FEMA Emergency Ready Kit

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max The Producers 20110530

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. It is recommended that the Ready Kit should be assembled well in advance of an emergency.

The concept is to be able to survive for at least 72 hours until local officials and relief workers arrive on the scene. The disaster could be wide-spread and involve a lot of people that makes it difficult for relief workers to reach everyone immediately.

  • Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three daysFema ready logo2.jpg
  • 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 and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (prescription and basic)
  • 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, inverter or solar charger
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Pet supplies if necessary

Click here for a print version of this list and additional items to consider adding to an emergency ready kit. The American Red Cross has a suggested list for first aid kits and has other items available for purchase at their online store.

Comments (2)

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Great listing!  Especially needed in these times with alerts about potential attacks to our power grid on the west coast being issued.  One item I'd suggest adding from teaching this stuff for 15 years is a recent picture of the family.  Not only is it helpful for keeping one centered, but it also helps authorities find your family if one becomes separated from them (I do search and rescue in my free time, so I've seen this MANY times).


I'd also add in books and board games for the kids (and adults) to keep them busy during extended emergencies/power outages.  Not all emergencies will be experienced outside of the home.

Mar 29, 2016 09:06 AM
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Thanks for providing this Fema emergency ready kit list -  I would also make a note to check the contents around the same time that  we swap out the batteries in our smoke and carbon detectors during day light saving times. 

Mar 29, 2016 12:06 PM