Storm Ready

Step Three - Build a Kit

Before a flood...

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

Minimum Supplies Needed:
  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather radio, if possible) and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (minimum 7-day supply) and medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)—store in air-tight bag
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Blanket(s)
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Extra cash

Prepare an 'After-Emergency-Checklist':
  • If food or medicine has come in contact with flood waters, throw it out. 
  • Stay out of buildings if flood waters remain around the building.
  • When entering buildings after a flood use extreme caution.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings.
  • Examine walls, floors, doors and windows to make sure that the building is not in danger of collapse.
  • Watch out for animals, like snakes, that may have come into your home with flood waters.
  • Take pictures of the damage - both of the house and its contents for insurance claims. 
* Store items such as medications and documents or other water-damageable items in air-tight bag or container.

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies as appropriate:
  • Babies: Bottles, formula, baby food, diapers and wipes
  • Children: Games, activities and any favorite items
  • Senior or disabled people: Walker
  • Pets: Food, bowl, carrier, collar and leash
* These items are suggestions; take time to consider any additional needs that you or your family may require.

Additional supplies to consider for your kit:
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra clothing
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Whistle
  • Sanitizing or disinfecting supplies
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Work gloves
  • Duct tape

During a flood...

Implement your disaster preparedness plan:
  • Monitor local weather forecasts.
  • Be prepared to evacuate to higher ground if ordered to do so by the authorities.
  • Adhere to any emergency orders of authorities.
  • Do not touch any electrical appliances that are wet or standing in water.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.