Avoid milk cartons, glass bottles and any containers that might decompose or break.
Keep at least a 3-day supply of water / person
2 quarts for drinking
2 quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation
A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water / day - (Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.)
3 or more days supply of non-perishable food that requires little refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
BBQ grill and charcoal (for meat that will defrost and go bad)
Portable gas can
Emergency battery powered backup electric outlet
Toilet paper or disposable wet wipes
Small bottle of liquid laundry detergent*
Personal hygiene items
Garbage bags with ties (for personal sanitation uses)
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Clothing at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
Blankets or sleeping bags*
Solar protection 50+ body and face
Diapers, wipes and creme
Heart and high blood pressure medication
Contact lenses and supplies
Extra eye glasses
current identification tag on your pet’s collar
photograph of your pet
the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
pet carriers, leashes, or harnesses.
Call hotels in a safe/host location
ask if you can bring your pets
ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster.
Most emergency shelters do not admit pets.
Arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together (call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location).
Week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.).
Possessions and Documents
Take in outdoor items that can be lifted up and thrown by high winds into a home, building, or person
Turn off propane tanks and unplug entertainment equipment and small appliances
IMMEDIATELY fill car with gas and get reserve gasoline
Keep records online AND in a waterproof, portable container:
Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
Passports, social security cards, immunization records
Bank account numbers
Credit card account numbers and companies
Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Get updates on Noaa Weather Radio
Stay out of buildings that have water around them
Inspect home and take photos of any damaged edifice or contents
Avoid drinking or cooking with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated