Family Emergency Supply List

Water, food and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. Your kit should also be customized to include important family documents.

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
  • Water - one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation purposes 
  • Non-perishable food at least a three-day supply
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener if kit contains canned food
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Important Family Documents
  • Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers
  • Cell phone and chargers

Below are some other items your family might want to consider adding to its supply kit. Some of these items, especially those marked with an asterisk (*) may be dangerous and should be kept out of the reach of children, so please have an adult to supervise the collection of these supplies.

  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or printout of the information on
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • Paper towels
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container *
  • Signal flare *
  • Paper, pencil
  • Personal hygiene items, including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant *
  • Household chlorine bleach * -- You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency, you can use bleach to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Medicine dropper
  • Pet food and necessities -- Also, make sure pets are collared with I.D. tag including owner's name and address, in case they should become separated from you.
  • Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.