After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.
Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. An emergency supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
We’ve compiled a list of the most important items to help you get started on building your own kit!
- Water: one gallon per person, per day
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
- Manual can opener
- Mess kit
- Matches in waterproof container
- Flashlight (one per person is best)
- Hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- Multi-purpose tool
- Toilet paper and tissues
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above)
- Soap and hand sanitizer
- Cleaning supplies and disinfectants
- First aid kit
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
- Extra cash
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Garbage bags
- Extra clothes and sturdy shoes
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Cell phone with chargers and backup battery
- Family and emergency contact information
- Copies of personal documents (i.e. ID/passport)
- Map(s) of the area
Items Based on Your Needs:
- Prescription medications
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Fire extinguisher
- Two-way radios
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, or other activities
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days should my kit last?
Three days is a good starting point. Once you have a three days’ supply, try to build up to a full week.
How should I store my kit?
Store items in airtight plastic bags and place in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins. Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
Where should I store my kit?
Since you don’t know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars. Kits designed for sudden events, like earthquakes, should be placed in the area you’d go in case of such an emergency. If your home is at risk of flooding, store your kit on a high shelf. For other emergencies, just keep it in an easily accessible spot. If possible, store your kit in a climate-controlled environment.
Happy New Year!
Our annual lunar calendar has become a favorite Anchor tradition, and a nice reminder to look up into the night sky every once in a while. We hope that 2023 brings you many beautiful moments gazing up at the moon.
As the holidays approach we look forward to spending time with our families and thinking of ways that we can support our local communities. There are many wonderful organizations to give to this time of year, here are a few:
Phinney Neighborhood Association:
Phinney Neighborhood Association has partnered with organizations in NW Seattle for a virtual gift tag program. Sign up on their website to purchase a specific gift or gift card for a NW Seattle neighbor.
Treehouse in Rainier Valley:
Treehouse in Rainier Valley supports youth experiencing foster care. You can donate clothing using its Amazon Holiday Wish List. You can also host an online drive to collect gifts for teens, new clothes, toys, shoes and accessories.
Wellspring Family Services:
Wellspring Family Services in Rainier Valley supports families facing homelessness. You can donate items to families from their online wish lists by visiting their Giving Together 2022 Campaign website.
YouthCare in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood accepts monetary donations for homeless teens. The organization has an urgent need for survival items for teens experiencing homelessness, and you can order them directly from YouthCare’s Amazon Wish List.
Mary’s Place is an organization serving families experiencing homelessness across Seattle. Mary’s Place operates a holiday giving program and is requesting gift cards for teens and parents or a specific gift for a child from their kids’ holiday gift list.