Create your Home Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit contains essential items that you and other members of your household may need during and after a severe storm.

Your emergency kit should be able to sustain you for at least three days in case essential services have been disrupted or you have been isolated by floodwater.

The following basic items should be included in your Home Emergency Kit:

  • Your Home Emergency Plan, including emergency contact numbers
  • Portable radio (with batteries or wind-up)
  • Torch (with batteries or wind-up)
  • First Aid kit
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Important documents and cash in waterproof bags
  • Essential medication
  • Special items for babies, the disabled, elderly or pets
  • Drinking water and non-perishable food for three days

If you live in an area that is prone to storms and/or floods, you may consider adding the following items to your emergency kit:

  • Mobile phone, spare battery and charger
  • Change of clothing and shoes
  • Pillows, sleeping bags and blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Camping stove or gas burner
  • Valuables, photos and mementos in waterproof bags
  • Books and games for children


  • Keep your kit in a waterproof box and store it in an easy to access location.
  • Check your Home Emergency Kit regularly and re-stock any out-of-date items.