Preparing for an Emergency Step 2 - Build a Kit

A disaster supply kit is a collection of essential items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Assemble your kit, and review it annually. If you evacuate, take your kit with you.

Basic Disaster Supply Kit

We recommend having the following items as part of your basic disaster supply kit:

  • Water: one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, a weather radio, and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, & plastic ties
  • Feminine supplies & personal hygiene items
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
  • Cash
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, etc.

Additional Supplies

Once your basic supply kit has been stocked, additional items to consider include:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Shot records for pet(s)
  • A carrier for each pet
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
  • Paper and pen/pencil

Persons with Disabilities, Barriers or Impairments

By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. Inventory what you use every day to live independently. Identify the essential items you will need for at least three days. Stock custom essentials in your kit like:

  • Durable medical equipment
  • Assistive technology
  • List of medications
  • Contact information for doctors 
  • Have a method to communicate your impairments and needs

Pet Disaster Supply Kit

Don’t forget to keep necessary items for your pets as part of your disaster supply kit in case you need to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. You will need these items:

  • Current rabies vaccination certificate
  • Shot records
  • Leash and collar
  • County animal license tags
  • Medications
  • Create or cage for each animal
  • Pet food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Newspaper or pet pad
  • Comfort items for your pets
  • Remember, being ready is the key to maintaining your independence.
  • Pet Disaster Supply Kit

Rotate Supplies

Review and change out your supplies before and after hurricane season each year to ensure your information is up to date, and you have enough food that your whole family will like to eat if necessary.