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FAMILY DISASTER KIT CHECKLIST

WATER:
____ Store one gallon of water per person per day           
         (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation/sanitation)
____ Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household

FOOD:
____ Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
____ Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
____ Staples--sugar, salt, pepper
____ High energy foods--peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
____ Vitamins
____ Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets
____ Comfort/stress foods--cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops
____ Instant coffee, tea bags

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

NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:
____ Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
____ Anti-diarrhea medication
____ Antacid (for stomach upset)
____ Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
____ Laxative
____ Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Ctr)

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

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

CLOTHING AND BEDDING:
____ Sturdy shoes or work boots
____ Hat and gloves
____ Thermal underwear
____ Rain gear
____ Blankets or sleeping bags
____ Sunglasses

SPECIAL ITEMS: (For Baby)
____ Formula
____ Diapers
____ Bottles
____ Powdered milk
____ Medications

SPECIAL ITEMS: (For Adults)
____ Heart and high blood pressure medication
____ Insulin
____ Prescription drugs
____ Denture needs
____ Contact lenses and supplies
____ Extra eye glasses
____ Entertainment--games & books
____ Important Family Documents: (Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.)
- Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks & bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers and companies
- Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone #s
- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

SUGGESTIONS AND REMINDERS:
- Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members.
- Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
- Keep items in air-tight plastic bags.
- Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
- Rotate your stored food every six months.
- Review your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
- Create a list of "can't live without" items that you would want to grab in a moments notice if you
have to evacuate in a hurry. Each member of the family should be allowed a few item
(keepsakes, photo albums, etc.) that will fit in the car with you.

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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