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Emergency Preparedness
In most kinds of emergencies, there is very little time to make decisions. That’s why it’s important to make plans before a crisis hits. You may have to get by without power or phone service for a few days – or worse, without food or water. You may not be able to buy gas for the car or find an ATM machine that works.

You could find yourself without identification, with no way to prove who you are. You probably won’t know the number of your insurance policy, your bank account, or your local hospital’s phone number. More good reasons to have a plan on standby if needed.

There’s information on emergency food and water in the left navigation column, along with how to use a portable electric generator without endangering utility crews working to restore your power.

Emergency Supplies

Here are some suggestions for emergency supplies to keep on hand in your home at all times – just in case. Store them in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers like a trash can.

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery-powered radio or TV
  • Matches
  • Tarp, plastic sheeting
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription and other medications
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Credit cards, traveler’s checks, or cash
  • Clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags, tent
  • Water and food
  • Baby and pet supplies
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, plastic bags, soap
  • Diapers and personal hygiene items
  • Hand can opener, knife, utensils
  • Camp stove, fuel
  • Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, dentures
  • Tools, nails, shovel, battery operated pump, buckets
  • Whistle, compass, paper, pencil, tape
  • Portable electric generator and fresh gasoline
  • Games, books, toys