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Disaster supplies kit

You should stock six basics in your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container such as a large, covered trash can, camping backpack or duffle bag.

First aid kit
Non-prescription drugs
Tools and supplies
Clothing and bedding
Special items
For baby
For adults
Important family documents
General information

• Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
• Store one gallon of water per person per day.
• Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).

• Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods:
• Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
• Canned juices
• Staples such salt, sugar, pepper and spices
• High energy foods
• Vitamins
• Food for infants
• Comfort/stress foods

First aid kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
• (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes
• (1) 5" x 9" sterile dressing
• (1) conforming roller gauze bandage
• (2) triangular bandages
• (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads
• (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads
• (1) roll 3" cohesive bandage
• (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• (6) antiseptic wipes
• (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
• Adhesive tape, 2" width
• Anti-bacterial ointment
• Cold pack
• Scissors (small, personal)
• Tweezers
• CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

Non-prescription drugs
• Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Antacid (for stomach upset)
• Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
• Laxative
• Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Tools and supplies
• Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
• Emergency preparedness manual
• Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Cash and coins
• Non-electric can opener, utility knife
• Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
• Tube tent
• Pliers
• Tape
• Compass
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic storage containers
• Signal flare
• Paper, pencil
• Needles, thread
• Medicine dropper
• Wrench to turn off household gas and water
• Whistle
• Plastic sheeting
• Map of the area (for locating shelters)

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

Clothing and bedding
At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
• Sturdy shoes or work boots
• Rain gear
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Hat and gloves
• Thermal underwear
• Sunglasses

Special items
• Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons

For baby
• Formula
• Diapers
• Bottles
• Powdered milk
• Medications

For adults
• Insulin
• Prescription drugs
• Denture needs
• Contact lenses and supplies
• Extra eye glasses

• Games and books

Important family documents
• Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
- Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers and companies
• Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
• Family records: birth, marriage, death certificates

General information
• Store your kit in a convenient place, and be sure all family members know where it is. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
• Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year and replace batteries.
• Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.


From "Disaster Supplies Kit." developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.

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