Recommended Items to Include in a Disaster Kit

  • Water (at least 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
  • 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 to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Duct tape and a multipurpose tool
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Special items for infants, seniors, and people with disabilities
  • Copies of important personal documents
  • Emergency contact card (be sure to include an out-of-town contact)
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification Purposes
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change

If you have pets, include the following:

  • Enough drinking water to last your pet(s) for 3 days.
  • Non-perishable food (include a can opener if needed)
  • A solid carrier and/or leash
  • Litter and litter box or puppy pads along with plastic bags
  • Medicine and medical records
  • A picture of your pet in case you get separated
  • Tags and/or microchipping your pet will also make it easier to recover, should he/she get lost