Emergency Preparedness Kit

To prepare your kit

Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home. Place the supplies you’d most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.


- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more. Store one gallon of water per person per day. (Two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation).Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.


Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable 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 in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits & vegetables.
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).
  • Staples such as sugar, salt, pepper.
  • High-energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, and trail mix.
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly person or persons with special diets.
  • Comfort/stress food - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereal, lollipops, instant coffee, and tea bags
FIRST-AID KIT - assemble a kit for your home and one for each car. A first-aid kit should include:.

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes.
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
Triangular bandages (3)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant.
Assorted sizes of safety pins,
Scissors, Needle, Tweezers
Cleansing agent/soap
Latex gloves (2 pairs)
Moistened towelettes, Antiseptic
Thermometer (medical), Tongue blades (2)
Non-prescription drugs  
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
Anti-diarrhea medication, Laxative
Antacid (for stomach upset)

Contact your local American Red Cross Chapter to obtain a basic first-aid manual and training.


Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and utensils
Battery operated radio & extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
Cash, traveler’s checks, change
Non-electric can opener, utility knife
Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Emergency Preparedness Manual
Fire extinguisher: small - ABC type 
Tent, Pliers, Tape (duct)
Compass Paper, pencil, Signal flare
Whistle, Plastic sheeting
Medicine dropper
Matches in a waterproof container
Plastic storage containers, bags
Shut-off wrench- to turn off house gas & water
Sewing kit (needles, thread)
Aluminum foil
Toilet paper, towelettes
Soap, liquid detergent
Feminine supplies
Plastic garbage bags, ties
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Disinfectant- chlorine bleach


Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person including sturdy shoes or work boots, rain gear, blankets or sleeping bags, sunglasses, thermal underwear, hat and gloves.


Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
For Baby
Formula, diapers, bottles, medications, powdered milk
For Adults
Heart and high blood pressure medication, other prescription drugs, Insulin, extra eye glasses,
contact lenses and supplies, denture needs


Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.
Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, passports, social security cards, immunization records.

If you have pets, include the following items in your kit:

Identification collar and rabies tag
Pet carrier or cage
Newspaper, litter, trash bags for waste
Two-week supply of food and water
Veterinary records (necessary if your pet has to go to a shelter)