Create an Emergency Supply Kit

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Natural disasters can strike any time, cutting you and your family off from crucial supplies for up to several days. FEMA recommends maintaining an emergency supply kit to provide you with the necessities needed to survive for several days on your own.

Items to Include in Your Kit

  • At least 3 gallons of water per person (3 day supply at 1 gal/person/day)
  • Non-perishable food & can-opener
  • Flashlight, radio, and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, toilet paper, and other personal hygiene products
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Whistle
  • Local map(s)
  • Duct tape
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container (ID, insurance policies, bank records)
    If you need copies of insurance documents, contact us or request a document on our service & claims page.

In addition to the essentials, you may want or need to supplement your emergency supply kit based on the size and age of your family, where you live, or your personal preferences.

Additional Items to Consider

  • Supply of prescription medications
  • Food/water for pets
  • Diapers, bottles, and formula
  • Cash
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, cold-weather clothing
  • Additional clothing
  • Waterproof matches
  • Puzzles, games, books, and other activities
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Masks
  • Cookstove and fuel
  • Sunscreen


It’s important to maintain your kit, rotating in new food & water every 6 months or so. Make sure to check on the expiration dates of other materials like batteries and prescription medications. If you have young children, you may need to swap out clothing as they age.

Additional Sources

FEMA – Emergency Supply Checklist

American Red Cross – Survival Kit Supplies

American Red Cross – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

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