Make a Plan

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Build Your Emergency Kit

Use this illustration or the instructions to the right to build your household emergency preparedness kit.

  • Canned and packaged food that won’t go bad
  • Include vegetables, meats, grains, fruits
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Cups and plates
  • Utensils
  • Kitchen knife
  • Scissors
  • Matches (in plastic zipper bag)
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Multi-tool
  • Non-sparking pliers
  • Non-sparking wrench
  • Work gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Compass
  • Whistle 
  • Phone charger
  • First aid kit (see list from Red Cross)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Mask
  • First aid guide book
  • Prescription medicines
  • Prescription glasses, contacts or readers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Trashbags and ties
  • Wipes
  • Liquid soap / shampoo
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Books & comfort toys
  • Baby food
  • Pet food
  • Medications
  • Leashes
  • Important documentation: copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Plastic case for phone
  • Maps
  • Money (cash, change, prepaid cards)
  • Full change of clothes
  • Sturdy shoes
  • In winter hats and gloves and coats
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tent
  • Warm Blanket
  • Tarp (for wet ground)
  • Fire extinguisher

Make a Plan

Look up the risk to your home and family by entering your address in this risk map from FEMA. It covers many types of weather events.

Use this website to walk through different circumstances and make a plan together.

Use the guides below to make a plan for your family. 

The visual list above is a complete list for preparing your emergency kit.

Gather documentation. Including:

  • copies of insurance policies
  • identification and
  • bank account records

These should be saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container.

Sign Up for Alerts

By signing up with, you can get alerts by phone call or by text.

The homeless strategy office provides alerts directly to members of the unhoused community. 

ASL: Make an Emergency Kit

Extreme Heat

Winter Storms



Severe Storm

First Aid

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