In an emergency, you may need a supply kit at home or to take with you in an evacuation. Prepare your kit and keep it handy. Make sure everyone at home knows where it is. Replace food, water, medical supplies, and batteries as needed.

The Basics

  • Water
    One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation (bottled water or tap water in clean air-tight containers).
  • Food
    At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Supplies with long shelf life, like canned, dried, and packaged foods that do not require cooking. Include:
    • Comfort foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereal, instant coffee/tea bags
    • Crackers
    • Fruits
    • Granola bars
    • Juices
    • Meats
    • Milk
    • Peanut butter/jelly
    • Salt/pepper
    • Soup
    • Sugar
    • Trail mix
    • Vegetables
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • ABC fire extinguisher
    Contact your local Fire Department for training
  • Baby supplies
    • Formula
    • Diapers
    • Baby food
  • Can opener
    (if kit contains canned food)
  • Dust mask or, if sheltering in place, plastic sheeting and duct tape to help filter contaminated air
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Camping-type supplies
    • Aluminum foil
    • Compass
    • Duct tape
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Medicine dropper
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Sewing kit
    • Signal flare
    • Tent
    • Whistle
  • Extra car keys
  • Glasses
  • Medicines
    Have a 2- to 3-day supply of your prescription medicines. Put them in child-proof bottles, and label them with your name and expiration date. You might ask your doctor for extra medicine for your emergency kit. Check the expiration dates every 6 months.
    • Non-prescription drugs
      • Antacid
        Anti-diarrhea medication
        Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, and utensils
  • Sanitation
    • ​​​​​​​Disinfectant
    • Feminine supplies
    • Household chlorine bleach
    • Liquid detergent
    • Plastic bucket with a tight lid
    • Plastic garbage bags/ties
    • Soap
    • Toilet paper
    • Towelettes
  • Standard first-aid kit
    • ​​​​​​​2- and 3-inch sterile roller bandages
    • 2- and 4-inch gauze pads
    • Antiseptic
    • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
    • Latex gloves
    • Moistened towelettes
    • Needles
    • Safety pins
    • Scissors
    • Soap
    • Sterile adhesive bandages
    • Sunscreen
    • Thermometer
    • Tongue depressor
    • Triangular bandages
    • Tube petroleum jelly
    • Tweezers
  • Tools​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rope, pliers, and tool kit (include a gas shut-off wrench)

Comfort & Convenience

  • Change of clothing and sturdy shoes or work boots for each person, thermal underwear, rain gear, sunglasses, hat/gloves
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Dust masks
  • Electronic charging cables
  • Extra eyeglasses, contact lenses/supplies, denture needs, hearing aids and batteries
  • Food for elderly person or special diets
  • Hand sanitizer and lotion
  • Important family documents (keep records in a waterproof/portable container)
    • Contracts
    • Deeds
    • Immunization records
    • Insurance policies
    • Passports
    • Social security cards
    • Stocks/bonds
    • Will
  • Out-of-town contact list
  • Paper, pencils, books, and games
  • Pet food (shelters do not allow pets)
  • Recent family photos for identification purposes-make sure faces can be seen
  • Sheets, blankets, sleeping bags
  • Utility knife
This webpage was printed on May 27, 2024. For the most current election-related information, visit the Jasper County, Iowa, EMA website at .
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