Build an Emergency Supply Kit

Disasters can occur at any moment. Whether we are at home, work, or school, it is important for us to continually be prepared. Once disaster strikes, it could potentially take up to 72 hours for you and your family to receive aid. By creating an emergency supply kit, we can better keep ourselves and our families safe during a disaster.


There are six basic items you should stock in your home:

  • Store one gallon of water per person, per day
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household
  • Water should be stored in plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles. Do not store water in containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass
  • Keep in mind - hot environments, increased physical activity, children, nursing mothers, and ill persons require more water

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Emergency supply kit should be in a convenient place known to all family members
  • If possible, create a smaller kit for your vehicle
  • Check kits every 6 months - update as necessary and look for expiration dates on applicable items
  • Rotate food and water supply every 6 months

Please note: The listed items are suggestions of what to include in your emergency supply kit. It is important to note, items included in an emergency supply kit will vary based on individual and family needs.