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What is a Disaster Supply Kit and How to Make One

By Shelley Duran
July 11, 2019

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Now is the time to look ahead and start planning for the possibility of a large storm making landfall near you.

A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

Recommended supplies to include in a basic kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person (pack a can opener if your kit contains canned food
  • Battery-powered radio 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Baby wipes for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Other items for your family to consider adding to your supply kit:

  • Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book
  • Batteries for medical devices such as CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machine, motorized wheelchairs and insulin pumps
  • Medical device or infusion tubing
  • Sterile water if needed for medical device cleaning
  • Rain gear
  • Cash
  • Paper towels
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant
  • Medicine dropper
  • Unscented, color safe household chlorine bleach to use as a disinfectant, or in an emergency to treat water

Remember – it’s important to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and just take essentials with you. If you wait, you will probably not have time to search or shop for the supplies you need.