Create an Emergency Kit

When a disaster strikes, or is about to strike, it is likely you will not have time to shop for essential items. Whether you are sheltering in place or need to evacuate, there are a number of basic items you will need at your disposal. That is why it is critical that every household assemble an emergency kit ahead of time and keep it current. You should review the contents of your kit at least once a year and refresh any expired or outdated items. Below is a list of basic items to include in your emergency kit, as well as items Mississippians with disabilities/special needs should consider including, as well.

Large Storage Container – to keep all of the supplies of the kit in one spot

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days, including:

  • any special food needed for dietary purposes
  • non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
  • snack foods
  • non-electric can opener
  • cooking tools / fuel
  • paper plates / plastic utensils

Written instructions for care and medication

  • list of all medications and their dosages
  • list of all doctors
  • list of the styles and serial numbers of medical devices you use

First Aid Kit – medicines / prescription drugs including:

  • an extra supply of required prescription medications (you should have medication for at least two weeks)
  • extra oxygen if necessary
  • adhesive bandages
  • bug repellent
  • burn cream
  • aspirin
  • pain relievers
  • rubbing alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide

Extra Set of Eyeglasses and Hearing Aid Batteries

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing – seasonal /rain gear/ sturdy shoes

Toiletries – hygiene items / moisture wipes

Flashlights – each family member should have their own flashlight.

Batteries

Radio – a hand-cranked or solar powered radio is ideal; if using a battery operated radio, buy at least seven sets of batteries for the kit

Telephones – fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Cash and Credit Cards – banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods; make sure cash is in small bills

Extra Set of Keys – home and car

Toys, Books and Games

Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight re-sealable plastic bag

  • extra copies of medical insurance documents and Medicare/Medicaid cards
  • other insurance records (home, car, etc.)
  • medical records
  • bank account numbers
  • Social Security card, etc.

Tools – keep a set with you during the storm; gather together sheets of plastic, tools, nails, duct tape and paint

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items

  • proper identification / immunization records / medications
  • ample supply of food and water
  • carrier or cage
  • muzzle and leash

Whistle

People with mobility disabilities should consider including the following in their emergency kit:

  • Pair of heavy gloves to use while wheeling or making your way over glass and debris
  • Extra battery for your motorized wheelchair or scooter
  • Jumper cables or specific recharging device to be connected to an automobile’s cigarette lighter
  • Patch kit or can of “seal-in-air product” to repair flat tires
  • Spare cane or walker
  • Food, medicine, favorite toy, and other care items for your service animal
  • Plastic bags, disposable gloves and other items for the animal’s care

People with sensory disabilities should consider including the following in their emergency kit:

  • Pad of paper with pens or pencils for writing notes
  • Extra batteries for tape recorders, portable TTYs, etc.
  • Extra pair of eye glasses
  • Extra pair of dark glasses, if medically required
  • Extra set of hearing-aid batteries
  • Folding mobility cane
  • Food, medicine and favorite toy for your service animal
  • Plastic bags, disposable gloves and other items for the animal’s care

People with developmental or cognitive disabilities should consider including the following in their emergency kit:

  • Alternate power source or spare batteries for communication device
  • Paper and writing materials