Build Your Emergency Kit

ben franklin quoteFlorida is heading into hurricane season and the rest of the country always has to be ready for tornados, heavy storms, fires or floods so preparation and information on emergency kits is very timely.  An emergency kit will help keep you and your family safe.  Use this checklist to help you assemble your own kit.


An emergency plan with contact information, two ways to evacuate the home and a designated meeting place.

Important documents in a fire proof safe, an expandable folder or on a portable storage device.

Important documents include:EmergencyPreparedness

  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports and Social Security cards
  • Insurance policies and agent contact information
  • Family wills
  • Proof of ownership or lease of residence
  • Vehicle and boat registrations
  • Loan and deed documents
  • Information related to your financial investments, retirement and banking
  • Lists of medications and health information
  • Digital files of family photos
  • Keys to a safe deposit box
  • Recent photos of loved ones in case you are separated
  • Local maps


  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • A 3 day supply of nonperishable food
  • Can opener
  • Mess kit with utensils and dishware

Sanitary Items:

  • Household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bags and ties
  • Toilet paper
  • Moist towelettes


  • First aid kit
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • A whistle to alert emergency responders to your location if trapped
  • Dust masks for the family
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Matches in a waterproof containeremergency kit


  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • A change of clothes for each family member
  • Some cash in small bills

We cannot guarantee that we can always keep our families safe but we can guarantee that we are as prepared as possible for any emergency.  Take a few minutes this week to put together your emergency plan so you are not one of these people who wish they had when it is too late!  Already this year there has been a lot of weather related damage throughout the country, make sure you are prepared and not left with nothing.

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and the peace of mind of an emergency plan for your family!


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