Detailed Supplies Kit

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After a disaster, local officials and many rescue and relief workers may not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help may not come for hours, or even days. Are you and your family prepared to cope with an emergency until help arrives?

Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, there may not be much time to respond. A highway spill of hazardous material could mean instant evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An ice storm, flood, tornado-like winds, or any other disaster could cut off basic services, such as gas, water, electricity, and telephones for days.

It is very important that your family be prepared for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supply Kit. Once a disaster hits, you will not have time to shop or search for supplies. However, if you gather supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.

Attached are two lists to get you started:

    • a condensed list of essential supplies

    • a more comprehensive list of supplies

DISASTER SUPPLIES CHECKLIST

The following short list is to help you determine what to include in your disaster supplies kit that will meet your family’s needs. Please remember infants, family members with special needs and or disabilities.

Essential Supplies

___ Battery-powered radio w/ batteries

___ Two flashlights or battery-powered lantern w/ batteries

___ Water to last three days, at least one gallon per person per day

___ Prescription medications (if you take them)

___ Towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer

___ Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items (canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter, crackers)

___ A manual can opener

___ First aid supplies (sterile gauze and bandages, safety pins, tweezers, a needle, scissors, antiseptic ointment and sunscreen)

___ A watertight, portable container for important papers.

Other Supplies

___ Blankets ___ Signal flare

___ Infant formula, diapers and ___ Garbage bags

wipes (for those with babies)

___ Whistle

___ Pet supplies

___ Non-prescription drugs (pain relievers, ___ Matches in a waterproof

antacids, antidiarrheals, etc.) container

___ Toilet paper ___ Jumper cables

___ Paper towels ___ Maps

___ Bleach (16 drops of bleach will disinfect ___ Change of clothes

a gallon of water)

___ Disinfectant ___ Extra eyeglasses /contacts

___ Personal hygiene supplies ___ Basic tools

___ Feminine hygiene supplies ___Toys and games for kids

Disaster Supplies Checklist

The following list is to help you determine what to include in your disaster supplies kit that will meet your family’s needs. Please remember infants, family members with special needs and or disabilities.

First Aid Supplies

Supplies

Home (√)

Vehicle (√)

Work (√)

Adhesive bandages, various sizes

     

5” x 9” sterile dressing

     

Conforming roller gauze bandage

     

Triangular bandages

     

3” x 3” sterile gauze pads

     

4” x 4” sterile gauze pads

     

Roll 3” cohesive bandage

     

Germicidal hand wipes or waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizer

     

Antiseptic wipes

     

Box large medical grade, non-latex gloves

     

Tongues depressor blades

     

Adhesive tape 2” width

     

Antibacterial ointment

     

Cold pack

     

2 pairs scissors (small, personal)

     

Tweezers

     

Assorted sizes safety pins

     

Alcohol and peroxide

     

Cotton balls

     

Thermometer

     

Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

     

Sunscreen

     

CPR breathing barrier

     

First aid manual

     

Non-Prescription and Prescription Medicine Kit Supplies

Supplies

Home (√)

Vehicle (√)

Work (√)

Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever

     

Anti-diarrhea medication

     

Antacid (for stomach upset)

     

Laxative

     

Vitamins

     

Prescriptions

     

Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses

     

Food and Water

Supplies

Home (√)

Vehicle (√)

Work (√)

Water (3 day supply per person)

     

Ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables

     

Canned or boxed juices, milk, and soup

     

High-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, and trail mix

     

Special foods for infants

     

Cookies, hard candy

     

Instant coffee

     

Cereals

     

Powdered milk

     

For Baby

Item

(√)

Canned or powdered formula

 

Diapers and wipes

 

Bottles and nipples

 

Medications and ointments

 

Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies

Item

(√)

Item

(√)

Washcloths and towels

 

Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags and ties for personal sanitation uses and toilet paper

 

Towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer

 

Medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid

 

Tooth paste, toothbrushes

 

Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach (16 drops of bleach will disinfect a gallon of water)

 

Shampoo, comb, and brush

 

Small shovel for digging a latrine

 

Deodorants

 

Toilet paper

 

Razor, shaving cream

 

Lip balm, insect repellent

 

Contact lens solution

 

Mirror

 

Feminine supplies

     

Communications


Telephone lines may still be operational even if the power goes out. There is a possibility that portable phones will not work without electricity, therefore, keep one non-portable in your home for emergency situations. Cellular and digital phone systems may even be operational without electricity. Make sure you have fully charged backup batteries available. Plan for the situation that all telephones will not be working in the event of a major disaster.

Equipment and Tools

Tools

(√)

Kitchen Items

(√)

Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries

 

Manual can opener

 

NOAA Weather Radio, if appropriate for your area

 

Mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

 

Flashlight and extra batteries or wind flashlight

 

All-purpose knife

 

Signal flare

 

Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water

 

Matches in a waterproof container (or waterproof matches & lighter)

 

Sugar, salt, pepper

 

Shut-off wrench, pliers, shovel and other tools

 

Aluminum foil and plastic wrap

 

Duct tape and scissors

 

Re-sealable plastic bags

 

Plastic sheeting

 

Small cooking stove and a can of cooking fuel (if food must be cooked)

 

Whistle

     

Small canister, ABC-type fire extinguisher

 

Comfort Items

 

Tube tent

 

Games

 

Compass

 

Cards

 

Work gloves

 

Books

 

Compass and map of area

 

Toys

 

Pliers, shut-off wrench

 

Foods

 

Paper, pens, and pencils

     

Needles and thread

     

Battery-operated alarm travel clock

     

Candles, battery operated lamps, lanterns and lantern fuel

     

Battery operated smoke alarm

     

Medicine dropper

     

Battery operated Carbon Monoxide Detector

     

Clothes and Bedding Supplies per person

Item

(√)

(√)

(√)

(√)

Complete changes of clothes

       

Sturdy shoes or boots

       

Rain gear

       

Hat, gloves, and scarf (if necessary)

       

Extra socks

       

Extra underwear

       

Thermal underwear

       

Sunglasses

       

Blankets/sleeping bags and pillows

       

Documents and Keys

Make sure these items are kept in a watertight container

Item

Stored (√)

Personal Identification

 

Cash or travelers checks, and coins

 

Credit cards

 

Extra set of house and car keys

 

Names and description of any pets

 

Copies of the following:

 

    • Birth certificate

 

    • Marriage certificate

 

    • Divorce decrees

 

    • Driver’s license

 

    • Social Security cards

 

    • Passports

 

    • Wills

 

    • Deeds

 

    • Inventory of household goods

 

    • Immunization records

 

    • Bank and credit card addresses and account numbers

 

    • Stocks and bonds

 

    • Retirement accounts name, address and phone numbers

 

    • Citizenship papers

 

    • State and Federal Tax records

 

    • Car title and registration

 

    • Automobile insurance policy

 

    • Health insurance information

 

    • Health records for each family member

 

    • List of medication needed by family members

 

    • List of special needs for any family member

 

    • Life insurance policies

 

    • Fire, homeowners, and renters insurance policies

 

    • Adoption papers (if necessary)

 

    • Veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number

 

Emergency contact list and phone numbers

 

Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go

 

Emergency Preparedness Manual

 

Pets

Be sure to have extra food and water for your pets in your preparedness plans.

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