Emergency Disaster Kit
What should you include in your disaster kit?
Food and water:
One gallon of water per day for each member of your household, canned goods, sugar, salt and pepper, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, candy bars, vitamins, cookies, cereals, instant coffee and tea.
If an infant or elderly person is in your household, his/her special dietary needs should also be included.
First Aid Supplies:
Assorted sizes of adhesive bandages, sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, triangular bandages, sterile bandages, scissors, tweezers and needles, pre-moistened towels, antiseptic, thermometer, tongue blades, petroleum jelly, safety pins, waterless soap, latex gloves, sunscreen, pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, syrup of Ipecac, laxative and activated charcoal.
Tools and Supplies:
Mess kits, utensils, battery-operated radio and flashlights, extra batteries, cash, non-electric can opener, fire extinguisher, tent, pliers, tape, compass, paper, pencils, needles, thread, medicine dropper, a whistle, plastic sheeting and map of the area with shelter locations.
Also pack a crescent wrench for shutting off natural gas and water supply valves.
Toilet tissue, soap and liquid detergent, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, trash bags, plastic bucket with lid, disinfectant and chlorine bleach.
Work boots or sturdy walking shoes, rain suits, sleeping bags or blankets, hats and gloves, thermal underwear and sunglasses.
All family members should be considered (including pets) when planning for an emergency. If you have an infant, elderly or disabled person in your household, you may need the following items:
Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications such as insulin, heart and high blood pressure prescriptions, denture needs, contact lenses, supplies and extra glasses, games and books for entertainment.
Keep copies of important family documents in a waterproof, portable container.
If you must evacuate, you may need to leave your pet at home; public shelters will not permit pets. See www.fema.gov/fema/petsf.htm or contact your local library for more information.
If you plan on evacuating to a friend's or relative's home make sure you take enough food, medications, etc. for your pet.