Disaster Kit

Be prepared by assembling your disaster kit in advance. Consider including the following items:

Food and water, you should have supplies for FIVE days. Including one gallon of drinking water per person per day. Food should be non-perishable, requiring no refrigeration or preparation. Don't forget foods for special diets.

Personal care, remember toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, towels, toilet paper, and other care items.

Medical supplies, assemble a first aid kit that contains bandages, gauze, wipes, rubber gloves, rubbing alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Have a two-week supply of prescriptions with dosage information, instructions, and copies of the written prescriptions. Remember oxygen supplies, glasses, hearing aids, walkers, or wheelchairs. Include a copy of your doctor's name and contact information.

Clothing, include at least one change of clothes and footwear per person.

Documents, include driver's licenses, birth certificates, passports, social security cards, family phone numbers, and recent photographs of family members. Remember bank account information, insurance cards, loan documents, wills, and other important legal documents. Reduce paperwork by storing these on a flash drive.

Bedding, comfort, and entertainment. Include blankets or sleeping bags and pillows for each person. Remember cots, folding chairs, books, magazines, cards, games, and toys.

Other supplies, include items such as flashlights, battery-powered radio, manual can opener, eating utensils, batteries, trash bags, and extra house and car keys.

Cash, consider including $100 in small bills per person.