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National Preparedness Month 2021: Build a Kit

Sep 09, 2021 | Beth Hess

Whether you need to shelter in place after an emergency or evacuate, having on hand what you need to survive for several days is critical. This second week of National Preparedness Month is a great time to build or update your kit.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Create or update your emergency supplies with this list
  • Make sure your emergency kit is ready to go in case you need evacuate. Include:
    • Enough food and water to last several days.
    • Medication, face masks and disinfectant for everyone in your household.
    • Pet supplies.
  • When building a kit, people with disabilities should consider the items they use daily, as well as life-sustaining items.
  • Have medication for at least three days in your emergency supplies.
  • Check the expiration date on your emergency supplies, and replace any old items.
  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit.
  • Kids bored? Check out the online Ready Kids Build A Kit game.
  • Include your child’s favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.

Ready to help spread the word in your community about Preparedness Month and building a kit?

You can find social media graphics for National Preparedness Month on this page in various languages and sizes. Graphics are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean and Vietnamese.

Graphics representing people with disabilities and the Latino, LGBTQ and Native American communities are also available. Share the graphics that best represent your community and help us spread the word about preparedness to all Americans.


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