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Disaster Supply Kit

Disaster Supply Kits which include the items below, can be invaluable to you and your family in the days following a disaster. Personalize your kit. Begin with a basic list, then include specific things you rely on or are used to using every day. In a sturdy, portable container, keep the following on hand:

  • A three day supply of drinking water, approximately one gallon per person per day. Children may need more.
  • A three day supply of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food. It could include canned meats, fruits, vegetables; canned juices, milk, soup; staples such as sugar, salt, and pepper; high energy foods like granola, peanut butter, crackers; vitamins; foods for infants and special diets; comfort foods including cookies, hard candy, and sweetened cereals.
  • A first aid kit. Include over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Rotate these medicines according to their expiration dates.
  • Tools and supplies: flashlight, battery-operated radio, spare batteries, mess kit, can opener, knife, pliers, tape, compass, matches, aluminum foil, paper, pencil, needle, thread, wrench, whistle, tarp or tent.
  • Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, soap, feminine supplies, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, garbage bags.
  • Clothing. Have one change of clothing for each person. Change out the clothing as your children grow. Consider including sunglasses, rain gear and thermal underwear.
  • Bedding: space blankets, wool blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Special items: infant care items, contact lenses and solution, games and books, copies of family documents, money, crayons and toys.

Store your kits in a convenient location that all family members know about. Remember to rotate your food every six months. Replace old batteries. Rethink your needs at least once a year.