Grab and Go Kit

This kit is easy to assemble because it contains just the essentials — if you need to evacuate, you can just “grab it and go.” Place these items in an easy-to-carry bag (like a duffle bag or backpack, or even a carrier with wheels). Keep your Grab and Go preparedness kit near your front door or in a spot where it’s easy to reach on your way out of the house. Here’s what the Red Cross recommends you have at a minimum in your Grab and Go kit:

Water– One gallon per person, per day. (3-day supply for evacuation).

Food–non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation).

First aid kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items such as syringes.

Pet supplies, including food and water.


Additional Supplies

Create a complete preparedness kit by assembling items that enable you to provide comfort for a wide range of events, from everyday scrapes to life-threatening emergencies.

Water– One gallon per person, per day (2-week supply for home); make sure to provide for pets

Food— Non-perishable, easy-to-open and prepare food items (A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home.)


Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications and medical items (Seven-day supply)

Multi-purpose tool

Manual can opener

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

Remember to check your kit twice a year to ensure that goods have not expired and that food is still safe to eat. (Tip: a good way to remember to check your kit every 6 months is to check it in spring and fall when you change your clocks between standard and daylight time).