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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

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)

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

Additional Information:

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Last Updated
6/29/2015
Source
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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