♦ A tent for the family.
♦ Sleeping bags and pillows.
♦ Extra changes of clothing.
♦ Heavy work gloves.
♦ Face masks or bandannas.
♦ A bucket or two and some kitchen sized garbage bags can serve as a toilet.
♦ Toilet paper.
♦ Baby wipes in the tub, and extra refill packages.
Supplies for your Pets
Keep an extra set of bowls, one for food and one for water.
Keep an extra leash for your dog(s) but also for your cat(s).
Train your cats to be in a harness or on a leash.
Pets can stress out in a Disaster or Emergency situation.
They can become scared and run away.
Having a crate is a wonderful security for them, however they will need to get out
and walk around and "hang out" with the family.
Do not let them loose.
Have an old blanket or sheet, something for your pet's bed.
Keep Your Supplies Together
♦ For your Home Family Disaster Supplies, keep them together in a large tub or bin.
Keep them somewhere you can easily reach them.
If they are scattered around the house or in the basement, and you cannot enter your house,
your supplies are not helpful.
Keep them in a shed outside or close to the garage door.
You want them assessable when you need them.
♦ Also keep a Disaster or Emergency Kit and First Aid Kit in your car.
If a Disaster happens while you are out, and not able to travel,
your kit(s) and supplies will help you Shelter in Place, until help arrives or you can travel.
If you leave your car, do so in daylight only.
Leave a note in your car to let local law enforcement know where you are going, and if possible, by what route.
Make sure to have some sturdy walking shoes.
♦ Have a kit(s) at work, close to your desk or work space.
You may not be able to get to your car for your supplies.
Your employer may not be Disaster Ready.
(Make sure to Discuss your Disaster Plan with your company. Help get them Disaster Ready!)
♦ Keep a kit(s) at school in your locker.
If you have school age children, discuss the Disaster Plan the school has.
Find out what will be done should a Disaster or Emergency take place during school hours,
when you may not be able to get to your children.
What Else do I put in my Disaster Supplies or
♦ When something happens, we need to be prepared to be on our own
for 3 to 5 to 7 days if not longer.
Once you have met your Immediate Disaster Related Needs,
you can think about adding to your supplies.
♦ Practice your Shelter in Place plan for a Chemical emergency
and secure yourselves in the house for a day.
What other items could come in handy?
You may want to add a deck of cards, a board game, a book or coloring book
with crayons for the children.
♦ Practice your Shelter in Place plan if you had to "camp out" for a day.
In addition to the tent, you may want to add some folding chairs.
You may want to add a canopy for shade.
You might include an umbrella or rain ponchos.
♦ As you practice your plan, write down what other items would come in handy
for your ability to be self-sufficient for a period of time.
Practice your plan at least twice a year.
This will give you an idea on what you need in different seasons.
Keep your Disaster Supplies up to date and relevant.
♦ Do not use your supplies for any other purpose.
Keep them strictly for a Disaster or Emergency.
Once you have used them, make sure to replenish them.
Take inventory twice a year.
This will refresh your memory about what you have, what you want to add,
and what needs changing out, such as seasonal clothing.
♦ We are all creatures of comfort and would like to live as we normally do.
As you are putting together your list, consider if that "thing" is actually necessary.
Keep in mind how much space you have to store your Disaster Supplies.