Emergency Preparedness

Build a Kit 

Prepare un kit de suministros (Link: https://www.ready.gov/es/kit) 

Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. 

  • A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: 
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation) 
  • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food) 
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert 
  • Flashlight 
  • First aid kit 
  • Extra batteries 
  • Whistle (to signal for help) 
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place) 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation) 
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities) 
  • Manual can opener (for food) 
  • Local maps 
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs: 

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces 
  • Prescription medications. About half of all Americans take a prescription medicine every day. An emergency can make it difficult for them to refill their prescription or to find an open pharmacy. Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency. 
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives 
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution 
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream 
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet 
  • Cash or traveler's checks 
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container 
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person 
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Matches in a waterproof container 
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items 
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils 
  • Paper and pencil 
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

For more information on building an emergency kit, please visit https://www.ready.gov/kit