A Disaster Supply Kit is any pre-assembled group of items that will improve the health and safety of your family during a disaster.  Kits can be purchased or be homemade in a variety of styles and sizes.  They can be as small as a shaving kit for your glove compartment or as big as a 50-gallon drum for your business.   In general, kits should be easy to carry and as lightweight as possible.  You can have many kits, each suited to a different purpose. Have a kit everywhere you plan to be such as:

Home Kit

Large; Stays at home

  • Large capacity water for whole family
  • Food supplies for whole family
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Toys/books for children
  • Cash
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Tools
  • Large size first aid kit
  • AM/FM radio and FRS radios
  • Important documents
  • Plug-in analog phone
  • Cash
  • Important documents
  • Activity items for adults (cards) and kids (coloring books)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags for each member of the family
  • Radio –  portable, with spare batteries
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Additional equipment – glasses, dentures, hearing aids
  • Flashlight – spare batteries and light bulb
  • Fire extinguisher – multipurpose labeled “ABC”
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask

Everyday Kit

Small; Carry on you

  • Small flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Multi-use tool
  • Cellphone charger or batteries

Bedside Kit

Small; Near your bed

  • Flashlight or glow sticks
  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Glasses or contacts

Grab-and-Go Kit

Small to medium; At home (and should be easy to carry if you need to evacuate your home)

At a minimum your emergency supplies should include these 10 essential items

  • Water for 7-10 days (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food for 7-10 days (including pet food)
  • First Aid Kit and Instructions
  • Flashlights (and extra batteries)
  • Radio (and extra batteries)
  • Medications (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Cash and important documents (small bills and coins, birth certificates, tax returns, deeds, titles, insurance papers, medical cards)
  • Clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Tools (wrench, duct tape, fire extinguisher, sturdy gloves, whistle)
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies

Automobile Kit

Medium; In your vehicle’s trunk

  • Flashlight / batteries
  • Cellphone charger
  • Sun hat
  • Jacket
  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Snacks/Food
  • Medium Size First Aid Kit

Work Kit

Small to medium; At your work station/area

  • Change of clothes
  • Food/snacks
  • Medications
  • Sunhat (for evacuations)
  • Toiletries

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