To prepare for the unknown, each home should have a 72-hour Disaster Survival Kit. You will

need to pack some essential items to help you and your family survive, whether you stay at

home or leave it during a disaster. Ensure at least three days (72 hours) supply for each person. Do not forget

pets where applicable!

 

The following is a minimum suggested list of Survival Kit supplies:

Drinking Water:

? One gallon per person/per day in unbreakable containers, Avoid using

containers that will decompose or break,l such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally

active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and

intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people

will need more. ? Don’t forget to add additional water for mixing formula if you have children and for your pets.

Rotate the drinking water each year.

 

Food preparation and sanitation require another two quarts (minimum) per person daily.

Purchased bottled water that has been sealed is best for storage. It meets FDA guidelines for

food and is not as vulnerable to temperature changes as unsealed water

? Tip: Purchase water this year and use it for drinking next year. This allows for rotation on

an annual basis and keeps the water fresh. Yes water can go bad!

 

Water for sanitation use:

? Store extra containers of water to be used for flushing toilets, cleaning, and bathing.

? Purchase water purification tablets (Halazone) to be used if you still have running water but

are told to boil water before using it. This allows you to fill the bathtub and other containers

without purchasing expensive drinking water.

? Tip: Keep plastic containers (milk jugs and other containers) and fill them with water when a

storm threatens. You can put these items in the freezer to keep food cold longer in the event

that the electricity goes out.

 

Non-perishable Food:

? Maintain at least 3-7 days of food for each member of the family.

? Small, preferably single serving cans (should not require cooking or

refrigeration). Dried fruit, peanut butter and jelly, coffee, tea, soft drinks and pet foods.

? Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables. ? Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).

? Staples – sugar, salt, pepper in water proof containers. ? High energy foods like crackers, granola bars, trail mix.

? Raw vegetables that do not need refrigeration. ? Fresh bread.

 

• Comfort/stress foods – cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea

bags.

• Sterno for cooking.

• Vitamins

• Food for infants

? Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

? Non-electric can opener

? Aluminum foil

? Plastic storage containers

? Lots of ice (you can freeze your water supply)

? Pedialyte (to restore hydration if needed)

? Tip: Purchase only items that you like to eat and would eat even without a storm. Rotate

these items by using them Dec-May each year and purchasing new items Jan-May. This

allows you to reduce the cost of buying items for a hurricane kit at one time and keeps the

items fresh. Yes even canned goods have a shelf life!

 

Baby Needs:

? Special foods (enough for several days)

? Formula (enough for several days)

? Extra diapers

? Medicines (get a copy of prescription)

? Blankets

? Diaper Rash Ointment

? Baby Wipes

? Powder

? Bottles

? Pacifier

? Favorite toy/blanket

? Medicine dropper

? Diaper-rash ointment

 

Sanitation

? Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, liquid hand

sanitzer

• Liquid detergent

• Feminine supplies

• Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo etc.)

• Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses) 

• Plastic bucket with tight lid

• Household chlorine bleach, disinfectant

• Plenty of absorbent towels

First Aid Kit

• Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

• Adhesive bandages various sizes -- Sterile gauze pads (various sizes)

• Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• Non-latex gloves -- Adhesive tape -- Anti-bacterial ointment -- Antiseptic spray

• Cold packs (non refrigerated type) – Scissors – Tweezers -- Rubbing alcohol

• CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield -- Thermometer, Safety pins.

Non-Prescription Drugs

• Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever, Benadryl, peroxide

• Anti-diarrhea medication, Antacid (for stomach upset)

• Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

• Laxative

• Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Prescription Drugs

• Heart and high blood pressure medication

• Insulin (enough for a 30 day supply)

• Hearing Aid and extra batteries

• Prescription drugs

• Denture needs

• Contact lenses and supplies

• Extra eye glasses

• Tip: If your insurance will allow, get a 90 day supply of prescriptions and have at least a 30 day supply on hand. 

Clothing and Bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

• Sturdy shoes or work boots

• Towels

• Rain gear 

• Blankets or sleeping bags

• Pillows

• Hat and gloves

• Sunglasses

• Tent

• Lawn chairs

Entertainment

• Games

• Books

• Cards

• Extra batteries for games, Coloring books, crayons.

Miscellaneous

• Wind-up or battery-operated clock

• Paper, pencil

• Needles, thread

• Camping utensils

• Map of the area (for locating shelters) and returning to the area.

• Cash or traveler's checks

• Tip: Have enough cash to sustain you through a 2 week period. Without electricity, most

businesses (if open) will not accept credit cards and may not accept traveler’s checks.

• Emergency preparedness manual

• Citronella candles

 

Tools and Supplies:

Masking and/or duct tape

Handsaw Razor knife Ax or chain saw

Nails and screws Ladder Portable generator Wheelbarrow

Bucket/mop, broom Fire extinguisher Hammer Screwdriver

Pliers/wrenches Rope caulk All purpose cleaner Sandbags

Shovel, rake Plywood Plastic sheet/drop cloth Bleach

Tarps to cover roof Portable a/c unit BBQ grill Extra filled propane tanks

Utility knife Fire extinguisher: small

canister ABC type

Compass Tape, duct tape

Signal flare Battery operated radio

with extra batteries

Bug repellant Sun screen

(2-3) Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs

Matches in a waterproof

container

Shut-off wrench to

turn off household

gas and water

Whistle 

 

Not evacuating and staying home?

? Ensure you have enough food, water, medications, and other supplies in your survival kit

to last at least 2 weeks.

? Turn refrigerator to coldest setting and keep closed.

? Turn off propane tanks.

? Unplug small appliances.

? Fill bathtub and other containers with water for cleaning and flushing. Additional water is

stored for drinking.

? Cover all windows and other openings with hardened protections. If you do not have

manufactured shutters, cut plywood and secure to protect the windows.

? Close all interior doors and brace outer doors.

? Select an interior room to use as a safe room.

? Plan as though you were evacuating and have enough cash on hand to sustain purchasing

of gas, food, and other supplies in the days following the storm.

? If you have a generator, ensure you have enough gas on hand to sustain usage for

several days.

? Ensure you have sufficient medications in case you are confined to your home for several

days. Post-storm there may not be any electricity and pharmacies will probably closed

even with a minor storm.

? Plan to cook on a camp stove or grill in the days immediately after the storm

passes.