Emergency kit

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When preparing household emergency kits, consider relevant specific items needed by household members from at-risk groups.

Recommended additional items for persons who are using a wheelchair:

  • Tire patch kit
  • Can of seal-in-air product (to repair flat tires on your wheelchair or scooter)
  • Supply of inner tubes
  • Pair of heavy gloves (to protect your hands while wheeling over glass or other sharp debris)
  • Latex-free gloves (for anyone providing personal care to you)
  • Spare deep-cycle battery for a motorized wheelchair or scooter
  • A lightweight, manual wheelchair as a backup to a motorized wheelchair (if feasible)
  • Spare catheters (if applicable)
  • Your power outage backup plan

Recommended additional items for persons with who are deaf:

  • Writing pads and pencils for communication
  • Flashlight, whistle or personal alarm
  • Pre-printed phrases you would use during an emergency
  • Assistive devices according to your needs (i.e., hearing aid, personal amplifier, etc.)
  • Portable visual notification devices to know if someone is knocking on the door, ringing the doorbell, or calling on the telephone
  • Extra batteries for assistive devices
  • Note that explains your hearing loss and identifies how first responders can communicate with you during an emergency

Recommended additional items for persons who are blind:

  • Extra white cane, preferably longer in length
  • Talking or Braille clock
  • Large print timepiece with extra batteries
  • Extra vision aids such as an electronic travel aid, monocular, binocular or magnifier
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses (if applicable)
  • Any reading devices/assistive technology to access information

Recommended additional items for persons with chronic health conditions:

  • Supply of food items appropriate to your dietary restrictions
  • Personal list and minimum one-week supply of all needed medications, medical supplies and special equipment (i.e., ventilator for asthma, an epinephrine pen against allergic reactions or anaphylactic shock, etc.)
  • Detailed list of all prescription medications

Recommended additional items for older persons:

  • Non-perishable food appropriate to your dietary restrictions
  • Assistive devices needed such as canes, walkers, lightweight manual wheelchair, hearing aids, breathing apparatus, blood glucose monitoring device
  • Extra prescription eyewear and footwear (if required)
  • Extra supply of medications and vitamin supplements
  • A list of all your needed medical supplies and special equipment
  • Copies of all medication prescriptions
  • Extra dentures (if required) and cleaner
  • Latex-free gloves (for anyone providing personal care to you)

Recommended additional items for pregnant women, new mothers and infants:

  • Copies of prenatal medical records, prenatal medications, extra maternity clothes and plenty of hand sanitizer for pregnant women.
  • Supplies needed for an emergency birth, including clean towels and scissors, sterile gloves, sheets and sanitary pads.
  • If caring for an infant, extra baby food, diapers and wipes, copies of medical and immunization records, hand sanitizer and a hands-free way to transport your baby, such as a sling, in case of evacuation.
  • Baby formula if the mother is not breastfeeding.