Preparing Your Emergency Three Day Kit
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.
Start with an easy to carry water tight container. You can purchase a 50 gallon storage container fairly cheap. 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 container.
Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family's safety and comfort during and after a disaster. Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.
- Water - 1 gallon per person per day
- Prescription drugs
- 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 powder, 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, tarps and rain ponchos
- Large trash cans
- Bar soap and liquid detergent
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Toilet paper
- Household bleach
- Rubber gloves
You should also have a place for pets in the event of evacuation to public shelters.