Preparing for Disaster: Resources for Individuals/Families


These simple check lists will help you prepare emergency kits:

  • Stay Kit — if you need to shelter-in-place. You might be safe at home, but need to be prepared if the power is out, you can not get out or help can not get to you. Your Stay Kit can be kept in one place, such as a plastic bin or a box, or can be throughout your house, just so you know where everything is located.
  • Go Kit — if you need to leave on short notice. Keep everything in a backpack or bag/box you can grab quickly. Because some of the information is personal, be sure you know where the kit is, but do not leave it where non-family members can see it.
  • Car Kit — if you are in an area where evacuations are likely, keep some emergency supplies in your car. Contents of the Car Kit will depend on the season.

Keep in mind, these check lists are suggestions. Put what you need in the kits. For more information on family disaster supplies and kits, see the Red Cross and FEMA web sites. 

More kit information is available at:

Be Red Cross Ready

Make a Disaster Preparedness Plan

Be Prepared for an Emergency

Emergency Kit Checklist

Go Kit - Info from NYC Emergency Management

Here is a backpack emergency contact card from the CDC.  Emergency contact cards are a great way help families reconnect and to inform emergency personnel of medical conditions. 

Emergency communication cards from Ready.gov

From the ASPCA6 ways to assure pets stay safe in an emergency.

NEW!  Great new resource -  Emergency Plan for Pets.  Fill this out with all your pets info to grab and go in an emergency.

NEW! Month-by-Month Emergency Preparedness Guide from the MA Conference: Preparedness Guide

NEW!  Bulletin Insert with a suggested basic checklist:
Bulletin Insert DISASTER SUPPLY KITS September 2018

NEW!  Bulletin Insert about making an Evacuation plan:
Bulletin Insert EVACUATION September 2018

NEW!  Resource on what to pack before a disaster to keep children comforted and engaged:
Comfort and Children Resource