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National Preparedness Month: Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit


Irving, Texas. September 4, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Irving is encouraging residents to prepare for such hazards as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, snow, ice, extreme heat and flooding.

When an emergency happens, there may not be time to gather all of the items and documents needed. An emergency supply kit can be created six months or more in advance before something happens. It should be placed in an easy access location to “grab and go.” The kit should include items that might be needed if away from the house for up to three days.


  • Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods.
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
  • Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
  • Cash in the event ATMs are not available or the incident prevents the use of credit/debit cards.
  • A copy of important documents such as passports, immunization records and Social Security cards.

Do not forget critical items for family members, such as:

  • Pet supplies.
  • Medications.
  • Baby items such as diapers, formula and bottles.


Where would family members meet if an emergency occurred and they were separated? Who would family members contact to let someone know they were safe? Preparing a plan ahead of time will be extremely important during an emergency. It should include household member information, places where household members often spend the majority of their time, information on household pets, designated place where household members will meet and emergency numbers. For more information, visit

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