Emergency Supply Kit

Everything You Need for an Emergency

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The following supplies kept in your emergency supply kit will serve you well if an adverse situation arises.

Have these items prepared in portable bags, such as duffels or backpacks, and store them in an easily accessible place. If evacuation is necessary, be sure to follow the directions of local authorities.

Food and Water for Emergencies

You should have a three day supply of non-perishable food, including ready to eat canned goods. Try to choose high energy foods, as well as items that will not make you thirsty. Be sure to have a manual can opener on hand. Prepare for any special dietary needs of your family.

Keep on hand a three day supply of water. You should have one gallon of water for each person, per day. To ensure safe drinking water, it is recommended to buy commercially bottled water.

Health and Safety Supplies

  • First Aid Kit, including non-prescription medication.
  • Be sure to keep on hand extra prescription medication, and any other special medical or sanitary needs, such as extra diapers and formula for babies.
  • Be sure to check our tips for health emergencies as well.

Clothing for Your Safety Kit

Be sure to plan accordingly for the climate you live in. Include at least one complete change of clothing for each person.

Tools for Emergencies

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cash
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Paper and pencil
  • Signal flare
  • Extra cell phone battery

Important Family Documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Photo IDs, passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards

Check out what you should have in your car safety kit as well. Plus, find out what to do when the power goes out.

Do you have any other suggestions for safety kits? Let us know below!


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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I got a crank radio/flashlight from Walmart that needs no batteries. Will run about an hour on a full crank. Nice to stay informed during an emergency. They have several more expensive ones that also has a place to charge your devices.

You should also carry a

You should also carry a pocket knife and some rope. You can purchase small nylon rope anywhere. Also always remember good footwear with a spare pair of socks. It doesn't matter what kind of climate you live in but good comfortable boots will be good in case of any terrain you may need to walk.

also with the emergency kits

also with the emergency kits don't forget your animals...extra food, water and litter are needed and if you have to leave your home make sure the animal holder is available..i have 2 cats and i keep everything together in the holder..

Don't forget the toilet

Don't forget the toilet paper. Also have a 5 gallon bucket and plastic bags to line it with to use as a toilet, just in case the water is cut off like it was here when IKE hit.

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