Build A Disaster Supplies Kit

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    Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.

    After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

    Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

    To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

    A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

    Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

    Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

    Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert


    First aid kit

    Extra batteries

    Whistle to signal for help

    Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and 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

    Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

    Additional Emergency Supplies

    Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

    Prescription medications

    Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives

    Glasses and contact lense solution

    Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, 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

    Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water

    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

    Maintaining Your Kit

    After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

    Keep canned food in a cool, dry place

    Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers

    Replace expired items as needed

    Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

    Kit Storage Locations

    Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

    Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

    Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.

    Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

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