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What do I need for a Home Emergency Survival Kit?

Every home should have a Home Emergency Survival Kit made, stored and checked regularly. Your Home Emergency Survival Kit should be located in an area easy to access, and should have the following items in it, at a minimum. See below for a more detailed list of additional items that are useful to have on hand.



Minimum Items needed:

(3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for shelter at home)


  1. Water: one gallon per person, per day

  2. Food: canned and dry goods should be checked monthly for expiration. Do not add in perishable items.

  3. Cell phone with extra chargers

  4. Flashlights with Extra batteries. One per person.

  5. Extra Cash

  6. Medications (7-day supply) and any medical items needed

  7. Box of tools or Multi-purpose tool

  8. Sanitation and personal hygiene items

  9. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

  10. Family and emergency contact information https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/National/m4240194_ECCard.pdf

  11. First Aid Kit

  12. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

  13. Blankets. One per person.

  14. Area Map

  15. Can opener

Additional Items to consider:

  • Games/Toys for small children

  • Pictures of loved ones

  • Water proof shoes/clothing

  • Flares

  • Tarp

  • Solar Powered Lantern

  • Propane

  • Propane cooktop

  • Pet Food (check monthly for freshness)

  • Whistle

  • Matches

  • Work Gloves

  • Scissors, Tape (Duct), Heavy Duty Rope/Twine





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