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Basic Disaster Supply Kit

During and after an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. These items are mentioned as recommendations. Should you need additional items please make sure you have enough for at least a 7-day period.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

 Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

 Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

 Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

 Flashlight

 First aid kit

 Extra batteries

 Whistle to signal for help

 Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

 Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

 Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

 Manual can opener for food

 Local maps

 Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

 Prescription medications

 Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives

 Glasses and contact lenses solution

 Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream

 Pet food and extra water for your pet

 Cash or traveler’s checks

 Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container

 Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

 Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes

 Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water

 Fire extinguisher

 Matches in a waterproof container

 Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

 Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils

 Paper and pencil

 Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children