Having an emergency supply kit is an important step in being prepared. Your kit should be a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency, whether on campus, at home, or out and about. During and after an emergency, you may need to be self-sufficient, and your kit should have the essentials to keep you sustained for at least 72 hours.

Kit Essentials

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit & whistle to signal for help
  • Cell phone and computer chargers (inverter or solar charger are best)
  • Medications
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Extra cash (credit card and ATM networks might also be impacted by the emergency event)
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps

Another incredibly important item to have on you is identification. Examples of ID include your Spartan ID card, driver’s license, or passport.

Remember, we live in a seasonal climate. Make sure you have clothing ready that is appropriate for the season. Visit Ready.gov/kit for more information on building a kit.

Pets and Animals

Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Start with this list or download Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners-Emergency Preparedness Pet Kit List to find out exactly what items your pet needs to be ready.

Your kit should include:

  • Food (at least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container)
  • Water (at least three days of water specifically for your pets)
  • Medicines
  • Medical records, proof of vaccinations, registration and adoption documents (talk to your veterinarian about microchipping)
  • First aid kit (cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution and a pet first aid reference book)
  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash
  • Crate or pet carrier (a sturdy, safe crate or carrier large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down)
  • Sanitation needs (litter box and litter, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach)
  • A picture of you and your pet together to prove ownership (add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics)
  • Familiar items (treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet)
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