Are You Prepared for an Emergency?


Our world is seeing an increase in weather disasters (hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes) as well as other potentially life-changing scenarios. Allison Wallis, a mother in Hawaii during the recent false nuclear alarm, shares in this essay how she discovered after it would have been too late that she was woefully unprepared for any real emergency.

That is not an unusual situation. Nobody wants to think it will happen to them. On top of that, it can be hard to know where to start for all of the different kinds of emergencies we might encounter. The good news is, that like most things in life, once we get started we discover that taking a few relatively simple steps can yield fruitful results.

There are several different levels of “prepping”, and much depends upon the type of emergency. But for those who are looking to get a simple start to their emergency preparedness kit, the following tips recommended by the CDC provide a great foundation to any kit.

At Least a 3-day Supply of Food and Water

  • Water – one gallon per person, per day

  • Food – foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk

  • Manual can opener

  • Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals

Health Supplies

  • 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum

  • Medical supplies like syringes, a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries

 Personal Care Items

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Baby wipes

  • Contact lenses or glasses

Safety Supplies

  • First aid kit

  • Emergency blanket

  • Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)

  • Whistle


  • Flashlight

  • Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation

  • Cell phone with chargers

  • Extra batteries


  • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records

  • Paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition

  • Your completed family emergency plan, complete with family and emergency contact

  • information.

  • Extra cash

  • Maps of the area

  • Extra set of car keys and house keys

For Children

  • Baby supplies like bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers

  • Games and activities for children

For Pets.

  • Food and Water

  • A 3-day supply of food and water for each pet. A cat or a dog will generally need 1 gallon for three days.

  • Bowls or bottles

  • Manual can opener

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach

  • Health and Safety

  • Medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container

  • First aid kit with a pet first aid book

  • Transport supplies

  • A sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pets safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.

  • Comfort Items

  • Pet toys and the pet’s bed, if you can easily bring it, to reduce stress

  • Paperwork

  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them, and to prove that they are your pets, in case you become separated from them

  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care

As always, Morgan Organizers is here to help you… get organized! If creating a preparedness kit is important to you but you don’t have the time or desire to create one yourself, we would be happy to help. Give us a call today to get started: 301-787-4010.

Michele Morgan