Get a Kit

Put together an emergency kit and keep it somewhere easy to get if you have to evacuate. Keep your kit in a backpack, suitcase or tub, and keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car. 

Make sure you keep enough gas in your vehicle to make it out of town at all times. 

Items to take at the last minute

  • Wallet: identification, credit cards and cash
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Glasses and contacts
  • Medications
  • Car keys

Items to put in your emergency kit

  • Six liters of water per person (include small bottles)
  • Copy of your emergency plan, including emergency contact numbers
  • Prescription record from your pharmacist, as needed
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food per person
  • Change of clothing including extra warm clothing (hat, mittens)
  • Extra set of car keys
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights for each family member
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries, or wind-up radio
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, insurance and bank records)
  • Pet food and water

Additional supplies to consider

  • Candles and matches or lighter
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and garbage bags
  • Activities for children like books or toys
  • Basic tools and duct tape
  • Small fuel-operated stove and fuel
  • Other camping supplies

If time allows, consider packing family photos and other irreplaceable items, personal computer, information on hard drives, laptop(s) and charge cord(s), and easily carried valuables.