It’s recommended that every household have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of basic items that every emergency supply kit should include:

Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food: at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food

  • Can opener for food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records, in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, and changeĀ 
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothes, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper, which can be used to create a disinfectant (nine parts water to one part bleach)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, paper plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book

Also as applicable:

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

For more information, go to www.ready.gov.