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Disaster Supplies Checklists

The following list is to help you determine what to include in your disaster supplies kit that will meet your family’s needs.

First Aid Supplies
  • Adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • 5” x 9” sterile dressing
  • Conforming roller gauze bandage
  • Triangular bandages
  • 3” x 3” sterile gauze pads
  • 4” x 4” sterile gauze pads
  • Roll 3” cohesive bandage
  • Germicidal hand wipes or waterless, alcohol-
  • based hand sanitizer
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Pairs large, medical grade,
  • non-latex gloves
  • Tongue depressor blades
  • Adhesive tape, 2” width
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Scissors (small, personal)
  • Tweezers
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cotton balls
  • Thermometer
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other
  • lubricant
  • Sunscreen
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
  • First aid manual
Non-Prescription and Prescription Medicine Kit Supplies
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative
  • Vitamins
  • Prescriptions
  • Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses
Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies
  • Washcloth and towel
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags and ties for personal sanitation uses and toilet paper
  • Towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer Medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Tooth paste, toothbrushes Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
  • Shampoo, comb, and brush
  • A small shovel for digging a latrine
  • Deodorants, sunscreen Toilet paper
  • Razor, shaving cream
  • Lip balm, insect repellent
  • Contact lens solutions
  • Mirror
  • Feminine supplies
Equipment and Tools
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • NOAA Weather Radio, if appropriate for your area
  • Mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • All-purpose knife
  • Signal fl are Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water
  • Matches in a waterproof container (or waterproof matches)
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Shut-off wrench, pliers, shovel, and other tools
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Duct tape and scissors Resealable plastic bags
  • Plastic sheeting Small cooking stove and a can of cooking fuel (if food must be cooked)
  • Whistle
  • Small canister, ABC-type fi re extinguisher
  • Comfort Items
  • Tube tent Games
  • Compass Cards
  • Work gloves Books
  • Paper, pens, and pencils Toys for kids
  • Needles and thread Foods
  • Battery-operated travel alarm clock
Food and Water
  • Water
  • Ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned or boxed juices, milk, and soup
  • High-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, low-sodium crackers, granola bars, and trail mix.
  • Vitamins
  • Special foods for infants or persons on special diets
  • Cookies, hard candy
  • Instant coffee
  • Cereals
  • Powdered milk
  • Clothes and Bedding Supplies
  • Complete change of clothes
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Rain gear
  • Hat and gloves
  • Extra socks
  • Extra underwear
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Blankets/sleeping bags and pillows
Documents and Keys
Make sure you keep these items in a watertight container
  • Personal identification
  • Cash and coins
  • Credit cards
  • Extra set of house keys and car keys
  • Emergency contact list and phone numbers
  • Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go
Copies of the following
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security cards
  • Passports
  • Wills
  • Deeds
  • Inventory of household goods
  • Insurance papers
  • Immunization records
  • Bank and credit card account numbers
  • Stocks and bonds

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Sweetwater - Nolan Country Health Department - 301 East 12th St. - Sweetwater, Texas 79556
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