosquito/insect repellant
  • Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, hearing aid batteries and other personal items
  • Hat
  • Extra clothing for one week
  • Rain gear
  • Heavy duty plastic garbage bags
  • Whistle
  • Specialty items for infants, such as formula, diapers, wipes, bottles and pacifiers, and for elderly relatives and pets
  • Important documents such as passport, copies of credit cards, identification cards and insurance papers
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs such as games or books
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Keys to house
  • Cash, traveler's checks
  • Extra charger for cell phone and power cord for laptop computer
  • Lightweight folding chairs or cots
  • List of important phone numbers

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