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Getting a kit is the first step to being prepared.  It is filled with vital items that you can use to survive during a disaster. Your kit is a valuable tool during anything from a small personal emergency to a full scale evacuation, or even a lifeline if you are stranded without help for a few days. This page will tell you what you should keep in your kit, and give examples of kits from some of our team members.

Disaster Kit Basics

Here is a short list of items that you should keep in your kit. You can add more items that think you might need.

  • Water. Keep 1 gallon of water per person per day

  • Food. Keep a couple days worth of nonperishable food, such as canned pasta or meal bars. Include a can opener if necessary

  • Radio. A battery powered or hand cranked radio will keep you updated on events and important communications.

  • LED Flashlight. Don't get lost in the dark, and keep extra batteries to keep your flashlight and radio running.

  • Cash. Electronic payments may be unavailable, so have a small amount of cash.

  • First Aid Kit. You or someone else may be hurt

  • Copies. Important items such as keys, forms of ID, etc.

  • More. Think of what you'll need if you were to be away from home for a few days.

Jay Rajyaguru

Director of Media and Communications

CERT Instructor

What's in my kit:

  • Shelters

    • Shelter volunteer​

  • Evacuation Zones

    • numbers​

  • Re-entry

  • Sheltering in place

Christopher Smyth

Deputy Program Director

CERT Instructor

What's in my kit:

  • Hat

  • 1 Gallon of Water

  • Portable Water Purifier

  • 4 Army MREs

  • 2 Days Clothing

  • Hygiene Kit

  • Glasses

  • Important Documents

  • Hatchet

  • Utility Tool

  • Tent

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Tarp

  • Hand-Crank Radio

  • Hand-Crank Flashlight

  • Solar Charger

  • Money

  • Zip-lock Bags

  • First Aid Supplies

  • Personal Protection Device

  • Fire Starter/Matches

  • Compass

  • Map of Area, Terrain, and Streets

Example Kits

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