OES Emergency Kits

Prepare A Disaster Supplies Kit

Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in a easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffel bag.


  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.

  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.

  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.

  • Blankets or sleeping bags.

  • A first aid kit and prescription medications.

  • An extra pair of glasses.

  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.

  • Credit cards and cash.

  • An extra set of car keys.

  • A list of family physicians.

  • A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.

  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.

  • Rope ladder for multi-story residences.

Prepare An Emergency Car Kit


  • Battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

  • Blanket

  • Booster cables

  • Fire extinguishers (5 lb., A-B-C type)

  • First aid kit and manual

  • Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.

  • Maps, Shovel, Flares


Don't forget Special Items

Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.


  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications


  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses
First Aid Kit

Assemble first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit should include:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape

  • Triangular bandages (3)

  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

  • Scissors

  • Needle

  • Moistened towelettes

  • Antiseptic

  • Thermometer

  • Tongue blades (2)

  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

  • Assorted sizes of safety pins

  • Cleansing agent/soap

  • Latex gloves (2 pair)

  • Sunscreen


Tools And Supplies

Learn first aid and CPR. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information and training.

Battery operated radio and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
Cash or traveler's checks, change
Non-electric can opener, utility knife
Fire extinguisher; small canister, ABC type
Tube tent
Tape, masking and duct
Matches in a waterproof container
Aluminum foil
Plastic storage container
Signal flare
Paper, pencil
Needles, thread
Medicine dropper
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
Plastic sheeting