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Prepare "Ready" Kits for Disasters

No one knows when or where a disaster might strike, so families need to take time to prepare for emergencies. The Home Safety Council advises families to have both a “Ready-to-Stay” kit and a “Ready-to-Go” kit. This will help if you lose power and have to stay inside for a few days. Or, if something happens and you need to leave immediately to get to a safer place, you'll have what you need in your “Ready-to-Go” kit.

Finding the supplies in your home can be fun for everyone! Have a family scavenger hunt to gather the items below.

Put a check next to the items you already have and circle the things you need to buy. Some items are needed in both kits, but in different amounts.


Be Prepared

Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Plan to be without power.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Make a “Ready-to-Stay” and a “Ready-to-Go” kit.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Use strong bags and mark the date you packed your “Ready-to-Go” kit.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Listen to the radio or television to find out if you should leave or stay at home.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • If you will need a ride, ask someone ahead of time.

“Ready-to-Go” Kit:

Every family needs to keep the following items in a backpack or duffle bag in order to be ready if an emergency situation forces them to leave home.

Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • One gallon of water per person.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Food that does not have to be refrigerated and a manual can opener.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Plastic/paper plates, cups and utensils.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Battery-operated radio.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Change of clothes.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Card with your contact information and the number of someone out of state to call.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Small first aid kit.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Personal identification card.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Personal hygiene items, soap and hand sanitizer.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Store medicine you usually take near your “Ready-to-Go” kit.

”Ready-to-Stay” Kit:

A “Ready-to-Stay” kit will help you if you lose power or have to stay at home for a few days. It contains all of the items in the “Ready-to-Go” kit plus a few others. Prepare a “Ready-to-Stay” kit with the following items stored in a plastic tub or a special cabinet.

Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Three gallons of water for each family member.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Canned food and snacks for at least three days and a manual can opener.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Pet food and supplies for three days.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Toilet paper.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Non-scented bleach.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Blankets.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Books and games to keep busy.
Home Safety - Prepare Ready Kits for Disasters
  • Paper and pencils.
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