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Make A Go Kit

Preparing an Emergency Go Kit in advance can save precious time if you must evacuate or seek shelter. Put the following items in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase with wheels. Keep your kit in an easily accessible place.

Add the following to your kit:

  • At least a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store in sealed, unbreakable containers.
  • A three-to five-day supply of non-perishable canned food, and a non-electric can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Wrench and/or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • First Aid kit
  • Prescription medications for at least one week
  • List of family physicians, important medical information, and the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers
  • Cell phone charger
  • Extra set of eyeglasses, or contact lenses and solution
  • Rain gear, sturdy shoes, and a change of clothing
  • Blankets, bedding, and/or sleeping bags
  • Identification, credit cards, cash
  • Photocopies of important family documents including bank and home insurance information
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Local maps
  • N95 dust masks to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and scissors to shelter in place
  • Tools: screwdrivers, waterproof matches, a fire extinguisher, flares, plastic storage containers, needle and thread, pen and paper, a compass, garbage bags, moist towelettes, and regular household bleach
  • Special items for seniors, family members with disabilities, infants, and young children
  • Change batteries in all your equipment at least once a year. An easy way to remember is to do it when you turn your clocks back in the fall.

Special Items for Infants:

  • Formula, bottled water, bottles, nipples
  • Jars of baby food and baby spoons
  • Diapers and diaper rash ointment
  • Medications
  • Moist towelettes and hand sanitizer
  • Blankets, pacifiers, and layers of clothing
  • Sun hat in warm months, warm hat in cool months
  • Several small, lightweight toys