Disaster Supplies Kit

Basic Items to Stock

There are six basics you should stock in your home:

  • Clothing and Bedding
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Food
  • Special Items
  • Tools and Emergency Supplies
  • Water

Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a camping backpack, suitcase, or five gallon bucket with gamma lid.


  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of your Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in air tight plastic bags.
  • Change your stored water supply every 6 months.
  • Rotate your stored food supply every 6 months.
  • Rethink your kit and family needs once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

Suggested Items


Store water in containers such as soft drink bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Children, nursing mothers and elderly may need more. Additionally, it is recommended to:

  • Store one gallon of water per person per day (2 quarts for drinking, 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation)
  • Keep at least a 3-day supply of water for each person in your home


  • Canned juices, milk, soup
  • Comfort food - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, tea bags, instant coffee
  • Food for infants, elderly or persons on special diets
  • High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
  • Vitamins

First Aid Kit

Assemble or purchase a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Kits may be purchased at many camping or outdoor outlets.

Tools & Supplies

  • Aluminum foil
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Cash including change
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener, utility knife
  • Map of the area
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Paper, pencil
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Pliers, tape, compass
  • Signal Flare
  • Tent
  • Whistle
  • Wrench to turn off household gas and water

Sanitation Items

  • Disinfectant
  • Feminine supplies
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Toilet paper, towelettes

Clothing & Bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Additional items include:

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

Special Items

For Baby

  • Diapers
  • Formula and bottles
  • Medications

For Adults

  • Bank account numbers
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Contact lenses / extra eye glasses
  • Credit card numbers
  • Denture needs
  • Entertainment-games/books
  • Heart and blood pressure medications
  • Important Documents (keep together in a portable, waterproof container)
  • Insulin and other prescription drugs
  • Passport, social security cards
  • Will, deeds, stocks, and bonds