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Family Disaster Preparedness


Supply Kit

During an emergency, it is important to have a disaster supply kit prepared and readily available.

Recommended disaster supplies are:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Blankets and personal hygiene supplies.
  • Essential medicines and first aid kit.
  • Cash, coins, and credit cards (Photocopies of credit and identification cards as well.)
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Charged cell phone.
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.


Maintaining Your Disaster Supply Kit

Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:

  • Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
  • Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded.
  • Use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
  • Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
  • Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack, or duffel bag.

Family Disaster Plan

In the case of an emergency, families should have a family disaster plan. This will allow families to ensure each other's safety. Here are the steps:

  • Pre-arrange a safe meeting place inside your home. 
  • Find an interior room on the ground floor with no windows or exterior doors. 
  • Should the emergency occur during work and school hours, have a plan for re-grouping. 
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