An easy guide to building an emergency supply kit

Author: CCG Dev March 13, 2014


You simply cannot predict when a disaster will strike. But you can always be prepared for one.

No matter what time of year it is, having an emergency supply kit is of the utmost importance. There are certain items you and your family should have in case disaster strikes, and if an emergency situation arises, you might not have time to collect these items.

Both FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend having three days’ worth of supplies such as food, water and other supplies if you are forced to leave your home. The American Red Cross also recommends having another kit that will last you and your household for up to two weeks if you are able to stay in your home.

At a minimum…

  1. Water/Food: Make sure you have one gallon of water per person per day and non-perishable, easy-to-make food items. The Red Cross recommends a three-day supply for evacuation and a two-week supply for home.
  2. Medical supplies: A first aid kit, a seven-day supply of medications along with sanitation and personal hygiene items, blankets.
  3. Tools: Have a flashlight, battery-powered or a hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a multi-purpose tool and a cell phone with chargers and a manual and opener.
  4. Documents: It’s a good idea to copies of personal documents like birth certificates and insurance policies. Extra money. Maps of the area. Family and emergency contact information.

Also, consider what each family member needs…

  1. Children: Have plenty of baby supplies if necessary and games/activities for young children.
  2. More medical supplies: Consider what each family member needs and pack extras such as contact lenses, asthma inhalers, syringes, hearing aids with batteries, etc.
  3. Pet supplies.
  4. More tools: Perhaps two-way radios will be a good idea. Extra sets of car keys and house keys are also important. Also, whistles, matches, towels, gloves, duct tape, scissors and rain gear are good to try to pack.

Final tips…

Make sure your emergency supply kit is kept in a designated place and that everyone knows where it is. Keep these supplies stored so that you can easily carry them should the time arrive. Remember, disaster is unpredictable and can strike fast. You must be ready to go at a moment’s notice, so have your kit ready to grab and go.

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—     Sources: Swartz Contracting and Emergency Services, FEMA, The American Red Cross