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At home stock up list for an emergency

Stock Up List


We suggest that you have enough food and water in your home to meet the needs of your family for two weeks! This means you will need 14 gallons of water per person and enough food to feed each person for two weeks.

In addition to food and water, the American Red Cross recommends
that you have the following items on hand:

  • Items for infants-including formula, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, powdered milk and medications not requiring refrigeration
  • Items for seniors, disabled persons or anyone with serious allergies-including special foods, denture items, extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, prescription and non-prescription medications that are regularly used, inhalers and other essential equipment.
  • Kitchen accessories-a manual can opener; mess kits or disposable cups, plates and utensils; utility knife; sugar and salt; aluminum foil and plastic wrap; re-sealable plastic bags
  • A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra, fresh batteries
  • Several flashlights and extra, fresh batteries
  • A first aid kit
  • One complete change of clothing and footwear for each person-including sturdy work shoes or boots, rain gear and other items adjusted for the season, such as hats and gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses, dust masks
  • Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person
  • Sanitation and hygiene items-shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm, sunscreen, contact lenses and supplies and any medications regularly used, toilet paper, towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, plastic garbage bags (heavy-duty) and ties (for personal sanitation uses), medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid, disinfectant, household chlorine bleach
  • Other essential items-paper, pencil, needles, thread, small A-B-C-type fire extinguisher, medicine dropper, whistle, emergency preparedness manual
  • Entertainment-including games and books, favorite dolls and stuffed animals for small children
  • A map of the area marked with places you could go and their telephone numbers
  • An extra set of keys and ids-including keys for cars and any properties owned and copies of driver's licenses, passports and work identification badges
  • Cash and coins and copies of credit cards
  • Copies of medical prescriptions
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • A small tent, compass and shovel

Pack the items in easy-to-carry containers, label the containers clearly and store them where they would be easily accessible. Duffle bags, backpacks, and covered trash receptacles are good candidates for containers. In a disaster situation, you may need access to your disaster supplies kit quickly-whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating. Following a disaster, having the right supplies can help your household endure home confinement or evacuation.

Make sure the needs of everyone who would use the kit are covered, including infants, seniors and pets. It's good to involve whoever is going to use the kit, including children, in assembling it.

Disaster Supplies Kit Checklist for Pets

  • Food and water for at least three days for each pet, food and water bowls and a manual can opener
  • Depending on the pet, litter and litter box or newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container, a first aid kit and a pet first aid book
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets cannot escape. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours. Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets. These may require blankets or towels for bedding and warmth and other special items
  • Pet toys and the pet's bed, if you can easily take it, to reduce stress
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated, and to prove that they are yours
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

Additional Supplies for Sheltering-in-Place


In the unlikely event that chemical or radiological hazards cause officials to advise people in a specific area to "shelter-in-place" in a sealed room, households should have in the room they have selected for this purpose:

  • A roll of duct tape (10 millimeters thick) and scissors
  • Plastic sheeting pre-cut to fit shelter-in-place room openings

You may also visit the American Red Cross website for more information about what and how much you'll need to have in your home or apartment