Prepare Disaster Supply Kits

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Keep one kit in your home, another in your car, and a third at work.

Personal/office disaster supply kit

  • Medications, prescription list, copies of medical cards, doctors’ names and contact information
  • Medical consent forms for dependents and copies of personal identification
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Non-latex gloves, dust masks
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution
  • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location)
  • Sturdy shoes, change of clothes, blanket
  • Emergency cash ( ATMs require power and might not work)
  • Local road maps
  • List of emergency out-of-area contact phone numbers
  • Bottled water, snack foods high in water and calories
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs
  • Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, stuffed animals
  • Toiletries and personal care supplies
  • Extra keys for car, home, office, safe deposit box etc.

Household disaster supply kit—Supplies for at least seven days

Store your personal items in a grab and go bag

Store in an easily accessible location, preferably outdoors, in a large watertight, easily-moved container. Replace perishable items like water, food, medications and batteries on a yearly basis.

  • Water (minimum one gallon a day for each person and pet)
  • Wrenches or other special tools to turn off gas and water supplies
  • Work gloves and protective goggles
  • Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, etc. Include duct tape.
  • Portable or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
  • Additional flashlights or light sticks
  • Canned and packaged food
  • Charcoal or propane for outdoor cooking and matches if needed
  • Cooking utensils and a manual can opener
  • Pet food, pet carrier and restraints
  • Comfortable, warm clothing including extra socks
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags, and perhaps a tent
  • Copies of vital documents (deeds, insurance, bank accounts etc.)

Car disaster supply kit

Decide what items in your personal kit are absolute necessities and add:

  • An additional 6-pack of water
  • Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump and flares, white distress flag or silver space blanket
  • Seasonal supplies: winter (blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, chains, windshield scraper); summer (sunscreen and hat)