After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Be prepared with a disaster supplies kit containing basic household items such as food, water and other supplies. Don’t forget to prepare extra disaster kits for your office and vehicle. provides a comprehensive list to help keep you and your family safe in the event of a disaster. Consider stocking your kit with the items from the checklist below. Remember you may need additional items for any children, pets, or seniors in your home.

Basic Disaster Supply Kit 

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

  • Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications – Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula (ready-mix), bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Store your disaster supplies kit in airtight plastic bags, bins or a duffel bag. Don’t forget to regularly replace food and batteries!

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