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Gather Emergency Supplies & Create a Plan

Gather Supplies  |  Create a Plan

Gather Emergency Supplies

Food and Water

  • Three-day Water Supply: one gallon per person per day
  • Water should be stored in sealed, unbreakable containers.
  • Rotate the water supply every six months.
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Powdered milk
  • High energy foods – peanut butter, granola bars
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Baby food and formula

Clothing & Bedding

  • A complete change of clothing
  • Outer wear/rain gear/hats/gloves
  • Sturdy shoes/boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags


  • Can opener (non-electric)
  • A battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Supply of extra batteries
  • Paper plates, cups, plastic utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Detergent

First Aid Supplies

  • Bandages
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Scissors, tweezers, needles, safety pins
  • Thermometer
  • OTC Medications — aspirin, allergy/cold medication
  • Anti-bacterial towelettes, hand gel, soap

Personal Information and Supplies

  • Medical information
  • Identification documents
  • Insurance, bank and credit card information
  • Cash — small denominations
  • An extra set of car keys

Special Items

  • Prescription medications
  • Extra eyeglasses
  • Diapers, as appropriate
  • Feminine hygiene products


  • Food & Water
  • Medical records & photo in a water tight bag
  • Medications
  • Leash, blanket, toys, ID tags
  • Crate, cage or carrier for each pet if there is a need to evacuate
  • Garbage bags for waste cleanup

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Create a Household Emergency Plan

  • Meet with household members to discuss emergencies such as fire, severe weather, chemical hazards
  • Learn how to respond to different hazards
  • Plan two escape routes
  • Identify safe locations in your home for each hazard
  • Discuss what to do for power outages
  • Discuss what to do for personal injuries
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near the telephones
  • Teach children when to call 9-1-1
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information
  • Select contacts if household members are separated during an emergency (contacts should include one out-of-state person and one local person)
  • Pick two emergency meeting places
        • a place near your home in case of a fire.
        • a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster

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