An evacuation kit differs from a stock of emergency supplies because this kit is taken with the homeowner if an evacuation is necessary and is subject to the space available in a car, on public transportation, or at an evacuation shelter. The components of the evacuation kit should be stored in one place so that everything is ready to go at a moment’s notice. Keep this kit in a designated place and make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. It is still recommended that you pack enough supplies to last at least 72 hours.
The kit should include the following at a minimum:
- Cell phone and charger
- List of emergency telephone numbers, in case cellphones are not working
- Cash, since ATMs may not be working
- Key personal records – driver’s license, birth certificate, and proof of residence, homeowner’s insurance, and health insurance, etc.
- One gallon of potable water per person per day
- Supply of nonperishable foods
- Change of clothes, personal hygiene items, and towels
- Prescription medications and list of any medical care directives
- First aid kit
- Flashlights, portable radio, and batteries
- Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or air mattresses
- Gas tanks for refueling a car, if applicable
- Pet supplies and documentation