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Build Your Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit will help keep you and your family safe. Use this checklist to help you assemble your own kit.


  • An emergency plan with contact information, two ways to evacuate the home and a designated meeting place.
  • Important documents in a fire-proof safe, an expandable folder or on a portable storage device.
    • Birth and Marriage Certificates
    • Passports and Social Security Cards
    • Insurance Policies and your Agent’s Contact Information
    • Family Wills
    • Proof of Ownership or Lease of Residence
    • Vehicle and Boat Registrations
    • Loan and Deed Documents
    • Information Related to your Financial Investments, Retirement and Banking
    • Lists of Medications and Health Information
    • Digital Files of Family Photos
    • Keys to a Safe Deposit Box
  • Recent Photos of your loved ones, in case you are separated.
  • Local Maps


  • One Gallon of Water per Person per Day
  • A Three-Day Supply of Non-Perishable Food
  • Can Opener
  • Mess Kit with Utensils and Dishware

Sanitary Items:

  • Household Chlorine Bleach and a Medicine Dropper to Disinfect Objects and Purify Water
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Garbage Bags and Ties, Toilet Paper, Moist Towelettes


  • First Aid Kit
  • Batter-Powered or Hand-Crank Radio
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • A Whistle to Alert Emergency Responders of your Location, if Trapped
  • Dust Masks for the Family
  • Cell Phone with Chargers
  • Matches in a Waterproof Container


  • Sleeping Bag or Bedding
  • A Change of Clothing for each Family Member
  • Some Cash in Small Bills

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