What goes in your kit?
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and those in your household – including pets – for at least 72 hours.
Build an emergency kit in advance so you can grab it at a moment’s notice, whether you need to evacuate or shelter in place.
You should check your kit each season to make sure your supplies are fresh and address your current needs.
Special items to pack in your kit
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have infant children you will want to include:
- feeding items:
- breastfeeding aides
- baby food
- extra water
- diapers, wipes and extra clothes
- prenatal vitamins, ointments and medications for mom and child (over-the-counter and prescription)
- feeding items:
Allergies and chronic conditions
If you have severe allergies, dietary restrictions, chronic medical conditions or other medical needs, you will want to include the necessary supplies. For example, if you have diabetes you will want to include:
- MedicAlert bracelet or identification
- extra supply of insulin or oral agent
- pump supplies, syringes, needles and insulin pens
- small container for storing used syringes and/or needles
- blood glucose testing kit, spare batteries and record book
- supply of blood glucose and urine ketone testing strips and fast acting insulin for high blood glucose, if needed
- fast acting sugar for low blood glucose
- extra food to cover delayed meals
- ice packs and thermal bag to store insulin
- additional snacks to maintain blood glucose
Talk to your healthcare professional for advice.
If you have mobility needs you will want to include additional supports. For example, if you use a wheelchair you may want to include:
- tire patch kit or can of seal-in-air product to repair flat tires on your wheelchair or scooter
- supply of inner tubes
- pair of heavy gloves to protect your hands while wheeling over glass or other sharp debris
- latex-free gloves for anyone providing personal care to you
- spare deep-cycle battery for a motorized wheelchair or scooter
- a lightweight, manual wheelchair as a backup to a motorized wheelchair, if possible
- spare catheters, if needed
- your power outage backup emergency plan