Emergency Supply Kit
Emergency Supply Kit
It’s that time of the year again… hurricane season! During a natural disaster, there are many things that we can’t control; however, our preparation beforehand IS something we have control over. Diligent preparation can keep us, our loved ones, and our property safe, and a critical step in pre-hurricane prep is to put together an emergency kit. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has created a list of essential items to include in your emergency kit below.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Additional Emergency Supplies
- Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages two and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, or laxatives
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
Since natural disasters can occur when you least expect them, having an emergency kit ready to go in a few different locations is a good idea. Below is GOHSEP’s recommendations on locations:
Recommended Kit Storage Locations
- Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready if you must leave your house quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
- Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water, and other necessities like medicines and comfortable walking shoes stored in a “grab and go” case.
- Car: If you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your vehicle.
Whether this is your first hurricane season or you are a seasoned pro, it is imperative to take your preparations seriously for the well-being of yourself and those you love.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit https://getagameplan.org/.