Emergency Supply Kit

You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three (3) days. Although emergency responders and local relief agencies will be on scene following a disaster, they may be greatly overwhelmed. Depending on the severity and spread of the disaster, help may arrive within minutes, hours or days. 

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off. You may become stranded away from your home, have to evacuate at a moments notice, or have to shelter in place. It is unlikely you will have the time or ability to shop for the supplies you need to keep you and your family safe and healthy.  

Preparing a disaster supplies kit long before a disaster strikes allows you peace of mind and the supplies you need to get through the first few days. 

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.


You need to store at least one (1) gallon of water per person per day. 

When determining water quantities, also take into consideration:

  • For hot climates, you may need to increase your water quantities
  • Medical emergencies might require additional water
  • Family pets will also require water


Gather foods that do not require refrigeration, cooking or special preparation. 
If you store canned foods, make sure to include a can opener.

Make sure to include foods for family members with special dietary needs.

Make sure to include pet food.

The Basics of a Disaster Supply Kit

This printable checklist of essentials provides important reminders of items to take.

  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food.

  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.

  • Pet food, water and medicines.

  • Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.

  • First aid kit.

  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).

  • Matches and waterproof container.

  • Whistle.

  • Extra clothing.

  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.

  • Photocopies of credit, identification cards, insurance paperwork and other important documents.

  • Cash and coins.

  • Special needs items; prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens, hearing aid batteries.

  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers.

  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.

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