- Water. It's recommended to have one gallon of water per day per person or pet. You should keep at least three gallons each per person or pet at home.
- Food. You should have at least three day's worth of food. Concentrate on non-perishable food that doesn't require refrigeration or much prep and water. Consider cereal, ready-to-eat canned fruits, veggies, juice, and meat, energy-rich snacks like trail mix and granola bars. Remember to have vitamins and special supplies around for anyone with special needs, such as pets, babies, and the elderly.
- Medication. Have some extra medication on hand for times when disaster strikes and you can't leave your home to refill your prescription. Remember to also store over-the-counter medication like painkillers, antihistamine, calamine lotion, alka seltzer, laxatives, anti-diarrhea medication, sterile eyewash, and contact lens (if you use them).
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- First aid kit. It should have latex gloves, gauze pads, thermometer, sterile bandages, band-aids, petroleum jelly, salve for burns, antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape, towelettes and hand sanitizers, sunscreen, and instant cold packs.
- Tools and supplies. This includes items such as candles, matches in a waterproof container, scissors, tweezers, a sewing kit, flashlight, extra batteries, small fire extinguisher, a manual can opener, a knife, a hand-crank or battery-operated radio, with batteries, and a wrench to turn off gas and water. Be sure to also have a map of the area in case you need to look for a shelter.
- Hygiene products. Toilet paper, feminine products, and toiletries.
- Kitchen supplies. Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
- Cleaning products. Garbage bags, dish soap, bleach, disinfectant.
- Clothing. Rain gear, at least one outfit, work boots or durable sneakers, and thermal underwear.
- Important documents and items. Cash, driver's license, passport, social security card, family records, bank account numbers, and list of important and emergency phone numbers. Make sure you have a copy of your will, insurance policies, and other contracts and deeds.
- Miscellaneous items. Blankets, sleeping bags, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils.