Prepare for Severe Weather:


Make a kit of emergency supplies for your home, car and office. Most of these life-saving items are inexpensive and easy to find.

  • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

  • Specific items for children, family members’ with special needs or pets

  • Cash or travelers checks

  • Important documents in a waterproof container

  • Blankets and warm clothes

  • Glasses

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

  • Paper and pencil

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


In any severe weather, you or a family member may suffer an injury. It is important to have basic first aid supplies available so that you will be better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex

  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding

  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Burn ointment

  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes

  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant

  • Thermometer

  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.

  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies


Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

  • Anti-diarrhea medication

  • Antacid

  • Laxative


Other first aid supplies:

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant


Plan for Severe Weather:

  • Be sure every family member knows important phone numbers for schools, offices, home and emergency services.

  • Identify an out-of-town contact. It might be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call in town, so an out-of-town contact is in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

  • Identify a meeting place near your home where family members can meet if separated during severe weather.

  • Identify a meeting place away from your home where family members can meet if your neighborhood is not accessible.

  • Map out evacuation routes in case you are ordered to evacuate, and always keep at least a fourth of a tank of gas in your car.

  • Know your insurance policies and whether your home is in a flood zone.


Stay Informed about Severe Weather:

  • Find out what type of disaster could occur and how you should respond.

  • Learn your community’s warning signals and evacuation plans.

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify severe weather, such as advisories, watches and warnings.