Everyone should make preparations to care for yourself and your family for at least three days (72 hours) during and after an emergency. Creating a Disaster Supply Kit is an important part of being prepared. The following items should be stored in a large waterproof backpack or wheeled container for easy transport and kept in a safe place, preferable in your shelter room in your home. Keep medications that cannot be stored in your Kit in a bag that can be easily grabbed. Change out water and food supplies every 6 months when you review your Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Download a copy of the Disaster Supply Kit List (PDF) to print for your own personal use as a checklist. Your Kit should include the following items, depending on your needs:
3-day supply of drinking water (1 gallon per day per person)
Battery-powered radio and flashlight, extra batteries
Can opener (manual)
Canned food, food in sealed containers, packaged snacks
Change of clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear, gloves for each person
Charcoal grill or camp stove for outdoor cooking
Copies of any important family documents (Social Security numbers, birth certificates, wills, insurance policies, credit card and bank account numbers, etc.) stored in a waterproof, portable container
Emergency contacts list
Extra glasses, extra vehicle and house keys, hearing aid batteries, etc.
Fire extinguisher (A-B-C type)
First-aid kit and manual
Large plastic bags and ties for trash, waste, and water protection
Lighter, matches, and candles in waterproof container
List of insurance policies and phone numbers
Prescription medicines (if they can be stored safely for a time)
Sleeping bag or blankets
Small amount of money - cash and change
Soap, feminine supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes
Supplies for babies, elderly or disables persons (if needed)
Supplies for pets such as food, water, vet records, leash, cleanup, etc.