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Disaster Supplies Kit

Tips for Your Disaster Supplies Kit

Get Kids Involved

Disaster Supplies Kit Basics

 First Aid Kit Basics

Important Documents

Pet's Disaster Kit

 

Tips for Your Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Keep a smaller Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of each car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. This will help protect them from damage or spoiling.
  • Replace stored food and water every six months to ensure their freshness.
  • Rethink your kit and family needs at least once a year (Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.)
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
  • Use an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include:
    • A large, covered trash container.
    • A camping backpack.
    • A duffel bag.
  • A cargo container that will fit on the roof of your vehicle.

 Get Kids Involved

  • Ask children to help you remember to keep your kits in working order by changing the food and water every six months and replacing batteries as necessary.
  • Children might make calendars or posters with the appropriate dates marked on them.
  • Ask children to think of items that they would like to include in their own Disaster Supplies Kit, such as books or games or appropriate nonperishable food items.

Disaster Supplies Kit Basics

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and first aid manual.
  • Supply of prescription medications.
  • Credit card and cash.
  • Personal identification.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Signal flare.
  • Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go.
  • Three gallons of water per person.
  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food.
  • Kitchen accessories:
    • manual can opener
    • mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic/disposable utensils
    • utility knife
    • a can of cooking fuel if food must be cooked
    • household liquid bleach to treat drinking water
    • sugar, salt, pepper
    • aluminum foil
    • plastic resealable bags
  • One complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member
    • sturdy shoes or work boots
    • rain gear
    • hat and gloves
    • thermal underwear
    • sunglasses
  • Blankets or sleeping bag for each family member.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items
  • Entertainment, such as games and books.
  • Remember to consider the needs of very young and older family members, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
  • For baby: formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications.
  • For adults: heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin, prescription drugs, denture needs, contact lenses and supplies, extra eyeglasses, and hearing aid batteries.

 First Aid Kit Basics

  • First aid manual.
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes.
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins.
  • Cleansing agent/soap.
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs).
  • Sunscreen.
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6).
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6).
  • Triangular bandages (3).
  • Nonprescription drugs.
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls).
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls).
  • Scissors.
  • Tweezers.
  • Needle.
  • Moistened towelettes.
  • Antiseptic.
  • Thermometer.
  • Tongue depressor blades (2).
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant.
  • Have the following nonprescription drugs in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
  • Aspirin or non aspirin pain reliever.
  • Anti diarrhea medication.
  • Antacid (for stomach upset).
  • Syrup of ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the poison control center).
  • Laxative.
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the poison control center).
  • Vitamins.
  • Add any necessary prescription and nonprescription drugs.
  • Add special needs for infants, elderly persons, or anyone with serious allergies.

Important Documents

Keep the following original documents in a safe deposit box if possible, and copies in a waterproof, fire-resistant portable container:

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds.
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records.
  • Bank account numbers.
  • Credit card account numbers and companies.
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers.
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates).

Pet's Disaster Kit

  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)
  • 3 to 7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (rotate every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays (ex. aluminum roasting pans)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit-otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (to scoop up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.

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