Keep a Three-Day Emergency Kit Handy

Paramedics and EMTs are on the front lines whenever a disaster strikes. You have seen first-hand what can result when patients are unprepared for emergencies. However, before you can go out and provide care for those who need it, you must make sure you provide safety measures for you and your family.

One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster is to prepare a three-day emergency kit with supplies and items that may be needed during such an event. The following are just a few items that should be considered. Remember, these kits are a good start, but cannot provide everything that may be needed during a disaster. Customize to fit the dangers in your area.

Clothing and Bedding

  • At least one complete change of clothing and
    footwear per person
  • Shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags


  • Store one gallon of water per person per day (minimum)

Tools and Supplies

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Mess kit, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash, traveler’s checks, change
  • Non-electric can open, utility knife
  • Tent
  • Pliers


  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup
  • Peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Comfort/stress foods


  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags

Special Items

  • Medications (both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Important family documents
  • Will, insurance policies, contracts

Adapted from The American Red Cross 

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