Make A Disaster Kit
Make A Disaster Kit
Your family emergency supply kit should include a number of items, including:

    Important Documents
    Birth certificates, Social Security cards, list of current medications, insurance card, etc.

    Current Medications
    Keep your medications in one location so you can grab them with your document folder as you head to shelter.

    Store water in plastic containers. You will need one gallon of water per person, per day. (2 quarts for drinking, and 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation.) Keep at least a 3-day supply, and change your supply every 90 days.

    Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food. You'll want items that require no refrigeration, little preparation and little or no water. Good things to include are
    • canned goods (meats, vegetables and fruits)
    • canned juices, milk and soup
    • high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, trail mix, and crackers
    • comfort foods like cookies, hard candy, cereal, instant coffee and tea bags
    • pet food

    Clothing & Bedding
    Plan for one complete change of clothing and footwear for each person in your household. Others items include:
    • sturdy shoes or work boots
    • rain gear
    • blankets and sleeping bags
    • hat and gloves
    • thermal underwear

    Tools & Supplies
    Keeping tools and other supplies together will come in handy during an emergency. These items should be included:
    • battery operated television or radio
    • extra batteries
    • flashlight and batteries
    • cash or traveler's checks and change
    • cellular phone
    • non-electric can opener
    • utility knife
    • matches in a waterproof container
    • pliers and a shut-off wrench for utilities
    • tape, paper and pencil
    • paper or plastic eating utensils
    • plastic sheeting
    • needle and thread
    • toilet paper
    • soap and liquid detergent
    • personal hygiene items

    First Aid Kit
    In case of minor injuries, a good first aid kit should include:
    • sterile adhesive bandages
    • 2" sterile gauze pads (4 to 6)
    • 4" sterile gauze pads (4 to 6)
    • adhesive tape
    • triangular bandages (3)
    • 2" sterile roller bandages (3)
    • 3" sterile roller bandages (4)
    • scissors, tweezers, needles and safety pins
    • moist towelettes
    • antiseptic spray
    • thermometer
    • petroleum jelly
    • sunscreen
    • latex gloves (2 pair)