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Disaster Supply Kit

Last week I quickly threw bandaids, flashlights, and toiletries into my duffle bag which became my last minute disaster kit.  Fortunately I didn't have to use my little kit but it helped me to realize how underprepared I am and how many things my last minute kit lacked. A well prepared kit takes planning and forethought especially if you or your family members have specific medical and dietary needs. I am determined to improve my disaster supply kit and I found some helpful tips that can help everyone become prepared.


The following Basic Emergency Supply check list is from

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitationFood, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plasticsheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

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

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilitiesCan opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

  • Local maps


Some Additional Items to Include

  • Prescription medication and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable containerCash or traveler’s checks and change

  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Fire ExtinguisherMatches in a waterproof container Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

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

  • Paper and pencilBooks, games, puzzles or other activities for children


Here are some additional sites to help you become prepared: