This information is adapted from information prepared by the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency “Disaster Supplies Kit,” as well as from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and ABAG.
Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your car, including–
- Water for 3-7 days (at least 3 liters per person per day)
- Essential medications and prescriptions
- Walking shoes
- Comfortable clothes
- Pencil and paper
- First aid supplies
- Phone card
- Emergency contacts and phone numbers
- Personal care and hygiene items
- Battery-powered radio
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
Prepare a disaster supplies kit for home, including–
- First aid kit and essential medications.
- Canned food and can opener.
- At least three gallons of water per person.
- Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
- Special items for infant, elderly, disabled family members, or pets. (Pet carriers are useful if you have to evacuate.)
- Written instructions for how to turn off gas, electricity, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)
- Keeping essentials, such as a flashlight and sturdy shoes, by your bedside.
- A crowbar is also useful near your bed to exit in case doors jam.
For information on how to store water and food, see the Centers for Disease Control.