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Household Disaster Kit

After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location.  Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily. Click here for a copy of the Ready Campaign's Basic Emergency Kit Checklist

Recommended Items to Include in a household Disaster Kit:
  • 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 and extra batteries for both
  • Bottles of WaterFlashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit and instructions
  • 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 (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • A copy of important documents & phone numbers
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Disposable camera
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification.
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Non-Electric Can OpenerFeminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.

Go Bag

A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly.  Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

Recommended Items to Include in a Go-Bag
  • Flashlight Flash Light
  • Radio – battery operated
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.

Think About It...

  • Be sure to include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or CD player Fully stocked First Aid Kitand CDs in your emergency supply kit.
  • Remember every emergency supply kit is unique to you and your family and should be created with your special needs in mind.
  • Take a minute to check your family's first aid kit, and note any depleted items – then, add them to your shopping list.
  • You should keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of you and your family for at least three days.
  • Keep your emergency supply list in your wallet, and pick up a few items at a time when shopping until you have built up a well-stocked supply.