• Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
  • You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies.
  • Prepare and plan in the event you must go without electricity, water service, and access to a supermarket, or local services for several days.
  • You should keep an emergency kit at places you spend a lot of time such as your home, car, and work.
  • A basic emergency supply kit should include:
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
    • Dust masks to help filter contaminated air
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Food
    • Local maps
    • Manual can opener for food
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Water, people require at least 1 gallon per day
    • Whistle to signal for help
Additional Supplies
Additional supplies you should consider:
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Change of clothing
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Food and water for your pet
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Water sanitation materials
Food Supplies
Food supplies you should have in your emergency supplies:
  • Good types of food to have are:
  • Canned juices
  • Comfort/stress foods Crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Food for infants
  • High energy foods
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
  • Vitamins