During an emergency, you can be a hero to your loved ones in just a few simple steps. So, while public safety heroes are leaping from tall buildings, you can take care of your family in a single bound.

Utilities and basic services could be interrupted for a while. Ward off a personal disaster by collecting these items ahead of time. To build an emergency kit to sustain your family for at least THREE days. Here’s what you’ll need:

Recommended Items to Include in a

Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water 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 and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, or a hand crank flashlight
  • 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 (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger

Pro Tips:

  • On a budget? No problem. Many of these items can be found at local dollar stores.
  • Put an old backpack to use or cruise garage sales and local thrift stores for an inexpensive bag to hold your kit.
  • While you’re at it, make another kit for your vehicle, workplace or school.

Find more tips on preparedness here:

Disaster Preparedness Guide