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Your home emergency kit should contain essential food, water and supplies to live on for at least three days. Keep your emergency kit in a designated location in your home and in an easy-to-carry container in case you need to evacuate (you should also keep a smaller emergency kit in your car). Make sure that all family members know where the emergency kit is kept.

Below is a checklist of items that you could include in your emergency kit. As you prepare your kit, think about your family's particular needs and adapt this list as needed.


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  • Bottled water (each person in your family needs at least one gallon every day for drinking and bathing)
  • At least a three-day supply of foods that won't spoil
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Sterile adhesive bandages (different sizes)
  • Gauze pads
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Antibacterial wet wipes
  • Antiseptic spray/antibiotic ointment
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Latex gloves 
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins (different sizes)
  • Cold pack
  • Non-breakable thermometer
  • Wooden tongue depressors
  • Cotton-tipped applicator sticks
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Eye wash
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Antacid
  • Laxative
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Emetic (to induce vomiting)
  • Smelling salts
  • Snake bite kit
  • First aid kit
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Heavy socks (at least two pairs)
  • Hats and gloves
  • Extra clothing and blankets
  • Rain gear
  • Cash — because ATMs may not work during an emergency
  • Tools and supplies
  • Case/nylon bag/fanny pack
  • Mess kits or paper cups, plates, plastic utensils
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Propane cooking stove
  • Pot and pan for cooking
  • Aluminum foil
  • Multi-purpose tool/utility knife
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Paper and pencil/pen
  • Tent
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to be used when directed)
  • Pliers/wrenches
  • Pry bar
  • Compass
  • Light sticks
  • Signal flare
  • Whistle
  • Needles and thread
  • Scissors
  • Matches in a water-proof container or bag
  • Plastic storage containers or plastic storage bags
  • Medicine dropper
  • Dust mask (for dust/debris)
  • Hard hat
  • Work gloves
  • Battery-powered fan
  • Extra keys for car and house
  • Nylon cord
  • Portable generator, if possible
  • Spray paint
  • Toilet paper/facial tissues/paper towels
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal hygiene items — toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Small shovel
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid (indoor toilet)


For Children

  • Baby formula/food for at least three days
  • Diapers for at least three days
  • Bottles for at least three days
  • Powdered milk for at least three days
  • Medications for at least one week
  • Games/Activities
  • Special toy for comfort
  • Wet wipes
  • Extra sets of clothing (check sizes every three months)
  • Anti-rash ointment
  • Emergency contact information in case you are separated from loved ones during an emergency
  • Blankets

For Adults:

  • One-week minimum supply of any prescription drugs (heart, high blood pressure medication, insulin, etc.)
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eyeglasses
  • Playing cards and books
  • Lip balm and sunscreen

For People with Special Needs and Older Pennsylvanians:

  • One-week minimum supply of prescription medications and dosage information (including inhalers, insulin, etc.)
  • Medical equipment and information on how it's used
  • Extra eyeglasses, contacts and hearing aids
  • Extra batteries for medical equipment (hearing aids, wheelchairs, portable oxygen units, etc.)

For Pets/Service Animals:

  • At least three days' worth of pet food, bottled water and supplies for your service animal or pet
  • Medications and medical records
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Extra leash and collar with ID tags
  • Dishes/bowls
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Copies of licenses
  • Name and phone number of veterinarian
  • Microchip or tattoo number
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Bedding
  • Paper towels and clean-up bags

Important Documents Folder in Water-Proof Container:

  • Recent family photos including photos of pets
  • Copies of Medicare/Medicaid and health insurance cards
  • Copies of birth certificates
  • Copies of drivers' licenses
  • Copies of homeowner and car insurance policies
  • Bank account numbers
  • Cash
  • Local and state maps
  • Pre-paid phone cards