Disaster Supply Kit

Everyone should make preparations to care for yourself and your family for at least three days (72 hours) during and after an emergency. Creating a Disaster Supply Kit is an important part of being prepared. The following items should be stored in a large waterproof backpack or wheeled container for easy transport and kept in a safe place, preferable in your shelter room in your home. Keep medications that cannot be stored in your Kit in a bag that can be easily grabbed. Change out water and food supplies every 6 months when you review your Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Download a copy of the Disaster Supply Kit List (PDF) to print for your own personal use as a checklist. Your Kit should include the following items, depending on your needs:
  • 3-day supply of drinking water (1 gallon per day per person)
  • Battery-powered radio and flashlight, extra batteries
  • Can opener (manual)
  • Canned food, food in sealed containers, packaged snacks
  • Change of clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear, gloves for each person
  • Charcoal grill or camp stove for outdoor cooking
  • Copies of any important family documents (Social Security numbers, birth certificates, wills, insurance policies, credit card and bank account numbers, etc.) stored in a waterproof, portable container
  • Emergency contacts list
  • Extra glasses, extra vehicle and house keys, hearing aid batteries, etc.
  • Fire extinguisher (A-B-C type)
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Large plastic bags and ties for trash, waste, and water protection
  • Lighter, matches, and candles in waterproof container
  • List of insurance policies and phone numbers
  • Loud whistles
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Prescription medicines (if they can be stored safely for a time)
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Small amount of money - cash and change
  • Soap, feminine supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Supplies for babies, elderly or disables persons (if needed)
  • Supplies for pets such as food, water, vet records, leash, cleanup, etc.
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • Tools, instructions for turning off utilities