Make a Go-Bag
To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Download a printable version (Spanish) to take with you to the store.
Keep Documents Safe
- Make copies of important records (including for your pet)
- Sign up for direct deposit and electronic banking
- Store important documents on a secure, password-protected jump drive or in the cloud.
- FEMA Safeguard Critical Documents and Valuables Sheet
- FEMA Safeguard Critical Documents and Valuables Sheet Spanish
- See FEMA Financial Checklist
- Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Pet Emergency Kit
Your pets are an important member of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan. If you have a plan in place for you and your pets, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry when you need to make a decision during an emergency. If local officials ask you to evacuate, that means your pet should evacuate too. If you leave your pets behind, they may end up lost, injured or worse.