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Disaster Supplies Kit

For a more detailed list of what should be included in your Disaster Supply Kit, please see the June 2010 Press Release (PDF 45KB) from the State of Florida Department of Health's Communications Office. 

As a general rule, there are six basics you should stock in your disaster supplies kit:

  1. Water - store in plastic containers, at least 1 gallon daily per person for at least 3 days.

  2. Food - store at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food, including:   ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; canned juices, milk, soup; staples - sugar, salt and pepper; high energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, and trail mix; vitamins; foods for infants, elderly persons, or persons on special diets; comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, and tea bags. 

  3. First aid supplies - assemble two kits: one for your home and one for your car.  A first aid kit should include sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes; (4-6) 2- and 4-inch sterile gauze pads; assorted sizes of safety pins; antiseptic/cleansing agent/soap; hypoallergenic adhesive tape; (2 pair) latex gloves; (3) triangular bandages; petroleum jelly/lubricant and sunscreen; (3 rolls) 2- and 3-inch sterile roller bandages; laxative, anti-diarrhea medication and antacid; scissors and tweezers; aspirin and pain reliever; activated charcoal and Syrup of Ipecac; (2) tongue blades; needle; moistened towelettes; and thermometer.

  4. Clothing and bedding - include at least one complete change of clothes and footwear per person; rain gear; blankets or sleeping bags, cots or air mattresses; and sunglasses.

  5. Tools and emergency supplies - paper cups, plates, plastic utensils; battery operated radio; flashlight; extra batteries; cash or traveler's checks, change; non-electric can opener, utility knife; paper pencil; medicine dropper; shut-off wrench, pliers; whistle; plastic sheeting (regular for covering furniture, etc. and heavy-duty for covering windows or holes in the roof); fire extinguisher; barbecue: charcoal and lighter, Sterno, or camp stove; pots (at least two); heavy duty aluminum foil; fuel for cooking sources; and tent.

  6. Special items - sanitation supplies including toilet paper, towelettes; feminine supplies; personal hygiene items; matches (in waterproof container); plastic bags, ties; plastic bucket with tight lid; plastic storage containers; disinfectant/soap/liquid detergent; signal flare; household chlorine bleach; compass; tape; baby items including formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk and medications; games, favorite toys and books for entertainment; contact lens supplies, denture needs, prescription drugs; important papers - photo I.D., with address; family records, including birth and death certificates and marriage licenses; medical records, and a list of prescription medicines; insurance policies, bankbooks and account numbers; warranties; stocks, bonds, and securities.

Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in a convenient place known to all family members in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered plastic container, a backpack, or a duffle bag. Keep items in air tight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Rotate your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.


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