Be Prepared: What to Pack in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

Be Prepared: What to Pack in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

April 15, 2024

In an emergency situation like a tornado, you don't always have time to gather things before it happens. Here in central Arkansas, especially Conway and Faulkner County, we are no stranger to the weather turning on a dime. Having a kit prepared is good for many situations, and restocking or refreshing it on a normal routine will ensure you're always prepared. Here's some ideas for things to include: 

Bottled Water

As humans, we NEED water. If for some reason the indoor plumbing shuts off after a storm due to a burst pipe, damage to a major structure, or no power to an electric water pump, you'll be glad you stowed away a case of bottled water last time you went to the store. Humans need about a gallon of water a day, especially in humid weather, and that's only the drinking water. 

Food Items

If you are refreshing and restocking your kit regularly, then you can grab non-perishable or perishable food items, some even go with freeze-dried. Of course, non-perishable items are suggested but either option should consider a long shelf life. Canned or dried items are ideal, and ready to eat items like cereal, oatmeal, crackers, etc. 


Having multiple flashlights and extra batteries is a must in an emergency kit. Especially if a tornado happens after dark, power lines may be down and electricity may be out. You will need something to see so you can maneuver around an debris and locate family and loved ones. 

First Aid Supplies

A flashlight is also a great tool to have if you find someone that is injured. A good first aid kit can be life saving when a tornado may have brough down trees, damaged power lines, blocked roads, etc. Things to remember to include: 

  • Bandages
  • Dressings or gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Emergency blanket
  • Thermometer
  • Gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency aid guide
  • Emergency medication supplies for normal medication
  • Emergency blanket

For more info and specifics, check out this great article from the American Red Cross: Make A First Aid Kit

You may also want to include a waterproof/fireproof pouch with any important documents in it or a "go file" you can grab quickly if needed. 

There are many other things that you can include in a full survival kit to be prepared for any type of situation, but specifically for a tornado, these are some great things to keep in your kit. Being prepared before a tornado may save crucial time when dealing with the aftermath, and when it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones, you'd rather be overprepared than underprepared. Next week we will look at what to do during a tornado.