Preparing a Disaster Supply Kit

Having a disaster supply kit ready to take with you at a moment’s notice ensures that you will have necessary supplies no matter how fast you may need to evacuate. Pack supplies in a duffle bag or backpacks and keep them in a designated place. Your kit will come in handy if you must take shelter in your home. This list will help ensure that your disaster supply kit includes all the essentials.


  • Pack at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Store water in tightly sealed, non-breakable plastic, fiberglass or enamel lined metal containers
  • Change your water every 6 months


  • Pack enough food to last each family member at least three days
  • include canned and boxed foods because they require little preparation and stay good for long periods of time. Remember to bring a manual can opened or to buy food in self-opening cans
  • Pack foods in sealed metal or plastic containers
  • Replace food every six months
  • Include foods for infants and family members with special diets

Tools & Equipment

  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Spare batteries
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Washcloths and towels
  • Paper cups and plates and plastic utensils
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo deodorant and other toiletries
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags
  • Change of clothing and extra pair of shoes and socks for each person
  • Blankets or sleeping bags for each person