Make a Kit

All Maui County residents should be ready for an emergency such as a hurricane, flu epidemic, or tsunami. A major disaster could interrupt water, electricity, phone, and gas services, as well as limit the availability of supplies in local stores. It could take weeks for stores to be replenished. Keep your emergency kits stocked and ready!

In order to be prepared for any kind of disaster or emergency, you should consider having a:

Home Survival Kit

Prepare a Home Survival Kit in case you are told to shelter-in-place (stay indoors) or the roads are closed due to a storm, landslide, or other damage. For such situations, you should have the following on hand:

  • Food that does not require refrigeration or cooking–enough for 1 to 2 weeks
  • Water in plastic containers, one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation, the more the better; enough for 1 to 2 weeks
  • Radio & Flashlights–battery-powered, solar-powered, or crank-powered, plus spare batteries.
  • Cell phone with charger, inverter, or solar charger
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover broken windows
  • Whistle to signal for help

Click here for suggested food items and supplies for emergency kits.

Grab-and-Go Kit

Make a handy Go-Kit to take with you if you must evacuate your house. Use a sturdy waterproof bag, backpack or other container to hold your kit items and make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. Consider the following when preparing your kit:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications, glasses, and medical equipment; sunscreen; mosquito repellent
  • Copies of important documents (i.e. medical and insurance information, birth certificates, bank account records, etc.)
  • Cash, including small denominations and coins
  • Complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes; hat
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket
  •  Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, and diapers
  • Sewing kit and safety pins
  • Can opener
  • Disposable gloves, disinfectant, alcohol gel

Don’t forget to bring your Go-Kit with you to the shelter! 

Car Emergency Kit

Consider keeping the following items in your car:

  • Rope & Tarp
  • Flares
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Blanket/Towel
  • Safety Goggles
  • Jumper Cables
  • Fix-a-Flat (4 cans)
  • Extra keys
  • Leather work gloves
  • Fire Extinguisher (ABC type)
  • Street maps and evacuation shelter information
  • Cell phone charger for car
  • Tools — hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, pry bar, wrenches
  • Cash in small denominations, including coins for pay phone
  • Spare car battery or jump-starting device (with integrated rechargeable flashlight)

First Aid Kit

To be prepared for emergencies, keep a well-stocked first aid kit at home and in your car.

Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need for a family of 4:
  • Personal items—medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health care provider may suggest
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • Scissors
  • 2 roller bandages
  • 10 sterile gauze pads
  • Oral thermometer
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Be sure to check expiration dates and flashlight batteries. Replace any used or out-of-date contents.

Pet First Aid Kit


Don’t forget to prepare emergency kits for your pets, too!


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