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After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own foodwater and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.


Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.


day water supply


day food supply

What will you need to survive on your own, with or without access to your home. 

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Have a supplemental mini kit for your car

In the event you are away from home during a disaster and had to shelter in your car or make your way on foot, have these supplies ready. 

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expect the unexpected

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/  seeking shelter options  /


Choosing to take shelter is necessary in many emergencies. The length of time you are required to take shelter may be short, such as during a severe weather warning, or longer such as during a pandemic. In all cases, it is important that you stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities. During extended periods of sheltering you will need to manage water and food supplies to make sure you and your family have what you need to get by. Read more about managing water and managing food.


Sheltering can mean:

• Stay-At- Home

• Going to a Mass Care Shelter

• Sheltering in Place


For the distinction of various types of sheltering go to:

Emergency Shelter

An emergency shelter is a place for people to live temporarily when they cannot live in their previous residence, and typically specializes in people fleeing a specific type of situation, such as natural or man-made disasters.

Finding shelter is critical in times of disaster. Shelter outside of the hazard area could include staying with family or friends, seeking a hotel room, or staying in a mass shelter.


Find a Safe Place to Go

The following resources can help you find emergency mass shelter. Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to talk with someone in person for guidance or information. To find a center near you, use the DRC Locator or text DRC and your ZIP code to 43362. Example: DRC 90274. 

Search for open shelters near you by texting SHELTER and your ZIP code to 43362. Example: Shelter 90274.

Find Open Shelters 
Locate the nearest shelter or find your local Red Cross (American Red Cross)


Housing and Homeless Services 
Enter your zip code to find your nearest Salvation Army (The Salvation Army)


Find out if the disaster shelter will accept pets.

Typically, when shelters accommodate pets, the pets are housed in a separate area from people. Make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pets.

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