Building Your Emergency Kits

Emergencies can present us with many challenges.

In an effort to overcome those challenges in the best way possible, it’s necessary to have the basic essential supplies to cover immediate and long-term needs.

At the very minimum, every household should have:

  • A first aid kit (one per household)
  • A bug out, or evacuation, kit (one per person)
  • A shelter at home kit
  • A vehicle emergency kit (one per vehicle)

Because the dynamics of every family vary, your kits will have to be altered to meet your needs specifically.

Action Step

Determine which kits you need.

In the following sections, we’ll discuss which items each kit should contain. We provided fillable checklists and contents list for each type of kit.

Keep in mind that you do not have to be limited by our recommendations. If you feel like you need to add (or subtract) certain items from the lists, do so.