Family Disaster Kit

Be Prepared for Disaster 

Emergency Supply Check List

Always have a family disaster kit and plan ready. Disasters can strike at any time, and response could be delayed as much as 72 hours after the disaster, depending on the type. Plan beforehand what your family should do and be sure each family member knows. Be prepared for any disaster before it strikes: you won't have time afterwards.
  • Water: Store at least one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation / sanitation). Water should be stored in plastic containers. Never ration water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more for tomorrow.
  • Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, cooking and preparation. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following:
    • Ready-to-eat meats, fruits and vegetables
    • Milk (powdered or canned)
    • Smoked or dried meats like beef jerky
    • High-energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, crackers, nuts, health foods, and trail mix)
    • Juices (canned, powdered or crystallized)
    • Stress foods (sugar cookies, hard candy, and sweetened cereals)
    • Soups (bouillon cubes or dried "soup in a cup")
    • Staples (sugar, pepper, salt)
  • First Aid Kit: You should have two first aid kits - one for your home and one for your car. Check with the American Red Cross or your pharmacist about what to include in your kits. Be sure to include nonprescription drugs like aspirin, laxative, antacid, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
  • Clothing and Bedding: Include at least one complete changing of clothes and footwear for everyone. Include rain gear, blankets or sleeping bags, sunglasses, cold weather gear, sturdy shoes or work boots.
  • Tools and Supplies: Miscellaneous items are needed in your disaster kit also. These would include but are not limited to:
    • Mess kits or paper plates and cups
    • Plastic utensils
    • Radio and fresh batteries
    • Flashlights and fresh batteries
    • Cash
    • Can-opener
    • Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
    • Tent
    • Pliers and a shut off wrench
    • Matches (in waterproof container)
    • Garbage bags
    • Compass
    • Aluminum foil
    • Sanitation items
    • Soap
    • Household chlorine bleach
    • Small shovel
  • Special Items: Family members with special needs - such as infants, disabled individuals, or the elderly - will need certain items that you might not normally consider. Be sure that medications, glasses, diapers, formula and bottles are included. Have some type of entertainment for children and adults. Keep important family documents or copies of such in waterproof, portable containers, such as wills, insurance papers, passports, immunization records, household inventories, birth / death certificates, bank / credit bard information.