Step Four

Disaster Supplies Kit

After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. In the event it would take hours or days would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives?

Disaster Situations

Disasters happen anytime and anywhere, possibly leaving you with little time to respond. A highway spill of hazardous materials could mean instant evacuation, while a winter storm could confine your family at home. Other emergencies could cut off basic services: gas, water, electricity, and telephones for days.


Your family will cope best by preparing for disasters before they happen. One way is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won't have much time to prepare or search for supplies. If you have gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.


There are six basics you should stock in your Disaster Supplies Kit: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools, emergency supplies, and special items. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or duffel bag.