Step 3: Prepare Disaster Supplies

Everyone should have emergency suuplies stored at home and a grab and go bag. Keep an emergency kit in your home, another in your car, and a third kit at work. 

Keep them where you spend most of your time, so they can be reached even if your building is damaged or if you need to quickly evacuate out of a tsunami hazard zone. 

Emergency Food Supplies

Use this as a guide for assembling food supplies for your home. 

Photo of food supplies for a family of four adults

This list addresses the approximate needs for four adults for seven days. If you live in a rural area, plan for longer and gather additional items. It could take two or more weeks for outside assistance to reach you. Consider special items needed for your family members and pets. 

The foods in each category should be determined by family preferences and needs. Here is an example of what food items you could assemble for your emergency food supply:  

  • Twenty-eight gallons of water
  • 4 ½ lb. ready-to-eat cereals (make smart choices)
  • 3 boxes of non-fat dry milk powder (each box making 8 qts. milk)
  • 7 qts. canned 100% juice (varied-orange, pineapple, tomato, V-8)
  • 2 – 16-oz. jars nut butter
  • 4 – 6-oz. cans tuna in water
  • 2 - 16-oz. cans salmon
  • 15 – 16-oz. cans of varied beans (3 black, 3 kidney, 3 garbanzo, 2 reduced fat refried, 4 baked beans
  • 24 oz. canned meat (chicken, beef, corned beef, light SPAM)
  • 10 lbs. canned fruits (1 lb. cans-varied-applesauce, peaches, pears, apricots, pineapple, mixed)
  • 14 lbs. canned vegetables-preferred reduced salt (1 lb. cans-tomatoes (varied), peas, green beans, corn, spinach)
  • 2 - 8-oz. jars jam or jelly
  • 2 loaves bread (preferably whole grain)
  • 3 packages whole wheat or corn tortillas
  • 4 – 10 oz. boxes crackers (varied-some whole grain-Triscuit, graham, etc.)
  • 2 bags rice cakes (family-preferred flavor)
  • 1 small jar mayonnaise (or individual packets of mayonnaise to equal 8 oz.)
  • 2 – 15-oz. cans salsa
  • Small can Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. nuts- family choice
  • 1 ½ lb. raisins or other dried fruit
  • 1 jar cheese spread
  • 6 – 1-lb. cans pudding
  • 16-oz. low fat Italian salad dressing
  • Salt, pepper, mustard, catsup, dried onion and parsley, other seasonings, as desired
  • 12 oz. canola oil
  • Instant coffee (enough to make 56 cups of coffee)
  • Hard candy, sugarless gum, cocoa, sugar

Download this food supply list 

Source: Joyce M. Houston, M.A., R.D., Supervising Public Health Nutritionist, Humboldt County DHHS-Public Health Branch. May 2008.

Grab & Go Bag Supply Kit

Pack essential items in backpacks or small duffelbags for everyone in your house. Place where you can easily grab it if you must leave your home/school/office quickly. Include documents like utility bills as proof of residence and photographs of family members and pets. 

Safety Gear
  • Emergency blanket
  • Flashlight/extra batteries
  • Multi-tool (ex. Leatherman)
  • Face masks
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Duct Tape
  • Large garbage and Ziplock bags
  • Whistle
  • Phone charging cable and portable power bank
  • Portable radio/batteries/radio app
  • Emergency contact list
  • Pen/paper/Sharpie pen
Food + Water
  • Water/Water bottle
  • Food (protein/granola bars, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit, beef jerky)
  • Water purification tablets\Portable water filter

Comfort Items: Deck of cards, chocolate, toys, etc.

Health + Personal Care
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Spare eyeglasses/contacts & solution
  • Soap/Hand sanitizer/Wipes
  • Toilet paper
Important Documents
  • Emergency Plan/Out of Area Contact
  • Cash
  • Thumb drive with important documents
  • Hard copy of Utility Bill as proof of residency (for shelters/aid)
  • Photographs of each family member and pets

CONSIDER Special Provisions you need for you and your family including elderly, disabled, small children, and pets. MAINTAIN Your Kit: Replace expired items. Review your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

 Ready to assemble your bag?

Download the Grab & Go List here

Items to include in your grab & go bag for each member of the family

Grab and Go Kit Poster PDF