What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
  1. Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  2. Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  3. Flashlight 
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  5. Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
  6. Deluxe family first aid kit
  7. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  8. Multi-purpose tool
  9. Sanitation and personal hygiene item
    Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
    Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
    Family and emergency contact information
    Extra cash
    Emergency blanket
    Map(s) of the area

 Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
    Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
    Games and activities for children
    Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
    Two-way radios
    Extra set of car keys and house keys
    Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
    N95 or surgical masks
    Rain gear
    Work gloves
    Tools/supplies for securing your home
    Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
    Plastic sheeting
    Duct tape
    Household liquid bleach
    Entertainment items
    Blankets or sleeping bags