Emergency Kit: What to Include

Severe weather can make it necessary to evacuate to a safe location with little notice. It is a good idea to build and maintain an Emergency Kit that can be easily located in the event of a power outage (think in the dark) if you have to leave in a hurry.

Items to include:

  • At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Baby needs (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • First aid kit
  • Manual can opener
  • Medicines (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Cell phones and battery-powered chargers (also consider portable crank or solar powered USB chargers)
  • Flashlights (and spare batteries)
  • Cash
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Books, magazines, games
  • Important documents (insurance, medical, bank account numbers, etc.)


By preparing your emergency kit in advance, if you hear of an approaching hurricane, tornado, flood, or other severe weather, you’ll already have easy access what you need.

Learn more about being prepared for severe weather:

Tornado Preparedness

What to do before, during, and after a hurricane

Top 13 ways to prepare for spring

11 tips for winterizing your home

How to protect your home against flooding


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