Everything you need for your emergency kit

Although a hurricane like Harvey will never strike in Minnesota,  natural disasters can and do occur in our state.  For this reason, every household should have a “Go Kit”–emergency supplies that are gathered together in advance and stored together in a box or bag.  Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.  Here’s what Fox7 in Austin, Texas suggests you should  keep in your kit:


  • WATER – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • FOOD – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery




  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly


To download a printable list of items for your emergency kit, click here.