What's In Your Emergency Supply Kit?

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September 17, 2014

National Preparedness Month

The National Preparedness Community
What's in Your Kit? Ensuring you have what you need when you need it most


An emergency or disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.


Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.


You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. This means having your own foodwater and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. 

Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Include items that you may use every day to live independently such as prescription medicines, diabetic supplies, food for special diets, hearing aids and batteriesdurable medical equipment and other assistive technology devices, and consumable medical supplies.


No idea where or how to start building your kit? Don't worry. We have you covered. Download our recommended list of supplies to get you started!


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Emergency Kit Cook-off: Making Preparedness Fun and Informative

Las Vegas Emergency Kit Cook-off

On Wednesday September 10th, the City of Las Vegas Department of Emergency Management held an Emergency Kit Cook Off. This event featured several other local cities to create gourmet bites from nonperishable emergency kit items to celebrate National Preparedness Month.

Their preparedness event drew a crowd and helped achieve their goal of promoting emergency preparedness and the importance of emergency kits. National Preparedness Community member, Carolyn Levering, provided us with some insights in how this event happened and why her team is passionate ensuring families in her city have what they need, when they need it most.  


Click below to learn more about how Carolyn devised this event and share how you've made preparedness fun in your community!


Have you hosted a preparedness event? Tell us about it here.

The Hunt is On!


It's not too late to join the Emergency Kit Scavenger Hunt! For the next two days, we are conducting our hunt via Twitter using #BuildaKit

The handles @PrepareAthon and @Readygov will provide clues four times a day (10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM). As clues are given, you will be challenged to answer with a picture of the emergency kit item. Be sure to study the basic disaster supply kit list at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. Answers will be revealed an hour after a clue is provided by two very familiar “flat” friends.

Follow along with #BuildaKit as @PrepareAthon and @Readygov give clues to completing the hunt!

We encourage you to participate as well as spread the word about this scavenger hunt. In addition, building a kit is a simple and low-cost action to take part in for America’s PrepareAthon! Don’t forget to register for the National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. 


How To Assemble a Disaster Preparedness Kit


It's important to make sure that your friends, families, and those you interact with on a daily basis understand the importance of building a disaster kit for emergencies relevant to them, their families and their environment. From emergency kit items for women to options to consider for children, there are many situations and scenarios you should prepare for. 

Please watch and share the video on how to build an emergency kit!

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National Preparedness Month 2014 Report Back Survey


Did you plan an event for National Preparedness Month? Take five minutes to share information about your event and the impact it had in your community. Your answers will help us share your stories and highlight your accomplishments on the National Preparedness Community and other online channels.


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