A basic emergency supply kit is a collection of household items that you may need in the event of an earthquake, flood, or other emergency situation.
It’s best to be prepared and assembly your kit ahead of time. You never know when you might have to evacuate and take the essentials with you. In the event of an emergency you won’t have the time to shop or search for the supplies you need.
Supplies should include your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last at least 72 hours just in case you need to survive on your own after an emergency. After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene doing their best to reach everyone. You might get help in a few hours or a few days.
Often basic services will not be available like electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones. You might find yourself cur off for days or even a week or longer. An emergency supply kit should contain the items that can help you manage during these outages.