How to build a Disaster Supplies Kit

18-NCTCOG-0006 - KnoWhat2Do Social Media Toolkit_FB_Cover Photos-05After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a several day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic Sheeting and duct tape 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for canned goods
  • Cell phone charges and backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Non-Prescription Medications such as pain relievers, antacids, etc
  • Eyeglasses and contact lens solutions
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes etc.
  • Pet food and water
  • Cash
  • Important family documents, insurance policies, bank account information.  Saved electronically or in a waterproof container.
  • Blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Paper plates, cups, paper towels and plastic utensils