Build A Kit

Keep a preparedness kit at your home at all times with the following suggested items in it. Some of these items will be needed as basic provisions in your home, some you will take with you when you evacuate, and others will be needed once the storm has passed and you are allowed to re-occupy your home. Include items based on your own needs. The following are suggested items, but build your kit to your needs.

  • Water for both drinking and sanitation – one gallon of water per person per day. (The suggested amount is for at least 1-week)
  • Non-perishable food (also enough for at least one week)
  • Battery- or solar-powered or hand-cranked Radio/TV/Fan/Flashlight(s)
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Can opener
  • Matches or lighter
  • Prescription medicines (a month’s supply)
  • Tools (hammer, screw driver, pliers, and nails)
  • Spare keys to home and vehicles
  • Plastic garbage and storage bags
  • Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, eating utensils
  • Toilet Paper
  • Emergency cooking facilities / Sternos / Propane for gas BBQ grills
  • Fuel (stored in an approved container outside)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bleach (without lemon or any other additives)
    • Only two drops per quart or liter is necessary to make water potable
    • Use sparingly for cleaning surfaces
  • Water purification tablets
  • Blanket and pillows
  • Mosquito/insect repellent and killer
  • Sunscreen
  • Other: rope, an inflatable raft, life preservers, a tarp, sleeping bags and blankets, duct tape, and mosquito netting.
  • Also consider:
    • Supply of masks and face coverings (up to two week’s worth)
    • Hand sanitizer gel


  • Proof of residency/business
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance policy
  • Utility bill
  • Birth/marriage certificate
  • Bank account information
  • Mortgages
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Phone numbers of family, friends, physician, pharmacy, caregiver and business/employer contacts
  • Property photos
  • Maps of the city, county and state (Paper copies)

For other kits including, children, seniors, and pets click here

More suggested items are listed in Our Hurricane Guide Below.