Building an Emergency Kit

Build a Kit

All residents should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days following an emergency.  An emergency preparedness kit should be customized to meet the needs of the individual and the family.  Be sure to think about your particular needs after addressing the basics of survival: fresh water, clean air and warmth.

Making an Emergency Kit:

Emergency Needs:
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Sleeping Bags & Blankets
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Flashlight
  • Utility Knife
  • Essential Medications
  • Extra Clothing
  • Pen & Paper
  • Cash
  • Important Address’ & Phone Numbers
  • Work Gloves
  • Basic Tools
  • Sanitation supplies (toiletry & hygiene)
Standard First-Aid Kit:
  • Laxatives
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Diarrhea Medicine
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Soap
  • Salt
  • Gauze
  • Band-Aid
  • Triangular Bandage (36”x36”x52”)
  • Elastic Bandage
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitary Napkins (Pressure Dressing)
  • Disposable Diapers (Dressing/ Splint/Padding)
  • Microspore Adhesive, Paper Tape
  • Matches
  • Needles
  • Tweezers
  • Small Splints, Popsicle Sticks
  • Heavy String
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Individual Medical Needs
Vehicle Kit:
  • Maintain at Least 1/2 Tank of Gas
  • First Aid Kit & Manual
  • Class ABC Fire Extinguisher
  • Radio & Batteries
  • Non-Perishable Food Stored in Coffee Can
  • Bottled Water
  • Bag of Sand, Shovel & Tools
  • Blankets or Sleeping Bags
  • Map
  • Moistened Towels
  • Plastic Bags
  • Essential Medications
  • Flashlights & extra batteries
  • Reflectors & flares
  • Jumper Cables
  • Short Rubber Hose for Siphoning
Be sure to account for growing children and other family changes and check the items in your kit to make sure everything will still work for your family.

CERT Training

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is another tool that is available to you to get yourself prepared in the event of disruption of essential services. Through the CERT training you will learn the essential steps you and your family will need in the event there is a disaster or other event that disrupts normal life. After you and your family are taken care of you will then be able to assist your neighbors and community.

The 20 hour training includes an introduction to:
  • Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness
  • Unit 2: Fire Safety
  • Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations-Part 1
  • Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations-Part 2
  • Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Unit 6: CERT Organization
  • Unit 7: Disaster Psychology
  • Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT
  • Unit 9: Course Review and Disaster Simulation
The course is funded by Homeland Security so it is provided at no charge to the participants. Each participant will receive a pack of essential equipment needed to respond to an incident as well as information needed to help you, your family, your neighbors and your community in the event of an unforeseen disaster. For more information, contact Wayne Redfield at 406-596-1443, or email.