Do you have an Emergency Kit at home?

A family emergency kit should be comprehensive, covering basic needs and essential supplies for each family member. Here’s a list to help you assemble a basic family emergency kit for a cyclone:

  1. Water:
    • 3.7 liters of water per person per day for at least three days.
    • Consider additional water for cooking and hygiene.
  2. Non-Perishable Food:
    • Canned goods
    • Dried fruits and nuts
    • Ready-to-eat meals
    • Baby formula and food (if applicable)
  3. Manual Can Opener:
    • Ensure you have a manual can opener if including canned goods.
  4. Fiji Red Cross First Aid Kit:
    • Bandages, adhesive tape, and sterile gauze pads
    • Antiseptic wipes and ointment
    • Tweezers, scissors, and a thermometer
    • Pain relievers and any necessary prescription medications
    • First aid manual
  5. Clothing:
    • Change of clothes for each family member, including sturdy shoes and rain gear
    • Warm layers if the cyclone occurs during cooler weather
  6. Hygiene and Sanitation Items:
    • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    • Soap and hand sanitizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Garbage bags and ties for personal sanitation
  7. Flashlights and Batteries:
    • Flashlights with extra batteries
  8. Battery-Powered or Hand-Cranked Radio:
    • Stay informed with a weather radio for emergency updates.
  9. Important Documents:
    • Copies of identification (passports, driver’s licenses)
    • Emergency contact information
  10. Blankets or Sleeping Bags:
    • Stay warm in case of power outages or if displaced.
  11. Personal Items:
    • Comfort items for children (e.g., toys, books)
    • Glasses or contact lenses if needed
  12. Emergency Whistle:
    • A loud whistle for signaling and attracting attention.
  13. Chargers:
    • Portable chargers for your mobile devices.
  14. Special Needs Items:
    • Items such as baby supplies, pet supplies, or medical equipment specific to your family’s needs.

Remember to customize the kit based on the size and specific requirements of your family, taking into account the unique needs of children, seniors, and pets. Regularly check and update the kit to ensure that items are in good condition and that food and medications have not expired.

For more information contact the Fiji Red Cross Society Help Desk on

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