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Time to Build Your Emergency Kit

An emergency kit doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. It is simply a collection of basic things you and your family may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your kit assembled ahead of the emergency as you may have only a moment's notice to evacuate your home. Have the essentials ready to go in an easy to access place, rotate them out on a regular basis (check your expiration dates annually), and update necessary items as your family needs change. 

Depending upon the emergency, you may have to survive by your own means after an event. This will require you to have your own supplies of food, water and other essentials in quantities to last approximately 72 hours. First responders will be there as soon as possible, but if disaster is widespread and heavy it may take additional time to get to you. During weather emergencies, common amenities such as electricity, gas, water, sewage and phone lines may be unavailable for extended periods of time. Your emergency kit should allow you to make it through these types of emergencies until help reaches you or you are able to leave the affected area.

Here are some suggestions for your emergency kit:


  • One gallon of water per person, per day. Bathtubs may be filled to use for non-drinking purposes. Don't forget water for your pets!
  • Two-week supply of non-perishable food and beverages
  • Baby supplies if you have infants or toddlers - baby food, diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Update and restock your first aid kit
  • Plan for your pets. Be prepared to take them with you and know the shelters where they are welcome.
  • Take important documents with you such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, wills, insurance documents, healthcare initiatives, etc. Keep them in a waterproof file if possible.
  • Battery-operated weather radio with extra batteries
  • Battery-operated flashlights with extra batteries; crank-style flashlights
  • Candles with matches (keep matches in a waterproof bag)
  • Manual bottle opener and can opener
  • Portable ice chest or cooler
  • Insect repellant
  • If you have the luxury of a generator, be sure to secure extra fuel
  • Extra propane tanks for a gas grill


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Learn more about building your family's emergency plan. 
Download FEMA documents on building emergency kits for kids and parents. Available in Spanish, too!

FEMA Emergency Kit Checklist for Parents (Spanish)
FEMA Basic Emergency Supply List
FEMA Emergency Kit Checklist for Kids (English)
FEMA Emergency Kit Checklist for Kids (Spanish)

From Bankers Insurance Group 
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