NAU Office of Emergency Management
Build a disaster supply kit: be prepared in case of an emergency
What is a disaster supply kit?
A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. University officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they may not be able to reach everyone immediately.
What should I have in a kit?
A basic kit usually consists of the following:
- Non-perishable and high energy food items
- Water in bottles or other sealed container
- Medications (must be properly safeguarded)
- First aid kit
- Warm clothes (like sweatshirts and coats)
- Comfortable shoes and socks
- Flashlight & batteries
- Battery operated radio and batteries
- Cash, about $20
- Extra charger for your cell phone
- Books, playing cards, etc.
Contents should be kept in a backpack and contents reviewed every six months.