Evacuating or Sheltering-in-Place
Pack the basic supplies for each person in a portable container or backpack. You’ll need them whether you stay (shelter-in-place) or go (evacuate). You can also download a PDF version of this checklist.
This list is meant to get you started in thinking about your own kit and is not intended to be exhaustive. Spend some time to evaluate your personal or family needs for a disaster and modify the list below as needed. Hint: copy-and paste this into a word processor document or your phone’s notes app so you can personalize it and share it with family and friends.
Food and Water
First Aid, Medication, Hygiene
Communication, Lighting, Document Bag Items
It is a good idea to keep your first-aid kit portable so you can take it with you if you evacuate, or use if you stay and shelter in place. Some of these items have a shelf life, so many people choose to use them day-to-day; just make sure you replenish when supplies run low! Make sure your first aid kit contains these items:
Imagine how hard it would be after a disaster if you couldn’t prove your identity, or if you didn’t have access to your bank account. Avoid that difficult situation by making copies of your important documents and keeping them in a waterproof bag, ready to grab-and-go if needed. Include the following items:
Think about what you need to make it on your own. Plan now for your health away from home. Label medical equipment with your contact information. Wheelchairs, walkers and canes
You may have to leave in a hurry to get to a safe place. Keep these supplies near your car. When it’s time, grab them and go.
Add these items for evacuating by car
Before you leave home:
When staying home is your safest choice, add these items to your kit and stay tuned to the news.
Add these items for sheltering-in-place
Note: Dial 2-1-1 for information about available services during an emergency (registering for evacuations must be done every year).