Have a two-week supply of each item for every person in your home. Store the items in a large container(s).

WATER

  • 14 gallons of water per person (1 gallon per day, per person)
  • Store water in clean containers (bottles, pots, bathtubs and sinks) because the water supply may become contaminated
  • Prepare to have extra water for hygiene and for washing dishes

FOOD

Purchase foods that require no refrigeration and little preparation, such as:

  • Ready-to-eat canned food with non-electric can opener
  • Canned juices, canned milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Peanut butter, crackers
  • Snacks: cookies, cereals, etc.
  • Soft drinks, instant coffee, tea
  • Lots of ice (you can freeze your water supply)

FOR BABY

  • Formula, bottles, powdered milk, jarred baby foods
  • Diapers, moist towelettes and special medications

PETS

  • Newspapers or cat litter
  • Moist canned foods (to preserve water)
  • Plastic sheets to cover floor of pet's room

MEDICINE

  • First aid kit
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, antacid
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Bug repellent
  • Burn cream
  • Two-week supply of prescription medication (especially for heart problems and diabetes)
  • Ask your physician how to store prescription medication

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Toilet paper, towels, soap, shampoo
  • Personal and feminine hygiene products
  • Denture needs, contact lenses and an extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Sun protection, insect repellent

OTHER SUPPLIES

  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlights (1 per person) and candles
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Extra batteries (seven sets of batteries for radio, flashlights)
  • Charcoal, waterproof matches, extra propane gas for grills (Use grills outside only!)
  • ABC-rated fire extinguisher in a small canister
  • Portable cooler to hold food, beverages
  • Plenty of absorbent towels, plastic trash bags
  • Wind-up or battery-operated clock
  • Tarp or sheet plastic, duct tape, hammer and nails for temporary roof repairs
  • Cleaning supplies such as chlorine bleach
  • Aluminum foil, paper napkins and plates, plastic cups
  • Can of spray paint (can be used to identify your home by insurance adjusters in case it's damaged)
  • At least one change of clothing per person, sturdy shoes, hat and work gloves
  • Pillows and blankets or sleeping bags
  • Games, cards, books and toys for children
  • Fire or lock box to store important documentation and computer files
  • Heavy rain slickers for each family member