Disaster Supplies Kit


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 (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food, preparation, and sanitation)
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.


Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable 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 fuel. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix 
  • Vitamins 
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets 
  • Comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags


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

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes 
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads 
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads 
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape 
  • Triangular bandages (3) 
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3) 
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3) 
  • Scissors 
  • Tweezers 
  • Needle 
  • Moistened towelettes 
  • Antiseptic 
  • Thermometer 
  • Tongue blades (2) 
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant 
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins 
  • Cleansing agent/soap 
  • Latex gloves (2 pair) 
  • Sunscreen


  • 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)


  • Mess kit, 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 
  • Tube tent 
  • Pliers 
  • Tape
  • Compass 
  • Matches in a waterproof container 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Plastic storage containers 
  • Signal flares 
  • Paper, pencil 
  • Needles, thread 
  • Medicine dropper 
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water 
  • Whistle 
  • Plastic sheeting 
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)


  • 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 chlorine bleach

CLOTHING AND BEDDING (Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person)

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots 
  • Raingear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves 
  • Thermal underwear 
  • Sunglasses


For Baby

  • Formula 
  • Diapers 
  • Bottles 
  • Powdered milk 
  • Medications 

For Adults

  • Prescription drugs (i.e. heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin, etc.) 
  • Denture needs 
  • Contact lenses and supplies 
  • Extra eye glasses 
  • Entertainment - games and books
  • Important family documents

Keep these records in a waterproof portable container.


  • Will, insurance, policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds 
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records 
  • Bank account cards 
  • Credit card account numbers and companies 
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers 
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)