Don’t Have an Emergency Kit? Here’s What You Should Have

Posted at 10 a.m.

As we continue to observe National Preparedness Month with a weekly preparedness video, Sulayman Brown from our Office of Emergency Management discusses the importance of having an emergency supply kit — and what kinds of supplies you should have in your kit — at home, at the office and in your vehicles.

Recommended Items

  • First-aid kit
  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
  • Food (at least three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cellphone and chargers
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
  • Emergency reference materials (such as first-aid book)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Change of clothing
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Food supplies, such as mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Cash

Make a Plan at www.ReadyNOVA.orgTo learn more about making an emergency kit, visit, which not only has a list of items to include in your kit, but also an online family emergency planner.

For additional information about National Preparedness Month and how you can prepare, visit

During September — and throughout the year — the emergency management staff are here to support you and educate the community on preparedness. Call 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email for more information on how you can get better prepared.

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Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

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