Supplies kit

Emergency Kits

Stock six basics in your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools 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.


    • Store water in plastic containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break.
    • Store one gallon of water per person per day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can require more. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
    • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person: two quarts for drinking, two quarts 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 5x9 inch sterile dressing
    • 1 conforming roller gauze bandage
    • 2 triangular bandages
    • 2 3x3 inch sterile gauze pads
    • 2 4x4 inch sterile gauze pads
    • 1 roll 3 inch 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 inch 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, to use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center
    • Laxative
    • Activated charcoal, to 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 needs, such as infants, the 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 kit in your car's trunk.
        • 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.