- Water – 3 gallons per person in small, easy open bottles
- Several flashlights – Keep by your bed and around the house as electricity might go out
- One week supply of medicines (rotated regularly) with instructions for use – dosage, frequency, doctor’s name, and phone. Post this information on your refrigerator under the heading “EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS”
- First Aid kit
- Shoes under the bed – to protect feet from broken glass, windows, lamps, etc.
- First extinguisher – know how to use it!
- Smoke alarm – Check the battery once a year. If you have difficulty hearing, consider a flashing light alarm
- Battery-operated radio or TV – to listen for information about the disaster
- Whistle or loud bell – to attract attention
- Wrench to turn off gas – for use only if gas is smelled
- Garbage bags – for personal waste
Other Important Things You May Need
- Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food – canned food and juices, dried fruit, crackers, etc.
- Manual can opener – electricity may not be available
- Extra eye glasses, hearing aid, mobility aids, etc. – in case of equipment damage
- Extra blankets – if electricity goes out, you may not have heat
- Dry goods – toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, personal hygiene supplies
- Pet food and extra water for your pet(s) or service animal
Other Good-to-Have Supplies
- Rubber or heavy gloves, broom, etc. – to clean up broken glass
- Duct tape, masking tape
- Cash – banks may be closed
SERVICE ANIMALS AND PET OWNERS
Make sure that I.D. tags and licenses are current.
Have an animal care plan – who will care for your pet if you are evacuated? Pets, unlike service animals, may not be allowed in emergency shelters.
Be prepared to function without assistance from a service animal - identify alternate mobility cues.
Assemble your service animal’s emergency kit - water bowl, extra food, etc.