Build a Kit


This is an area where so many people can have a significant impact on their own level of preparedness, without a lot of money or resources. The fact is, the efforts of first responders during an emergency or disaster in the first 72-hours will be on those directly impacted by the hazard. That doesn't mean you or your family don't have needs during that time. A well-stocked preparedness kit can go a long way to make a potential disaster much easier to bounce back from.

Where do I need a kit?

We should all have a 72-hour preparedness kit at home, to support ourselves and our families. In addition, its a great idea to have a smaller, grab-and-go kit in your office, and weather-appropriate kit in your vehicle. Students should also consider having kits in there dorms, backpacks, or apartments.

Where can I get my kits?

Kits can be purchased Commercially from the Red Cross and many retailers, or can be built and customized using a simple checklist that can be found HERE.

Basic Supplies - A good kit should, at minimum, include the following basic supplies:

  • Water - one gallon per person, per day
  • Food - non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

After that - customize your kit to fit your needs and the needs of your family.