Family Emergency Supplies Kit:
Your Kit Should Include:
Hazards can strike quickly and without warning. Act now to prepare for at least the 5
days following a major disaster. The following items should be included in your disaster
safety kit. We recommend:
Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry
container, such as a trashcan, camping backpack or duffel bag. Store your kit in a
convenient place and keep a smaller version in your car. Keep items in airtight plastic
bags. Change your stored water and rotate stored food every six months. Check your
supplies and re-think your needs every year. Also, ask your physician or pharmacist
about storing prescription medication.
Portable Radio with Fresh Batteries
Your radio will be your most useful information source. This includes both your AM/FM
and Weather Alert Radios. Have enough batteries to last several days. Electricity may
not be available for days or weeks, if you choose to stay. Don't wait until the last minute
to buy fresh spare batteries. There will be a high demand and short supply of vital
supplies shortly after a hurricane watch is issued.
Flashlights, Lanterns and Matches
Store matches in a waterproof container. Have lantern fuel in a safe container and
location adequate to last for several days, if you plan to stay. We do not recommend
candles. Keep fire safety in mind. If you had a fire, emergency response could be
difficult or impossible!
Full Tank of Gasoline
Never let your vehicle's gas tank be less than half-full during hurricane season. Fill up as
soon as a hurricane watch is issued. Adequate fuel will be needed in the event of an
evacuation. Remember, when electrical power fails, gas pumps will not work!
Canned Goods and Non-Perishable Foods
Store packaged foods that can be prepared without cooking and need no refrigeration.
Don't forget a manual can opener!
Containers for Drinking Water
Have clean, airtight containers to store sufficient drinking water for several days. The
local water supply will probably be interrupted or contaminated.
Clothing and bedding
One complete change of clothing for each person, sturdy shoes or work boots, rain gear,
blankets or sleeping bags, hat and gloves, thermal underwear and sunglasses.
Assemble a first-aid kit for your home and each vehicle. Items should include, sterile
adhesive bandages in assorted sizes; gauze pads; hypoallergenic adhesive tape;
triangular bandages, sterile roller bandages; scissors; tweezers; needle; moistened
towelettes; antiseptic; thermometer; safety pins; cleansing soap; latex gloves; and
sunscreen. Also, aspirin and anti-diarrhea medication.