An emergency preparedness kit will help ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Making one is easy, inexpensive, and quick - in fact, you probably already have most of the items you need.
Your emergency preparedness kit should contain adequate supplies to keep you and your family self-sufficient in your home for at least three days.
Assemble the supplies in an easy-to-carry container and store it in an easy to get to location.
Your kit should contain:
- Battery-operated or crank radio
- Flashlights and extra light bulbs
- Extra batteries
- Cash or traveler's cheques
- Utility knife
- Fire extinguisher; ABC type
- Tube tent
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Plastic sheeting
- Candles and matches/lighter
- Extra car keys
- Important papers
- Food and bottled water
- Clothing and footwear (one change per person; more for children)
- Toilet paper and other personal supplies
- First aid kit
- Backpack/duffel bag
- Plastic garbage bags, ties
- Disinfectant, chlorine bleach
- Extra fuel for car, stored in a safe place and in an approved container; not a large quantity
- Map of area and compass
- Adjustable wrench, to shut off household gas and water
- Whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
- Playing cards, games, paper, pencils
For more information on emergency preparedness, call 3-1-1, or consult the Red Pages in your phone book.