Everything you need to know to make your own emergency preparedness kit

Hand completing Emergency Preparation List by Equipment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — September is National Preparedness Month and while we don’t get hurricanes, we do get severe weather every single year.

FEMA recommends you follow their checklist for a preparedness kit.

Some kits can cost upwards of $300 dollars, but you can make a good one for less than half that. Some of the essentials include a flashlight, matches, a power pack for your phone, a tool bag, and a bucket with a lid to keep items waterproof.

FEMA recommends following 4 steps to plan ahead and prepare well in advance for a disaster.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a family emergency plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice the plan with your family/household

Emergency officials also recommend making extra plans if you have elderly loved ones or pets in your home.

For resources you can use to make checklists with your family, click here.