any necessary items for infants, seniors, and people with disabilities
in your kit. Store your disaster supplies in a sturdy but
easty-to-carry container. A large covered trash container,
overnight backpack or duffel bag will work. Keep a smaller
version of the kit in your vehicle. If you become stranded
or are not able to return home, having some items with you will help
you be more comfortable until help arrives.
- Water - Have at least
one gallon per person per day.
- Food for 3 days -
Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars,
read-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Select foods that require
- Can opener, cups and
mess kit (plates, utensils), if appropriate
- Flashlight - Include
- First aid kit - Pack
a reference guide.
- Medications - Don't
forget prescription and non-prescription items.
- Tools -
Assemble a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, a manual can opener, a
screwdriver, hammer, pliers, a knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and
garbage bags and ties.
- Clothing - Provide a
change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves, rain
items - Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; and comfort
items such as toys and
- Sanitary supplies -
You'll want toilet paper, moist towelettes, feminine supplies, personal
hygiene items, bleach, etc.
- Money - Have cash
(ATMs and credit cards won't work if power is out).
Information - Carry a current list of family phone numbers and email
addresses, including someone out of hte area who may be easier to reach
if local phone lines are out of service or overloaded.
- Pet supplies -
- Matches in a
- Signal flare
- Keep copies of
important family records such as insurance policies, identification and
bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Map - Consider
marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.
- Radio - Include extra
Other items to include if desired: Mini camp stove with fuel
tablets, ponchos, water tablets, hand & pocket warmer, candles,
emergency thermal blankets, tissues, nylon braided cord, waterproof
bag, quart zip lock bag, napkins & spoons, camper's can
opener/swiss army knife.