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Make a Kit


Having a few essentials on hand can make a huge difference in an emergency. Making a kit that you can grab quickly during an evacuation or turn to for crucial supplies during a secure- or shelter-in-place will not only keep you calm, but also comfortable.

It is recommended that you:

  • Keep essential items like food, water, medications, and a phone charger with you at all times.
  • Maintain at least a couple of kits: one relatively full kit at home and smaller portable kits in your workplace, your car, or other places where you ordinarily spend time.
  • Keep contents in a duffel bag, plastic storage box, or a backpack. 
  • Store your water nearby but separately to avoid damaging dry items in case of leaks, especially if the area is vulnerable to freezing.
  • Check your kits at least once every six months to assure that everything is in good order.

In the sections below, we’ll give you an idea of the items that can be most useful in different locations — but remember, an emergency kit is still very personal. As you begin to build your kit, think about the items you may need in the first few hours to even days after a disaster has hit and customize your kit to meet your needs.