American Red Cross Family Disaster Supplies Kit
These contents can be assembled over a five month period on a weekly basis and
perishable items should be changed or replaced every six months.

For more information on assembling and refreshing supplies, contact the American Red Cross for their Disaster Supplies kit brochure.

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Battery-operated radio
Extra batteries
Do not include candles, which cause more fires after a disaster than anything else


3 gallons/person, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container
Additional water for sanitation
Minimum 3-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration
or preparation and little or no water.
Dry cereal Peanut butter
Canned fruits Canned vegetables
Canned juice Ready-to-eat canned meats
Ready-to-eat soups (not concentrated) Quick energy snacks, graham crackers

First Aid Kit:
(one for your home and one for each car)
Scissors Sunscreen
Thermometer Tweezers
Needle Cleansing agent/soap
Latex gloves (2 pairs) Tongue blades (2)
Moistened towelettes Assorted sizes of safety pins
2" sterile gauze pads (4-6) 4" sterile gauze pads (4-6)
2" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls) 3" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Triangular bandages (3)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

Non-Prescription Drugs:
Laxative Anti-diarrhea medication
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever Antacid (for stomach upset)
Activated Charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Tools and Supplies:
Whistle Aluminum foil
Crowbar Compass
Paper, pencil Plastic sheeting
Medicine dropper Needles, thread
Signal flare Matches in a waterproof container
Assorted nails, wood screws Pliers, screwdriver, hammer
Plastic storage containers Heavy cotton or hemp rope
Cash or traveler's checks, change Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Non-electric can opener, utility knife
Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
Tape, duct and plumber's tape or strap iron
Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water

Disinfectant Household chlorine bleach
Soap, liquid detergent Personal hygiene items
Feminine supplies Plastic bucket with tight lid
Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels
Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)

Clothing and Bedding:
Sunglasses Rain gear
Hat and gloves Sturdy shoes or work boots
Blankets or sleeping bags Thermal underwear
One complete change of clothing and footwear per person

For Baby:
Formula Diapers
Bottles Medication
Powdered milk

For Pets:
Food Leash, harness or carrier
Records of vaccinations Non-tippable food and water containers

Important Family Documents:
Important telephone numbers
Record of bank account numbers
Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Inventory of valuable household goods
Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
Record of credit card account numbers and companies
Copy of passports, social security cards, immunization records

Family Medical Needs:
Insulin Prescription drugs
Denture needs Extra eye glasses
Contact lenses and supplies Heart and high blood pressure medication

Games and books



Content was contributed by the American Red Cross.


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