Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit
Assemble supplies you might need in an
evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry
container such as a backpack or duffel bag.
- A supply of water (one gallon per
person per day). Store water in
sealed, unbreakable containers.
Identify the storage date and replace
every six months.
- A supply of non-perishable packaged
or canned food and a non-electric
- A change of clothing, rain gear and
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- A first aid kit and prescription
- An extra pair of glasses
- A battery-powered radio, flashlight
and plenty of extra batteries.
- Credit cards and cash.
- An extra set of car keys.
- A list of family physicians.
- A list of important family information;
the style and serial number of
medical devices such as pacemakers.
- Special items for infants, elderly or
disabled family members.
Find out which disasters could
occur in your area.
Ask how to prepare for each disaster.
Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
Learn your community’s evacuation routes.
Ask about special assistance for elderly or disabled persons.
Ask your workplace about emergency plans.
Learn about emergency plans for your children’s school or day care center.
Create an Emergency Plan
- Meet with household members to
discuss the dangers of fire, severe
weather, earthquakes and other
emergencies. Explain how to
respond to each.
- Find the safe spots in your home
for each type of disaster.
- Discuss what to do about power
outages and personal injuries.
- Draw a floor plan of your home.
Mark two escape routes from each
- Show family members how to turn
off the water, gas and electricity at
main switches when necessary.
- Post emergency telephone numbers
- Teach children how and when to
call 911, police and fire.
- Instruct household members to turn
on the radio for emergency information
- Pick one out-of-state and one local
friend or relative for family members
to call if separated during a disaster
(it is often easier to call out-of-state
than within the affected area).
- Teach children your out-of-state
contact’s phone numbers.
- Pick two emergency meeting places.
1) A place near your home in case
of a fire.
2) A place outside your neighborhood
in case you cannot return
home after a disaster.
- Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
- Keep family records in a water and
Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Call Your Emergency Management Office
or American Red Cross Chapter if you have any questions