Disaster Supply Kits

Emergency preparedness suppliesAt a minimum, the American Red Cross and FEMA recommend the following basic supplies which can be stored in a waterproof bag or tub in the garage or closet. More prepared families have kits ready on different floors of their home, in case you cannot get to the basement, or cannot leave the top floor, for example. Your emergency supply kit(s) should also be easy to take with you in case you must evacuate.

Ready-made Emergency Supply Kits are available online through organizations like the American Red Cross and FEMA.

Or you can build your own kit(s) with the following basic items ( printable pdf | doc ):

Basic Kit Items

✓   Water -  one gallon per person per day

✓   Food  -  three day supply of nonperishable food for evacuation
       per person; two week supply for home usage per person

✓   Manual can opener

✓   Flashlight

✓   Battery power radio/hand crank radio

✓   Extra batteries

✓   First aid kit

✓   Finances: cash, credit card, and checkbook

✓   Copies of personal documents such as driver's license,
       medications list, passport, proof of address, etc. (Consider
       having digital copy on USB drive)

✓   Medications – seven day supply

✓   Medical items

✓   Multipurpose tool

✓   Sanitation/personal hygiene items

✓   Cell phone and charger cord

✓   Family/emergency contact information

✓   Emergency blanket

✓   Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and possibly add
these items to your kit:

  • Medical supplies – hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane
  • Baby supplies – bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies – collar, leash, ID, bowl, extra food and water

Additional disaster kit supplies to consider:

  • Two-way radios with extra batteries
  • Person experiencing reliefExtra sets of car keys and house keys
  • Whistle
  • Surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household bleach
  • Entertainment items (playing cards)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Be Red Cross Ready in only five weeks

You could be Red Cross Ready in five weeks by following this Emergency Supply Shopping List and Action Plan. Each week complete the action items listed or add the emergency kit supply items into your weekly shopping.