Home Emergency Kit

Home Emergency Kit

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Water, food and clean air are necessary during an emergency. That being said each families kit will need to be different accounting for the needs of all members such as infant needs, daily medications and pet needs. This list was compiled from many different sites including FEMA, The Red Cross, and The CDC among others. Hope you find it as helpful as I did.Here is a list of common items to include in your kit:

Water, one gallon per person per day 3 day supply for evacuation and 2 week for home use.

Food, 3 day supply for evacuation and 2 week for home use, the more the better some people store up to one year worth.

Battery powered radio

NOAA weather radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Infant formula and diapers if necessary

Moist wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to filter air, N95 or surgical masks

Plastic sheeting and duct tape

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener for food

Emergency reference materials, first aid book, etc

Rain gear

Plates, bowls, cups, utensils


Cell phone with both home and car chargers

Fire extinguisher



Matches in a water proof container


Signal flare

Paper and pencil

Personal hygiene items such as: tooth brushes, razors, feminine hygiene supplies, etc

Disinfectant, Lysol, hand sanitizer etc

Household chlorine bleach- 16 drops per gallon will treat water

Medicine dropper

Important family papers such as: identifications for all members, lists of medications and allergies, insurance polices, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc

Flashlight with extra batteries


Needles and thread

Contact numbers

Jacket or coat for each member of family

Long pants

Sturdy shoes

Long sleeve shirt

Hat and gloves

Sleeping bag or other warm blanket

Extra socks

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

Multi-purpose tool

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, and bowl)

Two ­way radios

Tools/supplies for securing your home

Pack the items in easy-to-carry bags, label the bags clearly and store them where they would be easily accessible. Duffle bags, backpacks, and new covered trash cans are good candidates for containers.  Be sure to pack in two parts a three day kit for if you need to evacuate and a two week kit for if you need to shelter in place. In a disaster situation, you may need access to your disaster supplies kit quickly – whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating. Following a disaster, having the right supplies can help your household endure home confinement or evacuation. Make sure the needs of everyone who would use the kit are covered, including infants, seniors and pets. As your families needs change be sure to adjust the kit accordingly. Remember it is good to involve whoever is going to use the kit, including children, in assembling it. Stay tuned to our website site for more articles on preparedness including: finding a using water during an emergency; how to and what to store for food, and how to shelter in place at home or in your vehicle.

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