Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene during an emergency, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, and telephones may be cut off for days or even longer.  You may need to survive on your own after an emergency and putting together an emergency kit will help you do just that.

For Your Home

Home Emergency Kits

A home emergency kit should contain enough items to last for at least 3 days.  Here are some suggested items for your home emergency kit:

  • Water - one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food - at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food, snacks and a can opener
  • NOAA Weather Radio or small personal radio that is hand crank or battery powered
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit that includes extra prescription medications 
  • Toiletries and sanitation items
  • Tool set that includes tools to turn off your utilities
  • Dusk mask, gloves, and protective clothing
  • Local maps
  • Cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Cell phone with chargers

Because putting together an emergency kit for your home can be a daunting task, Multnomah County Emergency Management has put together a Family Emergency Supplies Calendar that you can use as a week-by-week shopping guide for the items you need.  A link to print the supplies calendar is provided at the bottom of the page.  If you don't have the time to put together an emergency kit, you can also purchase one through the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local and online vendors.

Go Kits

A Go Kit is a portable version of your home emergency kit that you have ready to take with you if you need to evacuate your home.  It is a good idea to have one Go Kit per person and have it placed in a location that is easy to access if you have to leave quickly.  Below are some suggested items for your Go Kit.  Starred items should be included in an adult's kit and may not be necessary for a children's kit.

  • Backpack or easy to carry container
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Pocket knife*
  • Cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls*
  • Change of clothes with sturdy shoes that is weather appropriate
  • Local map*
  • Portable water (bottled or water packets)
  • Non-perishable food or snacks
  • Photos of family members and pets for identification
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • First aid kit including extra prescription medications and a list of allergies
  • Copies of identification and health insurance cards
  • Toiletries
  • Extra house and vehicle keys*
  • Activities, games or comfort items for children

For Your Pets

Your pets are important members of your household and they will need an emergency supply kit as well.  Here are some suggested items for an emergency kit for your pets as suggested by the ASPCA:

Home Emergency Pet Kit

  • Water - one gallon of water per pet per day for 3 days
  • Food - 3 day supply of food
  • Litter 
  • First aid kit with extra medications

Go Kit for Pets

  • Bottled water
  • Food and treats
  • First aid kit with extra medications
  • Litter, paper toweling, newspaper or animal waste pick-up bags
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Feeding dishes
  • Extra harness and leash
  • Copies of veterinary records, license information and a recent photo and description of your pet
  • Traveling carrier for each pet
  • Toys
  • Especially for Cats:  Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for Dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and a week's worth of cage liner

For Your Commute

Whether you are commuting by car, bicycle, bus, train or on foot, it is always a good idea to have a portable emergency kit available.  Here are some suggested items for an emergency kit for your commute:

Kit for commuting by car

  • Car emergency kit including tire chains, jumper cables, flashlight and flares
  • Weather appropriate change of clothing and sturdy shoes in case you need to walk
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer
  • Map of the local area 
  • List of alternate travel routes
  • Emergency contact information

Kit for commuting by bus, train, bicycle or on foot

  • Water and snacks
  • First aid items and toiletries
  • Map of the local area
  • List of alternate travel routes and bus or train schedules
  • Emergency contact information
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