Individuals & Families

What can you do to make your family better prepared for an emergency? Follow the three basic steps, “Make a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed,” and you will be more ready for almost any disaster affecting your community.

  1. Build a Kit
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Stay Informed
  4. Additional Emergency Items
  5. Additional Resources

Make an Emergency Kit

You should assemble a kit that contains at least three days worth of emergency supplies for all family members.

The kit should be stored in a cool, dry place in one or two rugged, water-resistant containers. Individual items within containers should be stored in plastic bags for added water resistance. 

The kit should be light enough so that a single adult or teenager can easily transport it.

The Preparedness Program has created an Emergency Supply Checklist (PDF) with recommended items families should have during an emergency.