Recommended Emergency Items

Basic Emergency Kit

Recommended items to have in your Basic Emergency Supply Kit should include the following:

  • Water
  • 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
  • Can opener for food
  • Local map

Additional Items

Additional Items should include:

  • Prescription medication and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for pets
  • Important family documents such as insurance policies
  • Identification and bank account records in a waterproof portable container
  • Cash or travelers checks and change
  • Sleeping bag or warm blankets
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt
  • Long pants socks and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies
  • Paper products
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books
  • Games
  • Puzzles or other activities for children 

Candles and gas lanterns are not a safe source of light during a power outage.