Disaster supply kit checklist

A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Prepare a kit in advance and have it handy in case you have to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Checklist

 Water
Aim for at least one gallon of water per person for 3 to 7 days.

 Food
Aim for at least 3 to 7 days, nonperishable packaged or canned food and beverages, snacks, juices and any special dietary items. Include a manual can opener.

 First aid kit
Purchase a kit or assemble one yourself. Key items include different-sized bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, adhesive tape and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

 Clothing
Include rain gear, extra clothing and sturdy shoes or boots.

 Medications
Have at least a two-week supply – preferably a full month – of any prescription medication.

 Personal hygiene items
Include toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, feminine products, toilet paper.

 Heavy duty garbage bags
These are useful for cleaning up debris, but also for household garbage, the collection of which could be disrupted.

 Disposable kitchen items
Include paper plates, utensils, cups, paper towels. The less dishes to wash, the better.

 Flashlights
Do not use candles and be sure to include extra batteries.

 Battery powered radio
In the event of a disaster, radio may be your only way of accessing important notices, advisories and news. Include extra batteries.

 Cash
Banks and ATMs may not be available after a disaster.

 Cell phone with chargers
Include a backup battery; a solar charger will come in handy as well.

Other items to consider:

  • Blankets, pillows
  • Special needs items and food supplies for infants, elderly and disabled family members
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aid batteries
  • Toys, games and reading materials
  • Gas or charcoal grill or propane camp stove
  • Tools

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