build a kit for at least 7 to 10 days

Preparing for at least three days will help you make it through many of the disasters you’ll face in the Puget Sound region—including major storms and even small earthquakes. However, to make it through a major catastrophe-like Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan–you will need to be prepared for significantly longer—at least 7 to 10 days.


Identify a storage container or key location to place your survival kit, then gather and store supplies. Supplies include water and food as well as items for shelter and warmth, first aid, communication, personal hygiene and sanitation. It’s possible your home could be damaged and you have to leave; be sure to include a backpack or similar easy-to-travel bag so you can pack some of these items to go! Many of these supplies you may already have at home.

Imagine if resources aren’t available for seven or more days.  You might have to take care of minor injuries and access to resources will likely be limited.  Help your family be better prepared by gathering additional supplies and customize the list to meet your needs. Once you have the basics, think about items you could use to help yourself and others, or simply improve your comfort!

Download a list to help build your kit.