Build a Kit

Food & Water

Take a look around your kitchen. Could you survive two weeks on what’s there? Minus power? Minus running water? A well-organized emergency kit needs to sustain your household for 30 days in our area. Follow these suggestions when building your kit:

One gallon of water per person, per day.

Store a supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration or cooking and little or no water, such as:

    • Canned meats, fruits and vegetables

    • Canned juices and soups

    • High energy foods – peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix, beef jerky

When the power goes out, use refrigerator foods first and then the frozen foods; use them before they spoil. Use the canned and boxed foods last.


  • sterile 4" adhesive bandages

  • sterile 4" x 4" gauze pads

  • 4" rolled gauze bandages

  • large triangular bandages

  • butterfly bandages

  • adhesive tape

  • scissors and tweezers

  • moistened towelettes

  • bar soap

  • latex gloves

  • aspirin

  • non-aspirin pain reliever

  • antacid

  • anti-diarrhea medication

  • insect repellent

  • hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds

  • antibiotic ointment to dress wounds

  • sunscreen

  • safety pins

  • needle & thread

  • plastic bags

  • sanitary pads

  • instant cold packs

  • pocket knife

  • splinting materials

For more medical needs information click HERE.

For First Aid instructions, click HERE.


  • paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

  • battery-operated AM radio, extra batteries

  • flashlight

  • Camping lantern

  • Camp stove, sterno stove or barbecues

  • non-electric can opener

  • fire extinguisher

  • whistle

  • toilet paper and towelettes

  • liquid soap

  • feminine supplies

  • roll of plastic

  • duct tape to seal broken windows

Clothing and Bedding

  • one complete change of clothes

  • blankets or sleeping bags

  • mylar blankets

  • sturdy shoes, warm socks

  • hat and gloves

Special Items

  • Extra eye glasses

  • Prescription drugs and medications

  • Baby formula, food, and diapers

  • A Family Picture

  • Games and Books

  • Contact Lens Solution

  • Denture adhesive

Important Documents

After a major disaster, you may need financial assistance and will want to document any property loss for insurance and income tax purposes. Have ready access to the documents necessary for completing application forms, as well as those which could be difficult to replace. This will help reduce delay and frustration.

At a minimum:

    1. Gather property insurance papers (home, auto, boat, etc.) and make copies.

    2. Gather health insurance papers (medical provider, dental provider, life - do not resuscitate, extended disability, etc.) and make copies.

    3. Gather financial papers (bank, investment, retirement, etc.) and make copies.

    4. Gather wills, powers of attorney, estate papers and make copies.

    5. Take photos or video of all valuables as documentation for insurance claims.