How To Build a Disaster Kit

Build a Disaster Kit
Your family emergency supply kit will include a number of items. Here is a list of things you should include:

Water
Store water in plastic containers. You will need one gallon of water per person, per day. (2 quarts for drinking, and 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation.) Keep at least a 3-day supply, and change your supply every 90 days.

Food
Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food. You'll want items that require no refrigeration, little preparation and little or no water. Good things to include are:
  • canned goods (meats, vegetables and fruits)
  • canned juices, milk and soup
  • comfort foods like cookies, hard candy, cereal, instant coffee and tea bags
  • high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, trail mix, and crackers
Clothing & Bedding
Plan for one complete change of clothing and footwear for each person in your household. Other necessities include:
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Thermal underwear
Tools & Supplies
Keeping tools and other supplies together will come in handy during an emergency. These items should be included:
  • Battery operated tv or radio
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Cellular phone
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Needle and thread
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Paper or plastic eating utensils
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Pliers and a shut-off wrench for utilities
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Tape, paper and pencil
  • Toilet paper
  • Utility knife
First Aid Kit
In case of minor injuries, a good first aid kit should include:
    • 2" sterile gauze pads (4 to 6)
    • 2" sterile roller bandages (3)
    • 3" sterile roller bandages (4)
    • 4" sterile gauze pads (4 to 6)
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic spray
    • Latex gloves (2 pair)
    • Moist towelettes
    • Petroleum jelly
    • Scissors, tweezers, needles and safety pins
    • Sterile adhesive bandages
    • Sunscreen
    • Thermometer
    • Triangular bandages (3)