Get a Kit

Family Disaster Kit

Family Disater KitWhen a disaster strikes there may not be time to develop a list of these things you will need, locate them and pick them up. You should develop your list of needed supplies prior to the disaster. If possible, have supplies pre-packaged in water resistant containers so they are ready to go when needed.

Contents of this section:

Container / Storage Options

Large, covered trash container

Camping backpack

Duffle bag

Plastic, snap lid container sold at most variety stores


 Large thermos type containers

Empty plastic gallon water containers, such as the type sold at grocery stores containing commercial spring or distilled water. These containers are reusable if they have "screw on" type lids.

Plan for a five-day supply of water.

Pre-bottled water should be replaced every six months.

Plan for a gallon of water a day per person.
Remember that water will be used not only for drinking, but also for food preparation and sanitation. Don’t under estimate your needs!


Plan for a five-day supply of non-perishable foods

Plan to use non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration and need minimal preparation and water

Use canned meats, fruits and vegetables

Use canned Sterno for foods that require heating

First Aid Kit 

During disasters we are more prone to injuries. Sources of injuries are plentiful: debris, broken glass, and hanging objects such as tree limbs. Also, without proper sanitation, illness can occur to healthy people. Two kits are recommended, a kit for your home and a travel kit for each vehicle.

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

Assorted sizes of safety pins

Soap and cleansing agent

Several pairs of latex gloves


2-inch and 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6 of each)

Triangular bandage

Non-prescription drugs

2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)




Moistened towelettes



Tongue blades

Petroleum jelly

Non-Prescription Drugs

Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

Anti-diarrhea medication


Syrup of Ipecac (causing vomiting if advised to do so by the Poison Control Center)


Activated charcoal (used under the advice of the Poison Control Center)

Medicine dropper

Tools and General Supplies

Mess kit, paper cups, plates and utensils

Emergency information (pamphlets, brochures and other reference material

Cash, travelers checks, change (if electrical power is lost, credit cards cannot be used)

Battery operated radio and extra batteries

Manual can opening

Fire extinguisher (ABC type)

Tube tent





Tape (Duct and masking)


Matches in waterproof container

Aluminum foil

Plastic bags of various sizes (with zip lock top)

Plastic storage bags

Plastic storage container

Signal flare

Needles and thread

Whistle (to signal)

Plastic sheeting

Various area maps


Toilet paper


Liquid soap and detergent

Feminine hygiene supplies

Personal hygiene supplies

Plastic bucket with tight lid (can serve as a toilet)

Plastic garbage bags (toilet inserts)


Household chlorine bleach

Clothing and Bedding

Several days change of clothing

Several pairs of strong shoes

Rain gear

Blanket or sleeping bags

Cots or lounge chair

Hat and gloves


Thermal underwear in the winter

Special Needs Items 
Remember the requirements of those family members with special needs. These can vary from dietary to walkers, and baby formula to prescription medicines. 

Ask your doctor and pharmacist about storing prescription medicines

Baby Items




Powdered milk


Carriage or port-a-crib

Familiar toys

Adult Items

Heart and high blood pressure medicine


Other prescription drugs

Contact lenses and cleansing supplies

Extra sets of glasses


Board games

Books and magazines

Playing cards

Toys for small children

Important Documents

Keep records in watertight plastic containers if possible


Insurance policies

Contracts and deeds

Stocks and bonds


Social Security Card

Immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers

Inventory of valuable household goods such as pictures or videos

Important telephone numbers

Birth, marriage and death records