Personal needs are the things that you could not do without in an emergency—the tools, supplies, and equipment that you need to protect your physical, mental, and emotional health and safety during an emergency.
- An emergency water supply
- An emergency food supplyexternal icon, including specialty foods—such as nutrition drinks and ready-to-feed formula—for infants, people with dietary restrictions, food allergies and sensitivities, and medical conditions such as diabetes.
- Prescription medications
- Prescription and home-use medical devices, such as:
- Medical supplies, such as:
- Antibacterial wipes
- Nasal cannulas
- Blood test strips
- First aid supplies, such as:
- First aid reference
- Non-latex gloves
- A thermometer that is easy to use and to read; for example, a digital thermometer with a replaceable battery
- Waterproof bandages and gauze
- Tweezers and scissors
- Antibiotic cream or ointment
- Infant and child care supplies
- Pet supplies
A person’s “resilience” is their ability to bounce back from a difficult or life-changing event—like the diagnosis of chronic disease or the impacts of a natural disaster. People are more resilient and better able to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity when they make healthy choices, including the decision to prepare for emergencies. Communities are more resilient when their citizens are prepared.