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Disaster Supply Kit

The following is a list of what the American Red Cross suggests for your Family Disaster Supply Kit. Remember, the best way to increase your chances of surviving any kind of fire or disaster is to be prepared.

Essentials:

  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Do not include candles

Water:

  • 3 gallons/person - in a plastic container
  • Additional water for sanitation

Food:

  • Minimum 3 day supply of non-perishable food that does not need to be refrigerated and may need little to no water.
  • Dry cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned Juices
  • Ready-to-eat soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats
  • Quick energy snacks

Medication

  • Laxative
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin medication
  • Insulin
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Prescription drugs
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Heart and High blood pressure medication

Sanitation:

  • Disinfectant
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid

Clothing & Bedding

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat & gloves
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • One complete change of clothing and a pair of shoes for each person
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Thermal underwear

Tools & Supplies:

  • Whistle
  • Crowbar
  • Paper, pencil
  • Medicine dripper
  • Signal flare
  • Assorted nails, wood screws
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Non electric can opener, utility knife
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Tape, duct and plumbers
  • Patch kit and can of seal-in-air
  • Shut-off wrench
  • Aluminum foil
  • Compass
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Needles, thread
  • Matches
  • Pliers, screwdriver, hammer
  • Heavy cotton rope
  • Map of the area

For Baby:

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Powdered mild
  • Diapers
  • Medication

For Pets:

  • Food
  • Records of vaccinations
  • Leash, harness or carrier
  • Non-tippable food and water containers

Important Family Documents:

  • Important telephone numbers
  • Record of bank account numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage & death certificates)
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Record of credit card account numbers and companies
  • Copy of passports, social security cards, immunization records