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How to Stock an Emergency Go Kit

If you and your family are forced to evacuate quickly, you won't have time gather supplies. With an emergency go kit, you can be ready to go out the door when a problem arises.


  • Step 1: Keep a supply of food and water Keep a 3-day supply of water and easy-to-prepare, nonperishable food stocked in your go kit. Figure on 1 gallon of water per person per day.
  • TIP: Include a can opener if you have canned food.
  • Step 2: Pack a first aid kit Pack a first-aid kit with your emergency supplies.
  • TIP: Include a spare pair of prescription glasses and a supply of any prescription medications you are taking.
  • Step 3: Pack a flashlight Be prepared for power outages and nighttime evacuations by packing a flashlight with extra batteries in the kit.
  • Step 4: Carry a radio Carry a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
  • TIP: Get an NOAA weather radio to monitor weather conditions.
  • Step 5: Have personal sanitation items Have moist towelettes and garbage bags in your kit for personal sanitation needs.
  • Step 6: Stock personal items Stock your kit with a whistle, dust masks, extra house and car keys, cash, blankets, sleeping bags, cell phone charges, and local maps.
  • Step 7: Bring important documents Pack copies of any important documents you might need, such as a medication list, medical information, the lease or deed to your home, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies.
  • Step 8: Use a good container Stay organized and protect your emergency supplies by keeping them in a sturdy container that is easy to carry like a suitcase with wheels, and you'll be prepared for virtually any emergency.
  • FACT: The Centers for Disease Control began as the Communicable Disease Center in 1946 to combat malaria in war zones.

You Will Need

  • Food
  • Water
  • Essential items
  • Important documents
  • Sturdy case

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