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The best time to assemble a three-day emergency supply kit is well before you'll ever need it. Most people already have these items around the house and it is a matter of assembling them now before you need it.

Start with an easy to carry water tight container. A large plastic trash can will do, or line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next gather up the following items and place them in your kit:

Essentials:

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day 
  • Water purification kit or bleach 
  • First aid kit and first aid book 
  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup, cereals, etc. 
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottles, pacifier, soap, baby power, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices. 
  • Non-electric can opener 
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel 
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person 
  • Portable radio or portable TV with extra batteries 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Essential medications 
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses 
  • Extra house and car keys 
  • Fire extinguisher - ABC multipurpose 
  • Food, water, leash and carrier for pets 
  • Cash and change 
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes

Sanitation Supplies:

  • Large plastic trash bags for waste, taps and rain ponchos 
  • Large trash cans 
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent 
  • Shampoo 
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes 
  • Feminine hygiene supplies 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Household bleach 
  • Rubber gloves

    Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to you family's safety and comfort during and after a disaster. Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.

    Visit Ready.gov for more information on building an emergency kit. You are leaving the site.