Disaster Planning

Disasters happen anytime and anywhere.  When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond.  After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  You could get help in hours, or it may take days.  Would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives?

Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes.  One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit.  Once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. 

Gather the following supplies:
  • Water stored in plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles.  One gallon of water per person per day.  Keep a 3-day supply of water for each person in your household.
  • Food - store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food. 
    • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables
    • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
    • Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
    • High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly crackers, granola bars, trail mix
    • Vitamins
    • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets
    • Comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags
  • First Aid Kit
    • Sterile adhesive bandages - several sizes
    • 2 & 4" gauze pads
    • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
    • Triangular bandages
    • 2 & 3" sterile roller bandages
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Needle
    • Moistened towelettes
    • Antiseptic
    • Thermometer
    • Tongue blades
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    • Assorted sizes of safety pins
    • Cleansing agent/soap
    • Latex gloves
    • Sunscreen
    • Non-prescription drugs
      • Aspirin or non aspirin
      • Anti-diarrhea medication
      • Antacid
      • Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting)
      • Laxative
      • Activated charcoal
  • Tools & Supplies
    • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, utensils
    • Emergency preparedness manual
    • Battery-operated radio, extra batteries
    • Flashlight, extra batteries
    • Cash or traveler's checks, change
    • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
    • Fire extinguisher, ABC type
    • Tube tent
    • Pliers
    • Tape
    • Compass
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Aluminum foil
    • Plastic storage containers
    • Signal flare
    • Paper, pencil
    • Needles, thread
    • Medicine dropper
    • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
    • Whistle
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Map of area (for locating shelters)
    • Toilet paper, towelettes
    • Soap, liquid detergent
    • Feminine supplies
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Plastic garbage bags, ties
    • Plastic bucket with tight lid
    • Disinfectant
    • Household chlorine bleach
  • Clothing and bedding
    • Sturdy shoes or work boots
    • Rain gear
    • Blankets and sleeping bags
    • Hats and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Sunglasses
  • Special Items
    • Baby
      • Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications
    • Adults
      • Heart and high blood pressure medication, prescription drugs, insulin, denture needs, contact lenses, extra eye glasses
      • Entertainment - games and books
      • Important family documents

Remember to practice and maintain your plan.