Family Protection Program: Home Disaster Kit

The following supplies should be stocked within your home in case an emergency confines you and your family. Other emergencies may require that you evacuate your home, in which case the following supplies should be taken with you.

  • WATER--ONE GALLON PER PERSON, PER DAY
    • For cooking, washing, and sanitation
    • Store in non-breakable containers (milk jugs or plastic pop bottles)
    • Ice cubes, milk, soft drinks, fruit & vegetable juices
    • Water in the hot water tank (20-60 gallons)
    • Water in the flush tank (not the bowls) of home toilets
    • Fill bathtub A.S.A.P, then turn off intake valve to the house
    • Waterbeds can hold 400 gallons, but may contain toxins. To use as a water resource, drain yearly & refill with 2 oz. bleach per 120 gallons

  • WATER PURIFYING AGENTS TO PURIFY "SUSPICIOUS" WATER
    • Always drink uncontaminated water first.
    • Method #1--To purify water:
      • Strain water or allow to settle for 24 hours to remove dirt.
      • Boil water for 10 minutes.
      • Add oxygen to improve the taste of water by pouring it back and forth between two containers.

       
    • Method #2--To purify water:
      • Strain water or allow to settle for 24 hours to remove dirt
      • Add ONE of the following purifying agents PER GALLON of water:
      • Four water purifying tablets.
      • 2 drops of tincture of iodine.
      • 8 drops of liquid chlorine bleach.
      • If the water is cloudy, double these amounts.
  • SPECIAL DIETARY FOODS/SUPPLIES (FOR DIABETICS & BABIES)
    • Keep on hand at least a two week stock of infant supplies
    • A heating source(a camp or canned stove)
    • Never use charcoal grills indoors
    • Always remember to provide adequate ventilation when cooking
    • Stock extra fuel

  • FOOD
    • Two week supply (rotate yearly).
    • Ready-to eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables.
    • Smoked or dried meats such as beef jerky.
    • Juices: Canned, powdered, or crystallized fruit and vegetable juices.
    • Remember food for your pets.

  • COOKING AND EATING UTENSILS
    • Stock pots, pans, and disposable dinnerware, and a bottle and can opener.
       
  • SANITATION SUPPLIES
    • Limited water supply may make bathroom unusable.
    • Stock toilet paper, sanitary napkins, chlorine bleach, soap, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, and shaving supplies.
    • Emergency toilet: watertight container with lid, lined with a plastic bag.
    • Pour a little chlorine into the emergency toilet after each use.
    • Large garbage cans with lids, lined with plastic bags, for human wastes and garbage.
    • Waste and garbage should be buried 1-2 feet deep, to prevent disease.

  • BEDDING
    • Blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags.

  • CLOTHING


  • FIRST AID KIT AND MANUAL
    • Home medicine chest should be well stocked at all times.
    • Periodically check expiration dates of medications.

  • BATTERY POWERED RADIO, FLASHLIGHT, AND EXTRA BATTERIES
    • If you suspect a gas leak, do not use a flashlight. The light itself could cause an explosion.

  • FIRE EXTINGUISHER
    • A hand-pumped 5 gallon water type for use in small spaces.
    • Buckets of sand, ladder, and garden hose.

  • TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
    • Hammer, pliers, screwdriver, wrench, nails, and screws.
    • Shovel and axe.

  • CANDLES
    • Do not forget matches.

  • CITIZEN'S BAND RADIO
    • Maintain a 24 hour communications & safety watch.

  • WEATHER ALERT RADIO


  • KNOW HOW TO TURN UTILITIES OFF AND ON
    • Make sure you have the tools you need to do this.