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Disaster Supply Kit

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Having a disaster supply kit is essential to making it through a disaster safely. Make sure to have supplies on hand to last each person at least three days. Download a printable Emergency Supplies List from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to help you get ready for emergencies.

Put these essential items in your kit:

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of food that does not need electricity for storage or for preparation
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Water, at least three gallons per person for drinking and sanitation
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio, a weather alerting radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Written family emergency plan

Once you have the essentials you should add these items to your kit:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Prescription medications and eyewear
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter where you are
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit:

  • Items for infants and toddlers
  • Items for pets
  • Local maps
  • Copies of important family documents, such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash in small denominations or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person (consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate)
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and sturdy shoes (consider additional layers if you live in a cold-weather climate)
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted in water, bleach can be used to kill germs)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children