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Disaster Supplies List for Families

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.

​Non-Food Items:

  • 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

  • Extra batteries

  • First aid kit (include acetaminophen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID, antibiotic cream and antacids) and manual.

  • Prescription medications (month's supply recommended).

    • Medicine should be clearly labeled and kept separate from other supplies. Always have one refill left on prescription medicine, especially for chronic conditions such as diabetes.

  • 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

  • Whistle

  • 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.

  • Disposable gloves

  • Rope

  • 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

Food Items:

  • 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

  • Cereal/granola bars

  • Protein bars

  • Packaged condiments

For Pets:

  • A two-week supply of dry and canned food

  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)

  • Litter box supplies

  • Traveling cage

Important Documents:

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

​If there is an emergency and you need to evacuate immediately, make sure to take these items:

  • Personal identification

  • Special items for babies/young children/elderly

  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)

  • Bar soap/toiletries

  • 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

  • Canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables (10 cans per person)


​Search for open shelters and open disaster recovery centers near you:

Text SHELTER and a zip code to 43362.

To locate an open emergency shelter, text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362.


Additional Information:


Last Updated
10/29/2018
Source
Adapted from Four Steps to Prepare Your Family for Disasters (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 04/2015)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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