What’s In Your Kit? The Key Items You’ll Need In an Emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, and Boise Paper and the American Red Cross are urging every family to #PledgeToPrepare before an emergency strikes. In doing so, you can protect what matters most — your family, friends and community — in the event of a disaster.

One of the best things you can do to prepare for a disaster is to create an emergency preparedness kit. This easy-to-carry kit should contain the critical supplies you and your family will need in the event of a disaster.

Emergency Kit Essentials

The best kits contain items that will keep your family fed, safe, reachable and mobile during an emergency. The American Red Cross recommends that your kit contain at least the following supplies:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for staying home)
  • Food: nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for staying home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool that includes a screwdriver, pliers, scissors and a bottle/can opener
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

You should also add items that will keep you and your family occupied, such as a deck of cards, coloring books and children’s games. And don’t forget about your pets. Be sure to pack pet supplies, such as a collar, leash, ID tag, food, carrier and bowl, for the furry members of your family. You can find a complete list of the items you may need during an emergency at redcross.org/kit.

Be Prepared with Boise Paper

Boise Paper has made it easy for you to prepare with its specially marked Boise® X-9® carton. The carton, which can be reused to store your emergency kit items, lists the essentials your family will need in the event of a disaster, including water, nonperishable food, batteries, a first aid kit and more.

Creating an emergency kit is an important step to ensuring the safety of your family, but don’t stop there. Visit redcross.org/pledge today to commit to the safety of your family and follow the three simple steps listed to prepare for a disaster before one strikes.

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