If you are confined to your home or must evacuate as a result of severe weather or disaster, a disaster supplies kit can be useful. Keep it readily accessible for safety, comfort, and convenience. All household members should know where it is stored. Replace food, water, medical supplies, and batteries as needed. Place the items you need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.
Be sure to include the following items when assembling your supplies kit.
- 3 day supply of water (1 gallon/person/day) in clean, marked, plastic containers.
- 3 day supply of non perishable, nutritious food not requiring cooking (peanut butter, canned or dried meats, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, powdered drink mix, powdered or canned milk) eating utensils, manual can opener.
- List of prescription medicines
- Extra eye glasses, other needed eye wear
- Extra car keys
- Baby supplies (formula, diapers)
- Pet food, extra water, any special medication
- Standard first aid kit
- ABC fire extinguisher
- Battery-operated radio, flashlights, plenty of extra batteries
- Tools, rope, wrench (including gas shut-off wrench), pliers, hammer, nails
- Change of clothing, sturdy footwear for each person
- Bedding for each person
- Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, feminine supplies)
- Cash or credit card
- Important family documents
- Medical insurance identification numbers
- Out-of-town contact list
- Paper and pencil
- Reading material
For the Car
Assemble a smaller version of disaster supplies kit to be stored in vehicle. Maintain this kit regularly. It should contain the following items:
- Blanket/sleeping bag
- Flares and or triangles
- Jumper cables
- Rock salt and sand (if applicable)
- Tire repair/replacement supplies