Make a kit fact sheet

While local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, it may not be possible for them to reach everyone right away. It could take hours, or even days, for assistance to reach you.

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephone may be cut off for days, weeks, or longer. You may also need to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Being able to take essential items with you quickly is important, since you may not have the opportunity to shop or search for supplies.

That’s why it’s important to develop fully-stocked disaster supply kits for your home and vehicle. They should include all the items you may need if you are stuck at home for a few days or need to just grab them and get out of the area. Having a disaster kit ready to go can make dealing with an emergency or disaster much easier, and ensure your family has what it needs to stay safe.

Kits at home — It’s important to have a three-day supply of food and water in your home, along with many other essentials. Find out what a home kit should look like. Read more…

Kits for your pet — Pets are important members of the family too! Make sure you have emergency supplies ready to care for your pet, including food, water, and any medications they are taking. Read more…

Kits for your car — Having a kit in your car can make it easier to stay safe if you get stranded somewhere, either due to weather or because of mechanical issues. Stock your vehicle with important supplies. Read more…

Protect family documents — There are a number of documents in your home that are important for helping your family recover following a disaster. Gather them, protect them, and make sure you can retrieve them quickly if you have to evacuate. Read more…

Financial preparedness — Getting assistance recovering from a disaster takes time. Make sure you have a plan for what to do while you’re waiting, along with some resources for support. Review insurance plans regularly to make sure you have enough coverage. Read more…

Get a weather radio — A NOAA Weather Radio can be an essential tool for making sure your household knows when severe weather is approaching. Find a model that works for you and a place in your home where you can clearly hear alerts when they are issued. Read more…