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What you should have in your kit

Published 22nd August 2016, 2:19pm


Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days

Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices / vitamins

Foods for infants or the elderly

Snack foods / high energy good such as crackers / peanut butter / jelly

Non-electric can opener / aluminum foil / zip lock bags

Cooking tools / fuel / Sterno / charcoal grill / pots and pans

Paper plates / plastic utensils / plastic cups / garbage bags

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing - rain gear / sturdy shoes

Whistle – to signal for help if needed

Two coolers – One for food storage the other for ice

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs – include hand sanitizer, sunscreen, insect repellant and lip balm, extra eye glasses, contact lens cleaner, hearing aid batteries

Special Items - for the elderly, the disabled and for babies, bottles, pacifier, diapers, formula, sterile water, clothing, bedding, toys etc)

Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes – Toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste

Flashlight / Batteries / Light sticks / Candles / Lighter or Matches

Radio - Battery operated

Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and get a car charger

Cash (with some small bills) - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

Keys – Make at least one extra set of keys for your residence and vehicle

Toys, Books and Games

Paper / Pens / Pencils

Important documents – Store in a waterproof or watertight container. Include passports, driver’s license, vehicle registration and title, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, medical and immunization records, will and power of attorney documents, bank account numbers, land and property titles, a list of important phone numbers etc. You may want to copy your computer hard drive to a portable disk or thumb drive as well and store this in your container.

Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

Pet care items

Immunization records / medications

Ample supply of food and water / water and food bowls

A carrier or cage / trash bags for handling waste / newspaper

Muzzle (if needed) collar and leash / cat litter / scoop


Basic Tool Kit –include hammer, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers

Tarps – or roll of plastic sheeting

Duct Tape

Work Gloves and rubber gloves

Unscented bleach to clean up and disinfect water

Plastic Garbage Bags

Garbage can or bucket with tight fitting lid for carrying water or using as an emergency toilet