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How to assemble a disaster supplies kit


In case of evacuation, keep these supplies in an easy-to-carry container, such as a camping backpack or a duffle bag.


A three to seven day supply of at least one gallon of water per person per day, stored in food-grade containers. Be sure to empty, rinse, and refill these containers every six months if the kit is being stored. Include water purification supplies in your kit.


A two week supply of non-perishable, packaged or canned food and juices that require little or no cooking and no refrigeration. Include snacks and any specific foods required by infants or the elderly. Other additions: a non-electric can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, and a portable stove with fuel if necessary.


Blankets and pillows, especially if you stay at a shelter. One sleeping bag per person should also be included.


At least two full change of clothes per person. Clothes should be seasonal/temperature appropriate. Also pack rain gear and a pair of sturdy shoes with an extra pair of shoes.

First Aid Kit

Required medicines and prescription drugs (check expiration dates), sunscreen, insect repellent, pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, and other basic first aid supplies such as bandages, scissors, tweezers, and antiseptic.

Special Items

Items required for babies, the elderly, or anyone with special needs in your family or group.


Toilet paper, moisture wipes, feminine supplies, insect repellent, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, liquid detergent, and other personal hygiene items. For sanitation, include plastic garbage bags and ties, a plastic bucket with a tight lid, disinfectant, and bleach (unscented).


Regular or NOAA weather radio with extra batteries. Note: Regular AM/FM radios do not pick up NOAA emergency broadcasts. (See: Where to Buy a NOAA Weather Radio Receiver.)


A fully charged cell phone (that has been activated via a wireless provider) with cord for charging and a charged cordless charger.


Cash (some in small bills) and credit cards.(ATMs and banks may not be operational.)

Tools and Supplies

A flashlight and extra batteries, a utility knife, a tent, pliers, tape, a compass, matches in a waterproof container, aluminum foil, plastic storage containers, a signal flare, and paper/pencil.

Pet Care

Pet carrier, leashes, collars, shot record, recent photo and pet identification, medications, and muzzles (if necessary).


An extra set of keys, books, games.

Insurance Policy

If evacuating, take your insurance policy with you for quick access to policy number and contact information.

By Angie Lindsey

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