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Family Emergency Kit

Plan Ahead

A family emergency kit should include a number of items such as:

  • Cash - in small denominations and coins
  • Clothing, bedding and sanitation supplies
  • Emergency supplies and tools
  • First Aid kit
  • Food and water
  • Important family documents in a waterproof, portable container
  • Special needs items

The kit should be in an easy-to-carry container and stored in a convenient place known to all family members. You may wish to keep a smaller supply kit in the trunk of your car as well.

Emergency Supplies and Tools First Aid Kit Food & Water Personal Items Special Needs

What Will You Eat or Drink?

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.

Pack a manual can opener, basic eating utensils and basic kitchen accessories needed for cooking, eating and storage.

Rotate your stored food every six months for freshness.

Choose foods your family will eat:

  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Comfort/stress foods such as cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags, hot cocoa.
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • food for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets.
  • High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, nuts.
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
  • Vitamins

Additional Items:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Plastic storage containers


Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.

  • Store three gallons of water per person per day, for drinking, food preparation and sanitation.
  • Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. 
  • Be sure to change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. 


  • Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water. If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.


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