Boone County Emergency Management Agency

Disaster Supply Kit

One way to prepare ahead of time for a disaster is to assemble a family disaster supplies kit. This list should contain six basics – water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and special items. Keep items you would most likely need during an evacuation or disaster in an easy to carry container such as a large covered trash can, a camping backpack or a duffel bag. The following is a list of suggest supplies for the kit:


Store at least one gallon of water per person per day (three days minimum). Also keep a supply of water purifying agents in the kit.


Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, cooking or preparation. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight and don’t forget to pack a can opener. Include a selection of these foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:



You should have at least two first aid kits, one for your home and one for each vehicle. A basic emergency first aid kit should include:

Other items to include are a thermometer, safety pins and latex gloves. Non-prescription drugs such as aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers, antacids and rubbing alcohol are also good items to include.


Disaster Supplies  



Tools and supplies should include sanitation items, personal hygiene items, and soap or liquid detergent. Other items to consider packing are:


  Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person as well as:


Remember those with special needs, such as infants, elderly or disabled individuals.

Important documents should be copied and packed in a waterproof portable container. These papers should include:

Store your kit in a convenient and secure place known to all.  Keep the contents in air-tight plastic bags placed in a duffle bag or plastic tote. Stored water and food should be rotated every six months. Reevaluate your kit and needs at least once a year and replace batteries, update clothing, etc.


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