During an emergency, you could lose important services, such as electricity, water, phones, and transit.
You might even need to leave your home.
It is important that you make emergency kits – filled with food, water, clothing, medicine, money, and other emergency supplies – for you, your family, and your pets.
Want more help? Print out these emergency kit checklists
While it is possible to purchase ready-made emergency kits, it's easy to make your own. All of the supplies you need are available at most grocery and camping supply stores. Use these lists to help you with your shopping.
If you want to purchase a kit already made, you can find them online, at medical supply stores, and at camping supply stores.
Evacuation (grab-and-go) kit
Every person in your family should have their own customized evacuation kit at home and at work. Keep the kits by the front door, where they will be easy to find if you need to evacuate quickly.
Check your kits twice per year to replace any expired food, batteries, and medicine. A good reminder to check is when changing your clocks for daylight savings in the spring and fall.
In an addition to your grab-and-go kit, a home kit will help you cope without services for 72 hours. Be sure to replace any expired food regularly.