Step 3: Prepare Disaster Supply Kits

Everyone should have personal disaster supply kits. Keep one 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. 

Personal/Office Disaster Supply Kit

  • Medications, prescription list, copies of medical cards, doctors’ names and contact information 
  • Medical consent forms for dependents and copies of personal identification 
  • First aid kit and handbook 
  • Non-latex gloves, dust masks 
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution 
  • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location) 
  • Sturdy shoes, change of clothes, blanket 
  • Emergency cash ( ATMs require power and might not work) 
  • Local road maps 
  • List of emergency out-of-area contact phone numbers 
  • Bottled water, snack foods high in water and calories 
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs 
  • Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, stuffed animals 
  • Toiletries and personal care supplies 
  • Extra keys for car, home, office, safe deposit box etc. 

Illustration of a mother holding a daughters hand with lots of things behind them that would go in the grab and go pack.

Store your items in “grab-and-go” backpacks or small duffle bags so you can take them with you if you need to evacuate. You could be stranded at work or in your office; keep a change of clothes and extra medicines there as well.

Grab and Go Kit Poster PDF

Household Disaster Supply Kit

Supplies for at least seven days

Store in an easily-accessible location, preferably outdoors, in a large watertight, easily-moved container. Replace perishable items like water, food, medications and batteries on a yearly basis.

  • Water (minimum one gallon a day for each person and pet)
  • Wrenches or other special tools to turn off gas and water supplies
  • Work gloves and protective goggles
  • Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, etc. Include duct tape.
  • Portable or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
  • Additional fl ashlights or light sticks
  • Canned and packaged food
  • Charcoal or propane for outdoor cooking and matches if needed
  • Cooking utensils and a manual can opener
  • Pet food, pet carrier and restraints
  • Comfortable, warm clothing including extra socks
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags, and perhaps a tent
  • Copies of vital documents (deeds, insurance, bank accounts etc.)

Car Disaster Supply Kit

Decide what items in your personal kit are absolute necessities and add:

  • An additional 6-pack of water
  • Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump and fl ares, white distress flag or silver space blanket
  • Seasonal supplies: winter (blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, chains, windshield scraper); summer (sunscreen and hat)