Be 2-Weeks Ready
Keep Supplies in Several Places
As we've seen recently, anything can happen. Have an emergency kit ready in case you need to evacuate or shelter in place without utilities. Try to have enough supplies in your kit to last two weeks. It's also good to have a few smaller kits, including:
- A "go kit" in case you need to leave home quickly.
- An under-the-bed kit, so you can get out of the house safely if there's an earthquake or other emergency at night.
- Work and car kits, in case you're not home when an emergency happens.
If you need...
- Prescription medication
- Medical, hearing, or vision devices
- Special food
- Translation or interpretation services
- Public transportation
- Public assistance for food and health services
- Help from a caretaker
- Regular support from behavior health or medical professionals
If you're responsible for...
Don't Get Overwhelmed
Use a Calendar
Making an emergency supply kit might seem like a lot of work, but it's really pretty easy once you get started. Get the most essential items (like water) first. Add other items over time. Use a Preparedness Calendar to keep you on track. Take your list with you every time you go to the store.
Find Ways to Trim Costs
Making a kit doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to get supplies for free or at a discount. Get creative about using things that may already be in your home. Work with your friends, family, and neighbors. See how you can help each other. Check out these tips for buying Emergency Supplies on a Budget.
Get Creative With Storage
Where you store your supplies depends on your situation. If you live in an apartment or small home, it may be hard to find space for your supplies. Use these tips for Storing Emergency Supplies.