Skip navigation
 
 

Building an emergency kit

Disasters can occur quickly and without warning. Prepare for the unexpected now by assembling a kit designed to help you cope with a variety of emergencies.

Items for your kit:

  • First aid kit, essential medications and a backup power source for any required medical
    equipment such as an oxygen tank
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • Canned food, manual can opener
  • Bottled water (1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days)
  • Extra warm clothing including boots, mittens and a hat
  • Red or brightly-colored cloth
  • NOAA weather radio

A NOAA weather radio provides direct warnings to the public of severe weather and natural and manmade hazards from floods to forest fires to chemical spills. NOAA weather radios can be purchased at discount department stores, electronic retailers and Web sites.

Consider preparing a kit for your car, boat and RV or camper. In addition to the items listed above,
a vehicle kit should also include these items:

  • fire extinguisher
  • booster cables and tow rope
  • compass and road maps
  • shovel
  • tire repair kit and pump
  • extra clothing to keep dry
  • road flare
  • small tool kit
  • kitty litter or sand for tire traction¬†