Disaster Resource Book
Keep important phone numbers, family photos and other vital instructions all in one place. Print out our Disaster Resource Book, cut the pages to size and place in a 4 x 6 photo album of your choosing. Tuck into your backpack, home or car kit for emergency info at your fingertips!
An emergency kit is one of your first lines of defense after a disaster. Ideally, you want to prepare your main or primary supply kit and store it in an easily accessible location at home. In addition, build smaller kits to keep in your personal vehicle(s), workplace and school.
Your kit should contain six essential items: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing/bedding, tools/emergency supplies and special items including important family documents.
Build your kit as if you'll be on an urban camping trip for a minimum of three days. That is, you won't have access to electricity, phones, natural gas, running water, groceries, drug stores, or other conveniences, like ATMs or gas stations, which we take for granted on a daily basis.
What you stock in your kit is up to you! Customize your kit to meet your specific physical, medical and individual needs and preferences. Take special care with medical supplies you or a family member are dependent on and be sure to keep a minimum of seven to 10 days worth of prescription medication available at all times. Most likely, pharmacies will not be open after a major disaster after only three days.
Chances are you have many if not most of your kit supplies already at home, just not in a separate container in a central location. A container like a rolling suitcase or storage bin makes it easy if you had to evacuate your home right away.