Disaster Supply Kit

A disaster supply kit includes items your family might need to survive in the event of a disaster. It should be easy to carry and can be used at home or taken with you in case you must evacuate during an emergency.

You can purchase a pre-assembled emergency kit or create your own. Be sure your kit is prepared well before a disaster strikes, and check your supplies every three months. When assembling your own disaster supply kit, keep the following list in mind.

The essentials

  • Water — one gallon per person, per day, for at least three days.
  • Food — at least a three-day supply of nonperishable items.
  • Blankets/sleeping bags/pillows/towels.
  • Closed-toe, sturdy shoes.
  • Jacket or coat.
  • NOAA weather radio or other battery-powered radio.
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Important documents — copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records and emergency medical information — stored in a waterproof and portable container.
  • Prescription medication.
  • Extra cash.
  • Dust masks to help filter contaminated air.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.
  • Garbage bags.
  • Whistle.
  • Basic tools such as a wrench, pliers and screwdriver.
  • Manual can opener.
  • Local maps.
  • Cell phone and charger.
  • Personal hygiene items and feminine supplies.
  • First aid kit.
    • Two pairs of latex or other sterile gloves.
    • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
    • Soap and antibiotic towelettes.
    • Antibiotic and burn ointments.
    • Bandages in a variety of sizes.
    • Eye wash solution.
    • Thermometer.
    • Aspirin or other pain reliever.
    • Anti-diarrhea medication.
    • Antacid.
    • Laxative.
    • Scissors and tweezers.
    • Prescription medications and medical supplies.

Optional items

  • Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils.
  • Extra clothes that can be washed by hand and hang dry.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine droppers.
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
  • Baby supplies — bottles, formula and diapers.
  • Medical supplies — oxygen, catheters, wheelchairs, hearing aid batteries, etc.
  • Two-way radios.
  • Rain gear.

For your pet

  • Photocopies of medical records and photos of your pets for identification purposes.
  • Medications.
  • Feeding dishes and at least a three-day supply of food and water.
  • Disposable litter trays and litter.
  • Extra collar or harness and leash.
  • Blanket and toys.
  • Sturdy pet carrier.
  • Important information and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian.

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