Provided by:  Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

At a minimum your kit should include:

  • Bottled water (one gallon per person/per day for at least three days)
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not need cooking (ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, or juices, protein or granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, baby food, comfort foods)
  • Manual can opener
  • Radio (battery-powered or hand crank), NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries
  • Flashlight or lantern, with extra batteries
  • Cellphone and charger (also an auto, solar, or crank charger in case power is out)
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities and other basic tools
  • Prescription medications (two-week supply)
  • Garbage bags, soap, sanitizer, and other personal hygiene items
  • Extra eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures
  • Extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical equipment
  • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Pet collar, leash, harness, crate, food, bowls, current photo, license and medical info
  • Copies of insurance policies, bank account records, identification cards (IDs), medical information, and other important documents
  • Extra cash and traveler’s checks (ATMs may not work during a power outage)
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Local area maps
  • Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and supplies, if needed
  • Water purification tablets

Also consider adding:

  • Watch or battery-operated clock
  • Household chlorine bleach, which can disinfect drinking water
  • Camp stove or grill with fuel or canned heat, neither of which should be used indoors
  • Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
  • Duct tape, plastic sheeting, or tarp
  • Seasonal items such as warm clothes for winter and sunscreen for summer
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Books, games, puzzles, and other comfort items