Emergency Kit Checklist

If you are a AAA policy holder and need to speak with a claims agent, please call 1-866-222-2378.

Disaster can strike at any minute—Are you prepared in the event of an emergency? Having an emergency kit prepared ahead of time will provide a sense of relief and allow you to focus on the safety of your family during times of crisis. You can assemble a kit yourself, or buy a pre-made one. Consider keeping a large kit at home and smaller portable kits in your car and at your workplace.

  • Water — one gallon per family member per day (A week’s supply of water per person is preferable; count pets as family members. Change out the water in your kit every 6 months.)
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary bleach
  • Cheesecloth (to strain water if necessary)
  • Non-perishable food (A week’s supply per person is preferable. Consider high energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix; foods that will not increase thirst.)
  • Extra pet food (a week’s supply)
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Vitamins
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Plastic forks, knives and spoons
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Paper towels
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Can opener (non-electric)
  • Camping stove for outdoor cooking (Caution: before using fire to cook, make sure there are no gas leaks; never use charcoal indoors)
  • First aid kit, freshly stocked
  • First aid book
  • List of family physicians and the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers
  • Essential medications (Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.)
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses / contacts
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin

If you are a AAA member and need to speak with a claims agent, please call 1-800-67-CLAIM, or 1-800-672-5246.

  • 3 days’ worth of clothes
  • Long-sleeved and long-legged clothing for protection from mosquitoes which may gather in pooled water
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots to protect against broken glass, nails and debris
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear (rubber boots, sturdy shoes, and waterproof gloves)
  • Heavy gloves for clearing debris
  • Small tool kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Portable radio, flashlight and spare batteries
  • Candles and matches (in a waterproof container)
  • Light sticks
  • Small mirror for signaling
  • Knife or razor blades
  • Coils of rope and wire
  • Duct tape
  • Small shovel
  • Umbrella
  • Rope for towing or rescue
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Fire extinguisher—A-B-C type
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Large plastic trash bags for waste, tarps and rain ponchos
  • Large trash cans
  • Garden hose for siphoning and firefighting
  • Warning devices (flares or reflective triangles)
  • Towels
  • Tent
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Toiletries, such as bar soap, liquid detergent, shampoo, feminine hygiene supplies, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Disinfectant
  • Car jack and spare tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire or sealant/inflator
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Quart of oil and coolant (specific to your vehicle)
  • Reflective sun shade
  • A leash and/or carrier for your pet
  • Any special food and supplies for the disabled or the elderly
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Extra set of house and car keys
  • Cash (small bills) and change
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap and baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
  • Books, games, puzzles or activities for children
  • Communication kit: paper, pens, stamps
  • AAA Membership Card (in your wallet)
  • Disposable camera for photos of damage
  • Extra charging cables for electronic devices
  • Cell Phone (charged and in vehicle)
  • Local maps and a compass

If you live in a climate where snow is a factor, consider adding these additional items to your disaster kit:

  • Abrasive material (sand or kitty litter)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Jacket and hat
  • Snow chains for vehicle tires

If you are a AAA policy holder and need to speak with a claims agent, please call 1-866-222-2378.