Adventist Community Service Disaster Response


Charlene Sargent, coordinator









Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

The following items are recommended for inclusion in your basic disaster supplies kit: Three-day supply of non-perishable food.

● Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
● Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
● Flashlight and extra batteries
● First aid kit and manual.
● Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
● Matches and waterproof container.
● Whistle.
● Extra clothing.
● Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
● Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
● Cash and coins.
● Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions and hearing aid batteries.
● Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers.
● Other items to meet your unique family needs.

If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth.  It is possible that you will not have heat.  Think about your clothing and bedding supplies.  Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

● Jacket or coat.
● Long pants.
● Long sleeve shirt.
● Sturdy shoes.
● Hat, mittens and scarf.
● Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person).

Maintain your disaster supplies kit.  Here are tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:

● Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
● Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
● Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded.
● Use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
● Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
● Change stored food and water supplies every six months.  Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
● Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
● Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack or duffel bag.