Emergency Supplies



When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.


Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

WATER: One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.

Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.

If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.

Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.

Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

FOOD:  Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.

Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.

Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.

Choose foods your family will eat.

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables

Protein or fruit bars

Dry cereal or granola

Peanut butter

Dried fruit



Canned juices

Non-perishable pasteurized milk

High energy foods


Food for infants

Comfort/stress foods


Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

Flashlight and extra batteries

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

Things you should have:

Things it may be good to have:

Non-prescription drugs:


Whistle to signal for help

DUST-MASK: Some potential emergencies could send tiny microscopic "junk" into the air. For example flooding could create airborne mold which could make you sick and an explosion may release very fine debris that can cause lung damage. A biological terrorist attack may release germs that can make you sick if inhaled or absorbed through open cuts. Many of these agents can only hurt you if they get into your body, so think about creating a barrier between yourself and any contamination.

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Local maps

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

        Prescription medications and glasses

        Infant formula and diapers

        Pet food and extra water for your pet

        Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

        Cash or traveler's checks and change

        Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

        Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

        Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

        Fire Extinguisher

        Matches in a waterproof container

        Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

        Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

        Paper and pencil

        Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children