Family supplies to stock up on

Experts suggest having three emergency kits: one at home, a small one at work and a few basic supplies in the car. Pick up a few items on the list every time you go shopping.

Food and water

n One gallon of water per person per day (Store a week’s supply. Do not use milk jugs; 2-liter soda bottles can be used if they are thoroughly cleaned and filled to the top.)

n A backcountry water-filtering device or a bottle of unscented liquid chlorine bleach to purify water (16 drops per gallon or eight drops per 2-liter bottle right before you use it, NOT before you store it)

n Nonperishable food

n Can opener

n Pet food

First aid and hygiene

n First aid handbook

n Bandages in a variety of sizes, gauze, bandaging tape, surgical gloves

n Portable supply of prescription drugs and special supplies, such as oxygen or hearing-aid batteries

n Moist towelettes

n Toilet paper

n Baby and feminine hygiene items

Shelter and clothing

n Camp stove and fuel

n Sleeping bags, blankets

n Sturdy shoes, hat

n Boy Scout Handbook for “how-to” instructions


n Flashlight, batteries

n Battery-operated radio

n Pocketknife

n Crowbar, handsaw, sledgehammer

n Work gloves, goggles, dust masks

n Plastic sheeting or tarps

n Duct tape, rope

n Fire extinguisher with ABC rating

n Candles, matches

n A loud whistle to signal for help

n Photocopies of credit cards, driver licenses, birth certificates, bank information and account numbers, other official identification


n Store the items in plastic boxes that are waterproof and pest-proof. Stash emergency supplies somewhere you can easily grab them on your way out.

n Replenish kits annually. Restock as family’s needs change.