Emergency Supply Kits

Cover everything with our emergency supply kit supplies list.

Overall, here’s what you’ll need to pack:

  • At Least a 3-day Supply of Food and Water
  • Water – one gallon per person, per day
  • Foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk
  • Manual can opener
  • Basic utensils to prepare, serve and clean up after meals

Supplies List

Health & Safety Supplies

  • 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum
  • Medical supplies like a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket
  • Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
  • Whistle
  • face masks, disinfectant, and other PPE items

Personal Care Items

  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Contact lenses or glasses


  • Flashlight
  • Radio, preferably labeled “NOAA Weather Radio”, that is battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank operated
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Extra batteries

Documents, Etc.

  • Copies of important documents such as insurance policies, deeds, property records, insurance cards and immunization records (also store important documents in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box away from your home).
  • Paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition
  • Make a record of your personal property (photos or a video of the interior and exterior of your home), for insurance purposes and keep copy in kit.
  • The emergency contact information in your family emergency plan
  • Extra cash
  • Maps of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys

For Children

  • Baby supplies like bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers
  • Games and activities for children

For Pets

  • A 3-day supply of food and water for each pet. A cat or a dog will generally need 1 gallon for three days.
  • Bowls or bottles
  • Manual can opener
  • Cleaning Supplies – depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach
  • Pet medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container; first aid kit with a pet first aid book
  • Transport supplies – a collar with up-to-date ID tag (dogs and cats), a sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pets safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
  • Pet toys and the pet’s bed, if you can easily bring it, to reduce stress
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them, and to prove that they are your pets, in case you become separated from them
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care


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