Build a Kit

A resilient community is one that is prepared to deal with any type of emergency or disaster. One of the best ways to be prepared is to start gathering emergency supplies.

An Emergency Supplies Kit should contain items you may need if you have to leave your home for whatever reason or are told you must evacuate for your safety. Ideally, it is recommended that you keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days, but if possible, for one to two weeks.

Plan to store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags, small covered tubs or small covered trash containers.

Items to include:

  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • A first aid kit that includes your family's prescription medications
  • A NOAA weather/disaster radio, and plenty of extra batteries
  • A flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler's checks
  • Sanitation supplies, such as toilet paper, feminine pads, wipes and more
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • If you and/or family members wears glasses, be sure to have an extra pair of glasses
  • Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
  • Keep a smaller supplies kit in the trunk of your car--in case you are not able to return home

For more information on building and maintaining a kit, please visit Be sure to review the links on the left side of the page for detailed information.

If you'd like a physical calendar to work with to build your supplies and plan it over a few weeks and/or months, a Supply Attainment Calendar is practical.