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Disaster Supply Kit Checklist

A disaster supply kit checklist is a comprehensive list of essential items and supplies that you should gather and have readily available in case of a disaster or emergency situation. It serves as a guide for everything you need.
Disaster Supply Kit Checklist
  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day (aim for a minimum of three days' supply). Consider additional water for pets.

  • Food: Non-perishable food items such as canned goods, dried fruits, energy bars, and packaged snacks. Avoid foods that require refrigeration or cooking. Consider any special dietary needs and preferences. Don't forget a manual can opener.

  • Medications and First Aid: Prescription medications (enough for several days or weeks). Over-the-counter medications (pain relievers, fever reducers, antacids, etc.). First aid kit including bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medical supplies. Include a list of emergency contacts and medical information.

  • Lighting and Communication: Flashlights or headlamps with extra batteries. Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio for receiving emergency information. Whistle or signaling device to attract attention.

  • Shelter and Clothing: Emergency blankets or sleeping bags. Warm clothing, including jackets, hats, and gloves. Sturdy shoes or boots. Plastic sheeting and duct tape for temporary shelter or repairs.

  • Tools and Supplies: Multi-tool or pocket knife. Duct tape, rope, and basic tools for repairs. Plastic tarps or bags for waterproofing and protection. Matches or lighters in a waterproof container.

  • Important Documents: Copies of identification documents (IDs, passports, birth certificates), insurance policies and important contact information, and cash or traveler's checks.

  • Specific Items for Children, Elderly, and Pets: Baby formula, diapers, bottles, and baby food (if needed). Special dietary items or medications for elderly or individuals with specific needs. Pet food, water, medications, and supplies.

General Items

  •  Two-week minimum supply of medication regularly used medical supplies and a list of allergies
  • A list of the style, serial number, and manufacturer information of required medical devices
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Do not use candles
  • Radio battery-operated or hand-cranked
  • Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be available after a storm
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

First Aid Items

  • First Aid Manual
  • Sterile adhesive bandages of different sizes
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sewing needle
  • Antiseptic
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Tube of petroleum jelly
  • Safety pins
  • Soap
  • Latex gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Aspirin or other pain reliever

Important Documents

  • Insurance cards
  • Medical records
  • Banking information
  • Credit card numbers
  • Copies of social security cards
  • Copies of birth and/or marriage certificates
  • Other personal documents
  • Set of car, house, and office keys
  • Service animal I.D., veterinary records, and proof of ownership
  • Information about where you receive medication, the name of the drug, and dosage
  • Copy of Will
  • Items should be kept in a water proof container***

Phone Numbers

  • Maintain a list of important phone numbers including: County emergency management office, evacuation sites, doctors, banks, schools, veterinarian, a number for out-of-town contacts, friends and family.


  •  Rain gear such as jackets, hats, umbrellas, and rain boots
  • Sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves

Food and Water

  • Food
    Nonperishable packaged or canned food and beverages, snack foods, juices, baby food, and any special dietary items to last at least seven days.
  • Water
    1 gallon per person per day
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Plastic cups
  •  Utensils

Special Need Items

  • Specialty items for infants, small children, the elderly, and family members with disabilities


  • Keep your motor vehicle tanks filled with gasoline

Pet Care Items

  •  Pet food and water to last at least seven days
  • Proper identification
  • Medical records/microchip information
  • A carrier or cage
  • Muzzle and leash
  • Water and food bowls
  • Medications
  • Supplies for your service animal


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