This is an area where so many people can have a significant
impact on their own level of preparedness, without a lot of money or resources.
The fact is, the efforts of first responders during an emergency or disaster in
the first 72-hours will be on those directly impacted by the hazard. That
doesn’t mean you or your family don’t have needs during that time. A
well-stocked preparedness kit can go a long way to make a potential disaster
much easier to bounce back from.
Where do I need a
We should all have a 72-hour preparedness kit at home, to
support ourselves and our families. In addition, it’s a great idea to have a
smaller, grab-and-go kit in your office,
and weather-appropriate kit in your vehicle.
Students should also consider having kits in there dorms, backpacks, or
Where can I get my
Kits can be purchased commercially from the Red
Cross and many retailers, or can be built and customized using a simple
Basic Supplies -
A good kit should, at minimum, include the following basic supplies:
Water—one gallon per person, per day
Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA
Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list
and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home,
passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
After that – customize your kit to fit your needs and the
needs of your family.