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October 21, 2020

Disaster Supplies Kit

There are six basics you should stock for your home for disasters of all types: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container - suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffel bag.


- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.

- Store one gallon of water per person per day.

- Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation/sanitation per person).*


- Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supply Kit:

- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables

- Canned juices

- Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)

- High energy foods

- Vitamins

- Food for infants

- Comfort / stress foods

- Protein and fruit bars

- Dry cereal or granola

- Peanut butter

- Dried fruit

- Nuts

- Crackers

- Non-perishable pasteurized milk.


Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

- (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes

- (1) 5" x 9" sterile dressing

- (1) conforming roller gauze bandage

- (2) triangular bandages

- (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads

- (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads

- (1) roll 3" cohesive bandage

- (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol based hand sanitizer

- (6) antiseptic wipes

- (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves

- Adhesive tape, 2" width

- Anti-bacterial ointment

- Burn ointment

- Eye wash solution

- Thermometer

- Petroleum jelly

- Cold pack

- Scissors (small, personal)

- Tweezers

- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.


- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

- Anti-diarrhea medication

- Antacid (for stomach upset)

- Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

- Laxative

- Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

- Potassium Iodide.


- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*

- Emergency preparedness manual*

- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*

- Flashlight and extra batteries*

- Cash or traveler's checks, change*

- Non-electric can opener, utility knife*

- Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type

- Pliers

- Duct tape

- Compass

- Matches in a waterproof container

- Aluminum foil

- Plastic storage containers

- Signal flare

- Paper, pencil

- Needles, thread

- Medicine dropper

- Paper towels

- Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water

- Whistle to call for help

- Plastic sheeting (pre-cut to fit windows, vents, etc.)

- Map of the area (for locating shelters)

- Tent.


- Toilet paper, towelettes*

- Soap, liquid detergent*

- Feminine supplies*

- Personal hygiene items*

- Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)

- Plastic bucket with tight lid

- Disinfectant

- Household liquid chlorine bleach - this can be used as a disinfectant (9 parts water to 1 part bleach) or in an emergency can be used to purify water (16 drops per gallon of water). Do not use scented, color-safe or bleaches with added cleaners.


*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

- Sturdy shoes or work boots*

- Rain gear*

- Blankets and sleeping bags*

- Hat and gloves

- Thermal underwear

- Sunglasses.


- Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.


- Formula

- Diapers

- Bottles

- Powdered milk

- Medications.


- Heart and high blood pressure medication

- Insulin

- Prescription drugs

- Denture needs

- Contact lenses and supplies

- Extra eye glasses.


- Games and books.


- Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

- Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds

- Passports, social security

cards, immunization records

- Bank account numbers

- Credit card account numbers and companies.

- Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers

- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

- Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.

- Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.

- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

Taken from "Disaster Supplies Kit"

developed by the Federal Emergency

Management Agency and the

American Red Cross.

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