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Emergency Preparedness

Hazards in Our Area

  • Winter storms

  • Heat

  • Hurricanes

  • Tornadoes

  • Lightning

  • Power outages

  • Flooding

  • Fires

  • Pandemic

Build a Kit

Emergency Supply List

  • Basic Kit: a basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

    • Water (one gallon per person per day for several 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

    • Flashlight

    • First aid kit

    • Extra batteries

    • Whistle (to signal for help)

    • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

    • 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)

    • Manual can opener (for food)

    • Local maps

    • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

  • Pets

    • Pet food and extra water for your pet

    • Extra blankets 

    • Any medications needed for your pet

  • Special Considerations

    • Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

      • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces

      • Prescription medications. About half of all Americans take a prescription medicine every day. An emergency can make it difficult for them to refill their prescription or to find an open pharmacy. Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency.

      • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives

      • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution

      • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream

      • Cash or traveler's checks

      • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container

      • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

      • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes

      • Fire extinguisher

      • Matches in a waterproof container

      • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

      • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

      • Paper and pencil

      • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Kit Storage Locations


Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.

  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Make a Plan

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