In addition to the standard supplies, certain things will help you—and only you—manage during an emergency. Set aside a few items that will give you and your family extra comfort.



Everyone enjoys a tall drink of water. Stay hydrated by gathering one gallon per person, per day.
first aid kit

First aid kit

You might need to be able to patch up small scrapes until help arrives. Channel your inner Scout and keep a first aid kit on hand.

Flashlight and extra batteries

While candles are great for ambience, a good flashlight is invaluable for navigating if power is out. Simply put: it buys you freedom.
fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher

You didn’t start the fire. But you can help extinguish it. Stash a fire extinguisher with your supplies so that you can stay safe.
can opener

Manual can opener

Just like when camping, in an emergency an old fashioned can opener is just the ticket. Impress your friends with your canned culinary choices.
non-perishable food

Non-perishable food

Next time you’re at the grocery store, add extra shelf-stable foods (that you like to eat!) to your basket. We recommend 3 days of food per person.

These items represent things that many people want in an emergency—but don’t always think of. Stash them away, and you’ll get through the first 72 hours more easily.

warm clothes

Warm clothes and sturdy shoes

You never know when an emergency might happen—or what you might (or might not) be wearing. Be ready for the elements by setting aside warm clothes and walking shoes.

Radio (battery operated or hand crank)

Feeling safe starts with knowing what’s going on—so tune into the radio. Check 740AM for live updates—and your favorite radio station to pass the time.


In an emergency, credit cards might not work, and cash becomes important. Protect your purchasing power by stashing small bills.

Sleeping bag or blankets

Keeping warm is crucial. Blankets and sleeping bags will help you stay snug, even when the fog rolls in—or if the power goes out.
car cellphone charger

Cellphone charger (battery operated or car plug-in)

A battery operated phone charger, or one that plugs into your car, will help you stay informed, take photos, and communicate in an emergency.


A basic toolkit with items like a hammer and duct tape will help you turn off the gas, repair broken windows, or board up your home.

In addition to the standard supplies, certain things will help you—and only you—manage during an emergency. Set aside a few items that will give you and your family extra comfort.



Plan for your personal health. Keep a 3-day dose of any medicine you take on a regular basis, in case the pharmacy is closed.

Sweet (or salty) treats

What non-perishable comfort food would lift your spirits? A supply of chocolate, dried fruit, or nuts with your emergency snacks might make you smile, and help you make friends.
sanitation items

Personal hygiene & sanitation items

Toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer, a toothbrush, soap, unscented bleach, and heavy duty garbage bags are a good place to start.

Personal documents

Upload copies of your driver’s license, passport, leases, titles, and contact list to the cloud. Protect your assets, by going digital. Or make photocopies.
toys and games

Children’s toys and games

What unique items would make your family feel better in an emergency? Favorite games? Special toys? Little things can make a big difference.
dog bowl

Pet items

Don’t forget to store dog food, toys, or extra water for your pets.

Come together.

Emergencies are opportunities to come together and support those around you. Sharing a meal, book, or phone charger are even more meaningful in the days after an emergency than before. What items would you share with friends and neighbors?



board games

Board games