Build a Family Emergency Preparedness Kit

Part of the work of the Malheur County Health Department is Preparedness and we want to help everyone be safe and ready for emergencies.

If disaster were to strike Malheur County, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. By taking time now to prepare emergency water, food and disaster supplies, you can provide for your entire family.

Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts (a half gallon) of water each day. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. Store at least an additional half gallon per person, per day for this. 

Even though it is unlikely that an emergency would cut off your food and water supplies for two weeks, consider maintaining a supply that will last that long. You may not need to go out and buy foods to prepare an emergency food supply: you can use the canned goods, dry mixes, and other staples on your cupboard shelves. If you are unable to store this much, store as much as you can.

And don’t forget about your pets! They need a kit, too.

Oregon Health Authority presents the video below to help viewers gain insight into what goes into a preparedness kit and how much (or little) one can cost.

Checklist for your kit

  • Bags or container for kit
  • Water – 3 gallons – one gallon per person per day
  • Food – enough for 3 days
  • Battery ­ powered or hand­crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – also include applicable prescription medications
  • Whistle – to signal for help
  • Filter mask
  • Moist towelettes
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Garbage bags
  • Flashlight
  • Unique family needs – entertainment, rain gear, blanket

Download the “Build a Kit on a Budget” checklist (pdf)

Adapted from information from Oregon Health Authority Health Security, Preparedness and Response.

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