Preparing a Disaster Supply Kit

What to Pack

Electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, or telephone service may not work in an emergency. Preparing disaster supply kits in advance can save precious time in the event you must evacuate or go without utilities for an extended period.

Store items for a "go" kit in an easy-to-carry bag and keep in a car or in the garage. The "home" kit can be stored in a plastic tub or garbage can and kept in your home's safest place where you will take shelter.

Recommended Items

Consider including the following items when putting together your disaster supply kit:

  • At least a three-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day) - Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers; replace every six months
  • A three - to five-day supply of nonperishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • Blankets, bedding, or sleeping bags
  • A first aid kit and prescription medications (be sure to check expiration dates)
  • An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution
  • Special items for infants, the elderly, or family members with disabilities
  • A battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries