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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 Else Do You Need?

Remember to plan for the special needs of Infants, the elderly and persons with disabilities when preparing your kit.

For Baby:

  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Formula
  • Medications
  • Moist towelettes
  • Powdered milk

For Adults, Seniors and/or People with Disabilities:

  • Plan how you will evacuate or signal for help.
  • Contact your city or county government's emergency information management office. Many local offices keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be located quickly in a sudden emergency. 
  • Create a support network to help in an emergency and give one member of your support network a key to your house or apartment.
  • Plan emergency procedures with home health care agencies or workers.
  • If you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility.

Gather the following items:

  • Copies of Medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • Denture needs
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra wheelchair batteries or other special equipment
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • List of your doctors and emergency contacts, relatives, or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.
  • The style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers. 
  • Label equipment like wheelchairs, canes or walkers.
  • Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.
  • Prescription Medication - List all prescription medications, including dosage, in your supply kit.  Include any allergies.
  • Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.
  • Teach others how to operate necessary equipment and tell others where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability.
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