Basic Household Disaster Kit


Disasters can happen anytime or anywhere, often without warning. In the event you need to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you, you probably will not have time to shop or search for the supplies you and your family will need. Every household should assemble a disaster supplies kit and keep it up to date.


A Basic Kit includes items a family would probably need to stay safe and more comfortable during and after a disaster. It should be stored in a portable container(s) as close as possible to the exit door. Review the contents at least annually or as your family needs change. Also, consider having emergency supplies in each vehicle and at your place of employment.

·    7 – 10  day supply of nonperishable food & manual can opener

·    7 – 10  day supply of fresh water (one gallon of water per person, per day).

·    Portable, battery powered radio or tv and extra batteries.

·    Flashlight and extra batteries.

·    First aid kit and manual.

·    Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and toilet paper).

·    Waterproof matches. 

·    Whistle. 

·    Extra clothing and blankets.

·    Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils.

·    Photocopies of identification and credit cards.

·    Cash and coins (smaller denominations).

·    Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid batteries.

·    Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers.

·    Tools, pet supplies, a map of the local area, and other items to meet you unique family needs.

If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat during or after a disaster. Think about your clothing and bedding needs. Be sure to include one set of the following for each person:

·    Jacket or coat.

·    Long pants and long sleeve shirt.

·    Sturdy shoes.

·    Hat, mittens, and scarf.

·    Sleeping bag or warm blanket.

Supplies for your vehicle should also include:

·    Flashlight, extra batteries, and maps.

·    First aid kit and manual.

·    White distress flag.

·    Whistle.

·    Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump, and flares.

·    Water and non-perishable foods.

·    Seasonal supplies: Winter – blanket, hat mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains, windshield scraper, florescent distress flag; Summer – sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or greater), shade items (umbrella, wide-brimmed hat, etc)

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