Build a Kit

How To Prepare

After a hurricane the services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days.

Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location. Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily.

Your basic Emergency Supplies Kit should include:

  • Water

    One gallon per person per day (minimum of 7 days)

  • Food

    Enough for 2 weeks
    • non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    • foods for infants or the elderly
    • snack foods
    • manual can opener
    • cooking tools / fuel
    • paper plates / plastic utensils

  • Blankets

    or sleeping bag / Pillows

  • Clothing

    seasonal / rain gear / sturdy shoes

  • First Aid Kit / Medicines

    Prescription medications and first aid supplies. Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.

  • Special Items

    for babies and the elderly

  • Toiletries

    Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, hand sanitizer and soap, toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Flashlight / Batteries

  • Radio

    Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

  • Back-up Phone

    Make sure you have a back-up phone that requires no electricity. Don’t count on your cell phone – increased traffic on cell phone networks can quickly overload wireless capacity.

  • Cash

    Emergency cash in small denominations

  • Keys

    Extra keys to your house and vehicle

  • Toys, Books and Games

  • Important documents


    • insurance records
    • medical records
    • bank account numbers
    • social security card
    inventory lists or photos

  • Disposable camera

    although not a necessity

  • Local map

  • Permanent marker, paper and tape

  • Photos of family members

    and pets for re-identification purposes

  • List of emergency phone numbers

  • List of allergies

    Info to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food

  • Copy of health insurance

    & identification cards

  • Extra prescriptions

    for eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items

  • Tools

    keep a set with you during the storm such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
    • Heavy work gloves
    • Pocket knife
    • Dust mask

  • Unscented liquid household bleach

    and an eyedropper for water purification

  • Plastic sheeting

    , duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows

  • Whistle

  • Plastic Bucket

    and large, heavy-duty plastic bags for waste and sanitation

  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled

  • Pet Disaster Supplies Kit


    • Sturdy leashes and/or carriers to transport pets Animal shelters may require owners to provide a pet carrier for each animal.
    • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost
    • Food and potable water, for at least one week
    • Bowls and can opener
    • Cat litter and pan
    • Plastic bags for sanitation purposes
    • Pet toys
    • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems
    • Immunization records
    • Name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets.