What should be in your emergency (72-hour) evacuation kit?

72-Hour Kit

If you are told to evacuate, you should plan on being self-sufficient for 72 hours.  It is recommended that your 72-hour kit be prepared well ahead of an emergency and located in a readily accessible place.


  • Battery-powered radio
  • Nonperishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency candles
  • Matches
  • Essential medications
  • First aid kit
  • Extra glasses/contact lenses
  • Extra batteries
  • List of important addresses/phone numbers
  • Pet leashes/tags/immunization records



  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Cards and games
  • Water less hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper/paper towels
  • Baby supplies (if applicable)
  • Paper cups/plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Utility knife
  • Extra clothing
  • Work gloves
  • Basic tool kit