Prepare Your Go-Kit

Having a basic survival kit on-hand to sustain yourself and your family after an emergency is an essential part of preparation. Think first about basic survival needs: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Store your supplies in a portable container as close as possible to an exit and review the contents of your kit a few times a year (When the time changes from standard to daylight savings time is a great reminder!)  

Start your kit by reviewing the lists below to see what you need.  Don't let this list overwhelm you.  Make it easy on your budget by picking up one or two items each time you shop. 

Food Service Needs

  • Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day: 3-7 day supply
  • Non-perishable food that meets your dietary requirements: 3-7 day supply
  • Manual can opener or pop top cans/containers and eating utensils
  • Juice/soft drinks/instant coffee or tea
  • Plastic wrap/zip-lock bags/garbage bags
  • Paper plates, cups, aluminum foil
  • Cooler for food storage and ice
  • Lighter/matches, pots/pans
  • Camp stove or grill - outdoor use only! 

Personal Items

  • Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
  • Lawn chairs, folding chairs, cots
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, soap, deodorant, denture care, etc.)
  • List of emergency contact information
  • Prescriptions & over the counter meds
  • Spare glasses, contacts, cleaning solution
  • Extra hearing aid batteries
  • Baby/infant needs (diapers, formula, extra clothes, etc.)
  • Rain gear, hot and cold weather clothing
  • Closed-toe work shoes (no sandals)

Sanitation/Clean up Supplies

  • Water for cleaning
  • Unscented bleach to disinfect water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wet wipes and waterless hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary supplies
  • Filter face masks (Dust Mask)
  • Assorted cleaners and disinfectants
  • Brooms, mops, towels and rags
  • Bucket with tight fitting lid for emergency toilet

Pets & Service Animals

  • Water - 1 gallon per day for each animal: 7 day supply
  • Cage or carrier for each animal
  • Food and treats
  • Toys and comfort items
  • Clean up supplies
  • Immunization records, photos

Basic Safety Equipment

  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • First Aid Kit and Instruction Book
  • Landline telephone (does not require batteries or electricity)
  • Battery powered television, radio, clock
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Chemical Light Sticks (to replace candles)
  • Whistle (to signal for help if needed)

Basic Tools

  • Basic tool kit (hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.)
  • Specialized tools for water and gas valves, etc.
  • Plastic tarps with grommets or roll plastic sheeting
  • Assorted screws, nails or other fasteners
  • Duct tape
  • Canvas or leather work gloves

Miscellaneous Items

  • Spare keys (home, vehicles, boats, etc.)
  • Important papers
  • ID (driver's license, insurance cards, etc.)
  • Cash, credit cards, coins, checks
  • Prepaid telephone cards
  • Pens, pencils and paper
  • Maps and evacuation information
  • Keepsakes, significant photos, etc.
  • Books, games and other quiet entertainment

Medical Equipment

  • Medical equipment and assistive devices
  • Cooler with an ice pack if medications  need to be refrigerated
  • Medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability-related need

Disinfect Water with Bleach

Use household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: 9 parts water to 1 part bleach can be used as a disinfectant.  Use 16 drops of bleach to 1 gallon of water can be used to treat water in an emergency (do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners).

This supply kit is a good start,  but depending on your situation, you may need more or less items to survive after an emergency.  Another good idea is to use a container or suitcase with rollers to store and move your kit.

Emergency responders may not be able to get to you immediately after a disaster.  Being prepared means you are choosing to be a hurricane survivor.