Disaster Supplies Kit

There are 6 basics you should stock in your home:
  • Water
  • Food
  • First aid
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Tools
  • Special items

Keep the items you will most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a large, covered trash container, camping backpack or duffel bag. Keep a smaller version of the disaster supplies kit in the trunk of your car.


Water should be stored in durable plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that may decompose or break. Never ration water. Drink what you need and find more later. Change water supplies every 3 months.
  • Store 1 gallon of water per person per day.
  • Have purifying agents available.


Store at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food for each person. Select foods that require no refrigeration, cooking or preparation. Select food items that are compact and lightweight and rotate the food supply every 6 months.
  • High energy foods - peanut butter, nuts, trail mix, etc.
  • Juices - canned, powdered, or crystallized
  • Milk - powdered or canned
  • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Smoked or dried meats such as beef jerky
  • Soups - bouillon cubes or dried soups in a cup
  • Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
  • Stress foods - sugar cookies, hard candy
  • Vitamins

First Aid Kit

You should have 2 first aid kits - 1 for your home and the other for your car. The kit should include:
  • 2 and 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls each)
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (8 to 12)
  • 3-inch sterile gauze pads (8 to 12)
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Bar of soap
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Moistened towelettes (8 to 10 packages)
  • Needle
  • Safety razor blade
  • Scissors
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue blades and wooden applicator sticks
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Tweezers

Tools & Supplies

  • Aluminum foil
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Cash or travelers checks, change
  • Compass
  • Dust mask and work gloves
  • Family emergency preparedness plan
  • Fire extinguisher, small canister, ABC type
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Medicine dropper
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Needles, thread
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Paper, pencil
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Pliers
  • Shut-off wrench for gas and water
  • Signal flare
  • Tape
  • Tube tent
  • Whistle

Clothing & Bedding

Include at least 1 complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal underwear

Special Items

Remember family members with special needs such as infants, elderly, or disabled individuals.
  • Disinfectant
  • Feminine supplies
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties
  • Sanitation
  • Small shovel, to dig expedient latrine
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Toilet paper, towelettes

For Baby

  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Medications
  • Powdered milk 

For Adults

  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Denture needs
  • Entertainment - Games for children; books for adults
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Heart and high blood pressure medications
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs

Important Family Documents

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