Disaster Supplies Kit

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    The Red Cross recommends that you keep a disaster supplies kit in your home.

    If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food, water and other supplies, you can provide for your entire family.

    Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Assemble the items you may need in an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or covered trash containers.

    There are six basics you should stock for your home: 

    • Water,
    • Food,
    • First aid supplies,
    • tools/emergency supplies,
    • Clothing/Bedding,
    • and Special items.

    The Canadian Automobile Association recommends keeping emergency items in your vehicle.


    • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
    • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
    • High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
    • Vitamins
    • Foods for infants, elderly persons, or persons with special dietary needs
    • Comfort/stress foods such as cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, and tea bags


    • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
    • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
    • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
    • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
    • Triangular bandages (3)
    • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
    • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Needle
    • Moistened towelettes
    • Antiseptic
    • Thermometer
    • Tongue blades (2)
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    • Assorted sizes of safety pins
    • Cleansing agent/soap
    • Latex gloves (2 pair)
    • Sunscreen


    • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils*
    • Emergency preparedness manual*
    • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
    • Flashlight and extra batteries*
    • Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
    • Nonelectric can opener, utility knife*
    • Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
    • Tube tent
    • Pliers
    • Tape
    • Compass
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Aluminum foil
    • Plastic storage containers
    • Signal flare
    • Paper, pencil
    • Needles, thread
    • Medicine dropper
    • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
    • Whistle
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Map of the area (for locating shelters)


    • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
    • Blankets/sleeping bags
    • Sunglasses
    • Sturdy shoes/workboots
    • Rain gear
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