Disaster Supply Kit

Earthquakes, floods, and other disasters can seriously disrupt normal life. Services may not be available, transportation may be cut off and roads may be blocked. In some cases, you may be forced to evacuate. Be ready to respond to any situation by assembling and maintaining a Disaster Supplies Kit.

WATER
Plan on one gallon of water per person per day.

Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as mason jars or glass bottles.
Use water for health.
Because water is so important to human survival, it should never be withheld. Drink at least two quarts per day, as long as supplies last, and look for alternative sources.

FOOD
Store at least a three-day supply of no-perishable food.
Choose foods that require no refrigeration, cooking, or preparation and are compact and lightweight. If food must be cooked, include a can of sterno.

Food suggestions

  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, nuts, health food bars, trail mix.
  Comfort stress foods-cookies,hard candy,sweetened cereals.
  Vitamins
  Container
  Store the supplies in an easy-to-carry object such as a large,covered trash container, camping backpack, or a duffle bag.

Have two first aid kits.
Keep a complete first aid kit in your home and car.

Items to include

  Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  4-inch gauze pads
  Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  Triangular bandages (3)
  2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  3-inch sterile roller bandages
  Scissors
  Tweezers
  Needles
  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 upset stomach)
  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)

Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to obtain a basic first aid textbook.

SUPPLIES & TOOLS

  Emergency preparedness manual
  Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  Fire extinguisher, small canister, A-B-C type
  Tube tent
  Pliers
  Tape
  Compass
  Matches in a waterproof container
  Aluminum foil
  Signal flares
  Paper and pencils
  Needles and thread
  Medicine dropper
  Shut off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  Whistle
  Plastic sheeting

CLOTHING & BEDDING
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  Sturdy shoes or work boots
  Rain gear
  One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  Hat and gloves
  Thermal underwear
  Sunglasses

SANITATION

  Toilet paper, towelettes
  Soap, liquid detergent
  Feminine supplies
  Personal items-shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm.
  Small shovel, for digging and expedient latrine
  Plastic garbage bag and ties
  Plastic bucket with tight lid
  Disinfectant
  Household chlorine bleach

SPECIAL ITEMS
Include items for household members with special needs, such as infants, elderly, or disabled individuals.

  Babies
  Formula
  Diapers
  Bottles
  Powdered Milk
  Medications

Elderly People

  Heart and high blood pressure medications
  Insulin
  Prescription drugs
  Denture needs

Include favorite entertainment items.

  Coloring books and crayons
  Games
  Books

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Keep these records in a waterproof container.

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

Storage Suggestions
Store the kit in a safe, convenient place known to all family members. If possible, it should be a cool, dry, dark location. Keep a smaller version of your Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.

Keep items, or groups of items, in water-proof and air tight plastic bags. Change the water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Rotate the food every six months. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the proper procedure for storing prescription medications. Replace batteries often.

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