Preparing an Emergency Kit for Winter Weather and Extreme Cold

Preparing an Emergency Kit for Winter Weather and Extreme Cold

The Basics

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day for 3-7 days
  • Food: 3-7-day supply of non-perishable items that are easy to prepare, such as canned foods or snacks. Pack a can opener for canned foods.
  • Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
  • First aid kit
  • Medications: 7-day supply and items needed to administer medication, medication list, pertinent medical information
  • Personal hygiene and sanitation items
  • Flashlights
  • Whistles
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, preferably an NOAA weather radio
  • Cell phone chargers and backup batteries
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Maps of the area
  • Personal documents: birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards/proof of residency, wills, passports, proof of address, deed/lease to residence
  • Cash
  • Spare car and house keys
  • At least one extra set of clothes, per person, preferably in bright colors
  • Reflective emergency blanket
  • Easy-to-carry valuables/irreplaceable items, like family photos, nearby to take if you are able

Pets, Babies, & Seniors

  • Pets and livestock: identification, immunization records, carrier, collar, leash, bowl, medications, water, and food
  • Babies: bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, small toys
  • Seniors: hearing aids with extra batteries, instructions about how to administer medicine and use lifesaving equipment, contact information for medical personnel who administer treatments

Extreme Cold

  • Sand to improve vehicle traction
  • Rock salt or other environmentally safe products that melt ice on walkways
  • Snow removal equipment, including snow shovels
  • Heating fuel, like wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove; be sure to store it safely
  • Adequate clothing, such as boots, hats, gloves, mittens, and blankets to keep each family member warm

Besides having an emergency preparedness kit, take a look at our steps to winterize your home and properties.

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