Basic Disaster Supply Kit

The following items are recommended for your basic disaster supplies kit:

  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food; and of water – one gallon of water per person, per day;
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries;
  • Flashlight and extra batteries;
  • First aid kit and manual;
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper);
  • Matches and waterproof container;
  • A whistle;
  • Extra clothing;
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener;
  • Photocopies of credit cards and identification cards;
  • Cash and coins;
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries;
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers;
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Because we live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

  • Jacket or coat;
  • Long pants;
  • Long sleeve shirt;
  • Sturdy shoes;
  • Hat, mittens, and scarf;
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person).

Be sure to account for growing children and other family changes. You may want to add some of the items listed to your basic disaster supplies kit depending on the specific needs of your family. We recommend those with special needs register by clicking here, so that the township OEM can plan accordingly.

In-depth information on emergency preparedness can be accessed by clicking here.