Your experience after an emergency can range from inconvenient to disastrous. Being prepared with the right supplies can make all the difference.
Store a one-week supply of water. Water is more essential to survival than any other supply. Replace supply every six months to one year.
- Store one gallon per person per day for drinking and cleaning (extra for sanitation)
- Store water tightly in clean plastic containers; avoid glass containers or gallon water jugs which are likely to break
Store a one-week supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need refrigeration, cooking, or water. Replace according to dates on packaging.
- Emergency food bars or other packaged foods
- Staples such as sugar, honey, tea, coffee, canned milk
These are essential supplies to have ready for use after an emergency. Put contents in a large plastic garbage can with wheels or other container that you can easily move.
- Battery/solar-powered/hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Battery lanterns or flashlights, extra batteries
- First aid kit and instruction guide
- Moist towelettes, sturdy garbage bags, twist ties, and plastic bucket for emergency toilet
- Empty garbage can to store waste
- Extra warm blankets or sleeping bags for each person in case of cold temperatures
- Sturdy gloves for cleaning up broken glass or debris
- Scissors, duct tape, and plastic sheets/bags to cover broken windows or create shelter
- Bungee cords, utility knife, crowbar, and other tools to help repair damage or create shelter
- Wrench or pliers to turn off gas, water, electricity
These are supplies employees can use at work or to take along in case of an evacuation. Make extra to-go bags to keep in your car and at home.
- Local street maps and shelter information
- Copies of vital documents in a waterproof bag or wallet ( ID, passport, emergency contact list, insurance/bank information, and family photos for identification purposes).
- One-month supply of prescription medicines, refilled before expiration date
- List of allergies/medicine/dosages
- Emergency cash and change
- Pocket flashlight and batteries
- Pocketknife, tape, permanent marker, notepad
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Sturdy shoes, warm coat, compact rain poncho, and a hat with a brim/visor for warmth and sun/rain protection
- Toothbrush, small container of sun block lotion, tampons, lip balm, mints
From Ready.gov: Emergency Supplies
From FEMA: Emergency Supply Kit for Businesses