Disaster Supply Kit

Creating A Disaster Supply Kit

American Red Cross Family Disaster Supplies Kit

These contents can be assembled over a five month period on a weekly basis and perishable items should be changed or replaced every six months.

  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Do not include candles, which cause more fires after a disaster than anything else

  • 3 gallons/person, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container
  • Additional water for sanitation

Minimum 3-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water.
  • Dry cereal
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables
  • Ready-to-Eat canned meats
  • Quick energy snacks, graham crackers

First Aid Kit:
(one for your home and one for each car)
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Needle
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Moistened towelettes
  • 2" sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 2" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Sun screen
  • Tweezers
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Tongue blades (2)
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • 4" sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 3" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

Non-Prescription Drugs:
  • Laxative
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Activated Charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)

Tools and Supplies:
  • Whistle
  • Crowbar
  • Paper, pencil
  • Medicine dropper
  • Signal flare
  • Assorted nails, wood screws
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Tape, duct and plumber's tape or strap iron
  • Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Compass
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Needles, thread
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Pliers, screwdriver, hammer
  • Heavy cotton or hemp rope
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)

  • Disinfectant
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid

Clothing and Bedding:
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat and gloves
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • One complete change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Thermal underwear

For Baby:
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Diapers
  • Medication

For Pets:
  • Food
  • Water
  • Medications
  • Records of vaccinations
  • Leash, harness or carrier
  • Non-tippable food and water containers

Important Family Documents:
  • Important telephone numbers
  • Record of bank account numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Record of credit card account numbers and companies
  • Copy of passports, social security cards, immunization records

Family Medical Needs:
  • Insulin
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Prescription drugs
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Heart and high blood pressure medication

  • Games and books
Content was contributed by the American Red Cross.