Most Important

  • 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


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. 

Tips for keeping a healthy & safe home

Tips for keeping a healthy & safe home