Michigan Preparedness Kit

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Preparedness Kits:

Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency strikes. Each household should have a 72-hour emergency supply kit that is customized to meet family-specific needs. The kit should include essential items, such as a three-day supply of water and food, important family documents, and items that satisfy unique family needs.
Include these basic items in your preparedness kit:

  • Water - one gallon per person, per day, for at least three days
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle - to call for help
  • Dust Mask - to help filter contaminated air
  • Sanitation items - such as moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties.
  • Manual can opener - for food
  • Clothing, shoes, and bedding
  • Important family documents - such as copies of insurance policies, bank account records, and medical records
  • Unique family needs - such as daily prescription medications, infant formula, or diapers

Additional items to consider for your preparedness kit:

  • Cash, coins, or traveler's checks
  • Emergency reference materials - such as first aid book
  • Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tools and supplies - such as pliers and work gloves
  • Personal hygiene items and feminine supplies
  • Eating utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Chargers - for electronics such as cell phone or computer
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering inside
  • Pet supplies
  • Books, games, puzzles - for children
Remember: A disaster can strike at any time. Consider creating additional preparedness kits for work, the car or travel.


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A Message from the Michigan Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division:


Since the horrific events of September 11th, there are certain steps we must take to protect Michigan families for the known and unknown threats that may confront us.

This Family Preparedness Guide has been created to help you develop an emergency plan, provide information on how to assemble a Emergency Supply Kit, and provides specific contact telephone numbers and websites you can use for emergency assistance.

Emergencies can strike at any time. Families, neighborhoods and local communities can improve their safety by working together with emergency managers, law enforcement, and local school administration staff.

We all have a responsibility to be ready. We hope you find this guide useful


Capt. Chris A. Kelenske
Michigan State Police
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division