Editor's Note: Additional supplies to keep at home or in your car may be recommended based on the types of disasters common to your area.
A note to remind you what you still need to take care of (e.g., get medical equipment; charge cell phones)
Cell phone charger
Crank or battery-powered radio, flashlights
First aid kit (include acetaminophen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID, antibiotic cream and antacids) and manual.
Prescription medications (month's supply recommended).
Photocopies of prescriptions (pharmacy records may not be available right away)
Credit card and cash
Personal identification and current family identification photos
Spare set of car keys
Extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses
Matches in a waterproof container
Map of the area
List of important phone numbers
Special items for babies/young children/elderly.
Three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)
Toiletries (e.g., toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer) and toilet paper
Paper and pencils
Masking or duct tape
Water purification method (e.g., bleach or tablets)
Plastic bucket with a tight lid
Plastic garbage bags
Non-electric can opener and utility knife (like a Swiss Army knife)
Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
Blankets or sleeping bags
A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes for each family member.
Sensory toys or calming devices (e.g., weighted vests, chew toys, fidget toys, white noise or sound machines, blankets)
Baby supplies such as diapers, formula, baby food, and wipes
Peanut butter and jelly
Ready-to-eat canned soup, canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables (three day supply, including pet food)
Bread/crackers stored in waterproof bag or container
Powdered or single serve drinks
Make two copies and keep the originals of the following documents in a safe-deposit box or waterproof container. Consider storing these on a flash drive or online. Keep one copy on hand and give the second to your contact.
Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, and investment information
Passports, social security cards, immunization records, and medical information or emergency information forms
Bank account numbers, credit card account numbers
List of valuable household goods
Family records and photos (e.g., birth, adoption, and marriage certificates), current children's photos
Pet records (vaccination records and medical information)
List of accounts with log-in information and passwords
Search for open shelters and open disaster recovery centers near you:
Text SHELTER and a zip code to 43362.