Emergency Kit Preparation

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Here's What to Include

Emergency Kit

Preparedness is the key to survival in any disaster, including hurricanes and terrorism, and having a family disaster supply kit handy can aid in recovery. The following shopping list should help residents to assemble the basic items for a family disaster supply kit over a four-week period without causing a significant financial burden.

Week One
Hardware store:
  • containers to hold disaster supply kit (large plastic tub with lid, backpack, etc.)
  • flashlights
  • portable tool kit
  • roll of duct tape
  • utility knife
  • tarp (to cover a leaky roof if necessary)
  • battery-operated radio
  • batteries for flashlights and radio
Purchase or gather from existing household supply:
  • blanket or sleeping bag for each member of the household
  • small pillow for each member of the household
  • towels
  • books or games for entertainment
  • local road map
  • set of extra clothing and shoes for each member of the household
Week Two
Grocery store:
  • cans of meat for each member of the household (i.e., tuna, chicken, chili, beef stew, corned beef)
  • cans of ready-to-eat soup for each member of the household
  • cans of vegetables for each member of the household
  • cans of fruit for each member of the household
  • box of heavy-duty garbage bags with ties
  • box of zip-lock food storage bags for storing important papers and small items
  • hand-operated can opener
Week Three
Drug store:
  • toothbrush for each member of the household
  • large tube toothpaste
  • bottles of necessary over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • box of sanitary wipes or liquid hand sanitizer
  • feminine hygiene supplies
  • bottle of shampoo
  • family-size first aid kit
Week Four
Grocery store:
  • gallons of water for each member of the household, including pets (at least one gallon per person per day)
  • containers/boxes quick energy snacks (granola bars, nuts, raisins, trail mix)
  • jar of peanut butter
  • large cans of juice (not concentrate)
  • rolls of paper towels
  • 6-roll pack of toilet paper
If needed, purchase extra items for:
  • pets (food, leashes, toys, etc.)
  • children (baby food, formula, diapers, coloring books, etc.)
  • elderly or special needs family members (hearing aid batteries, medications, special food, etc.)