Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Assemble these supplies which you might need in the case of an emergency. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack, duffle bag or covered trash containers.
Items listed with an * are needed primarly in the event of an evacuation.
A three-to-seven day supply of water, one gallon per person per day. Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers such as plastic bottles. Mark containers with storage date and replenish every six months.
A three-to-seven day supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
- Baby Food
- Cooking Tools & Fuel
- Food Supplements
- Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils
- Special Diets
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit that contains a two-week supply of your family’s prescription medications. A few of the supplies in a common first aid kit are bandages, antiseptic, tape, compress and non aspirin pain reliever. First Aid Kits can be purchase tax-free.
A portable battery-powered radio, flashlights, batteries and other emergency tools.
Common Emergency Tools
- ABC rated fire extinguisher
- Battery-powered Radio or NOAA Weather Radio
- Battery-powered Flashlight
One for each family member.
- Bleach or water purification tablets
One for food, another for getting ice.
- Extra Batteries
- Mosquito Repellent
- Sun screen (SPF 45 recommended)
Gas stations may run out of fuel, ice may not be available and bank ATMs may not have power.
With no power, banks may be closed, checks and credit cards unaccepted, and ATMs may not be operational.
Place copies of important documents in waterproof containers. Obtain photocopies of prescriptions from the pharmacy. Also, take note of the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
- Drivers License
- Medical History and Records
- Photocopies of Prescriptions
- Bank Account Numbers
- Social Security Card
- Property Inventories
- Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
- Pet Picture and License
Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children. Extra batteries for games which require batteries.
A change of clothing, raingear and footwear.
One blanket or sleeping bag per person.