Wisconsin Emergency Management

Get A Kit

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Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.

That’s why it is important to have your own fully-stocked disaster kit ready.

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that members of a household may need in the event of a disaster. Supplies such as food and water should last for at least three days.


Start out thinking about the basics of survival – fresh water, food, safety, warmth, sanitation and clean air.

For Everyone

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day for 3 days)
  • Food that does not need electricity for storage or preparation
  • Manual can opener (if kit contains canned food)
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and a commercial radio or hand crank radio
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • First aid kit and emergency medical reference manual
  • Prescription medications and eyewear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels, moist towelettes, garbage bags and ties
  • Complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and sturdy shoes

For Baby

  • Formula
  • Bottled water to mix with formula and to wash bottles
  • Bottles
  • Blankets (both emergency blankets and receiving blankets)
  • Diapers – keep the diaper size current
  • Disposable wipes
  • Copy of a current shot record
  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • Burp cloths, bibs
  • Cotton swabs
  • Medications
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Binkies and toys
  • Cotton swabs
  • Medications
  • Diaper rash ointment

For Pets

  • Identification tags on collars
  • Medications, immunization records
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and can opener
  • Sturdy leashes or carriers to transport pets safely (Carriers should be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie down)
  • Towels or blankets
  • Current photos of you with your pets
  • Feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian
  • Pet beds and toys

Additional Items

  • Cash in small denominations or traveler's checks and change
  • Copies of important family documents, such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach it can be used to disinfect)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) and plastic sheeting/duct tape (to shelter where you are)
  • Local maps
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Paper and pencil
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Whistle to signal for help


You can purchase commercially bottled water. Make sure you check the expiration date.

If You are Preparing Your Own Containers of Water:

Purchased food-grade containers
It’s best to purchase food-grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores. Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap. Follow directions below for filling the containers with water.

Your own containers
Choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles – not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them.

Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers also leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they can break and are heavy.

Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

Sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Filling Water Containers

Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.

    If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine:
  • Add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water.
  • Tightly close the container using the original cap.
  • Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your finger.
  • Place a date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.
  • Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water.


Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.

If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. If you use a barbecue grill for cooking, do not use it indoors.

Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Staples--sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods--peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs
  • Comfort/stress foods--cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags

First Aid

Many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency.

Consider taking a first aid class, through the American Red Cross. Also, put together a first aid kit or purchase a kit with the following items:

Things you should have:
  • Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  • Burn ointment to prevent infection.
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
  • Thermometer
You may also want to include:
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
Things it may be good to have:
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Non-prescription drugs:
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for upset stomach)
  • Laxative
  • Cold medications
Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to learn more about first aid training.

Bedding & Clothing

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Blankets or sleeping bags for each person
  • Jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Rain gear
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Sanitation Supplies

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach


Go Kit
  • List of your Emergency Contacts, including a phone number for an out-of-state contact
  • Three-day supply of medications, and copies of your prescriptions
  • List of personal medical information and medications, including any drug and/or food allergies
  • Bottle of water
  • Snacks (that will not spoil)
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries (for flashlight, hearing aids, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle, horn, beeper or other device to signal for help
  • Photocopy of personal identification (driver’s license, state ID, etc.)
  • List of model and serial numbers of any personal assistance equipment (pacemakers, hearing aids, communication devices, scooter, wheelchair, batteries, etc.
  • Assistive items needed for eating or drinking (spoons, straws, etc.)

Additional Items

  • Pictures of your family/friends to have with you if you must be away from home
  • Personal memento/comfort item (stuffed animal, book, etc.)
  • Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses (with cleaning solution), and/or other vital personal items
  • Small battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Dust mask
  • Protective goggles
  • Small amount of cash, including coins for payphones
  • Extra set of keys to house, car, etc.
  • Personal hygiene and toiletry products
  • Moist towelettes and assorted sizes of re-sealable plastic zipper bags (for storing food, waste, etc.)
  • Change of socks and undergarments
  • Any other items you need on a daily basis




Important Family Documents

How long would it take you to find copies of financial records, insurance documents, birth certificates and more if you had to evacuate at a moment's notice?

ReadyWisconsin recommends putting together a Grab-and-Go Folder that contains originals or copies of your important paperwork. Having these documents on hand through a disaster will help you get back on track if your possessions are damaged or you're forced to relocate after a storm. For added protection, store important documents in large plastic bags or other waterproof container.
An up-to-date inventory is a valuable resource when dealing with loss or destruction of your property. Photographs and videos should be included in your inventory. Keep your inventory current and in a safe place. A safe place is usually another location or a safety deposit box.

Weather Radio All Hazards

A weather radio is a “smoke detector for severe weather and hazardous conditions.” Every family and business needs one.

How to Purchase a Weather Radio

Special Needs Radios

Radio Programming

NOAA WI Weather Radio Network

  Transmitter Office ID FREQ Notes:
1a Milwaukee Sullivan KEC-60 162.400 MHZ  
2a Madison Sullivan WXJ-87 162.550 MHZ  
3a Fond Du Lac Sullivan WWG-87 162.500 MHZ State Funded
4a Sheboygan Sullivan WWG-91 162.525 MHZ State Funded  Half Power Transmitter
5a Janesville Sullivan WWG-90 162.425 MHZ State Funded    Half Power Transmitter
6a Racine Sullivan KZZ-76 162.450 MHZ State Funded    Half Power Transmitter
7a Baraboo Sullivan KHA-47 162.450 MHZ Half Power Transmitter
1b Bloomington La Crosse WWG-86 162.500 MHZ State Funded
2b Pleasant Ridge La Crosse WWG-89 162.475 MHZ State Funded    Half Power Transmitter
3b Black River Falls La Crosse WNG-564 162.500 MHZ Half Power Transmitter
4b La Crosse La Crosse WXJ-86 162.550 MHZ  
5b Rochester La Crosse WXK-41 162.475 MHZ  
6b Withee La Crosse KZZ-77 162.425 MHZ State Funded
7b Winona La Crosse KGG-95 162.425 MHZ Half Power Transmitter
1c DoorCounty Green Bay WXN-69 162.425 MHZ State Funded
2c Green Bay Green Bay KIG-65 162.550 MHZ  
3c Crandon Green Bay WWG-88 162.450 MHZ State Funded
4c Wausau Green Bay WXJ-89 162.475 MHZ  
5c Wausaukee Green Bay WNG-553 162.400 MHZ  
6c Rhinelander Green Bay WNG-565 162.400 MHZ  
7c New London Green Bay WNG-552 162.525 MHZ  
8c Coloma Green Bay WWF-40 162.400 MHZ State Funded
1d Chicago Chicago KWO-39 162.550 MHZ  
2d Rockford Chicago KZZ-57 162.475 MHZ  
3d Crystal Lake Chicago KXI-41 162.500 MHZ Half Power Transmitter
1e Dubuque Davenport WXL-64 162.400 MHZ  
2e Freeport Davenport KZZ-56 162.450 MHZ Half Power Transmitter
1f Minneapolis Minneapolis KEC-65 162.550 MHZ  
2f Menomonie Minneapolis WXJ-88 162.400 MHZ  
3f Ladysmith Minneapolis WNG-577 162.550 MHZ  
1g Duluth Duluth KIG-64 162.550 MHZ  
2g ParkFalls Duluth WXM-91 162.500 MHZ State Funded
3g Webster Duluth KZZ-79 162.475 MHZ State Funded
4g Ashland Duluth KZZ-78 162.525 MHZ State Funded
5g Pine City Duluth WNG-678 162.425 MHZ  
ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3000     Fax: 608.242.3247