basic items that should be stored in your home are water, food,
first-aid supplies, a fire extinguisher, clothing and bedding, tools,
emergency supplies and specialty items. Keep the items that you would
most likely need at home in one easy-to-carry container such as a trash
can, plastic storage container, camping backpack or duffel bag. Store it
in a convenient place, and put a smaller version in your car. Remember
to change the stored water and rotate the food supplies every six
months. Consult your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription
medications, and maintain a list of your prescription needs.
Purchase bottled water, or store tap water in clean, airtight plastic
containers. Avoid containers that will decompose or break, such as glass
bottles. Plan to have one gallon of water per person per day available.
Water should be stored in a cool, dark place with the date labeled on
the container. Having some water purification tablets on hand could also
be useful in the event of an extended water service outage.
Store a three- to five-day supply of nonperishable food per person.
Foods should require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking, and
little or no water. Examples include:
Canned fruits and vegetables
Canned or boxed juices
Condiments such as sugar, salt and pepper
Hard candy, instant coffee, and sweetened cereal
High-energy food like peanut butter, jelly, low-sodium crackers, granola bars and trail mix, and vitamins
Foods for infants or individuals on special diets
Powdered milk and soup
Ready-to-eat canned meats
Bulk food items such as wheat, powdered milk, corn and soybeans can be stored for extended periods.
Assemble a first-aid kit for your home and each vehicle. Items should include:
Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
Latex gloves and sunscreen
Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
Sterile gauze roll bandages
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Other items include aspirin or other pain medication, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids and laxatives.
Tools and Supplies
Keep the following items handy for all-around use:
Cash / coins and/or traveler’s checks
Extra batteries of assorted sizes (check shelf life before purchasing)
Mess kits or paper cups
Needles and thread
Non-electric can opener and utility knife
Paper and pencil or pen
Plastic storage containers
Plates and plastic utensils
Small fire extinguisher
Whistle, plastic sheeting and local map
Keep the following items available for sanitation purpose:
Packaged toilet paper
Soap and liquid detergent
Plastic garbage bags with ties
Plastic bucket and lid
Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
Bedding - Assemble one or two complete changes of clothing per person,
sturdy shoes or work boots, rain gear, blankets or sleeping bags, hat
and gloves, thermal underwear and sunglasses.
Specialty Items to consider:
Infants and small children—formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk and medication.
prescriptions, denture needs, eyeglasses and/or contact lenses and
related supplies, personal hygiene items.
Entertainment—games, books and several quiet toys for children.
Family Documents—Wills, insurance policies, bank account numbers,
contracts, deeds, passports, stocks and bonds, immunization records,
important phone numbers, credit card accounts, Social Security cards and
other personal family records.