Household Disaster kit

Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a camping backpack or a duffle bag. These supplies are listed with an asterick (*)


Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activitiy can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.

  • Store one gallon of water per person per day. (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation
  • and sanitation).*
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.


Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food. Select foods that require no

refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno.

Select food items that are compact and lightweight. *Include a selection of the following foods in your

Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits & vegetables.
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).
  • Staples such as sugar, salt, pepper.
  • High-energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix.
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly person or persons with special diets.
  • Comfort/stress food – cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereal, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags.


Assemble a kit for your home and one for each car. A first-aid kit* should include:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes.
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Thermometer (medical)
  • Sunscreen
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic
  • Tongue depressor (2)

Non-prescription drugs

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative


  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and utensils*
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash, traveler’s checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)*
  • Emergency Preparedness Manual*
  • Fire extinguisher: small – ABC type
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Pliers
  • Paper, pencil
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Tape (duct)
  • Signal flare
  • Medicine dropper
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Plastic storage containers, bags
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off house gas & water
  • Sewing kit (needles, thread)
  • Aluminum foil


  • Toilet paper, towelettes*
  • Soap, liquid detergent*
  • Feminine supplies*
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach


*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Thermal underwear
  • Rain gear*
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat and gloves


Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.

For Baby*

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Medications
  • Powdered Milk

For Adults*

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Other prescription drugs
  • Insulin
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Denture needs


Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds.
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records.

Suggestions and Reminders

  • Store your kit in a place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the kit in your car.
  • Keep items in air tight plastic bags.
  • Change stored water every 6 months so it stays fresh. Rotate your stored food every 6 months.
  • Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
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