Severe Weather Readiness Part 2: Emergency Supply Lists

Emergency Supply Checklist

In Part 1 of our Storm Preparedness series, we discussed developing an Communication Plan. In Part 2, Emergency Supplies Checklist, we will outline the supplies you need if a disaster strikes in your community. You might not have access to food, clean water, or electricity for several days or more.

Don’t wait till when disaster strikes to gather your supplies. Prepare in advance for peace of mind by packing an emergency supply kit for your household.

Items to include:

Food and Water

Water – one gallon per person, per day for at least three days

Food – foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk for at least 3 days. Be sure to include formula and baby food if necessary

Manual can opener

Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals

Medication and Personal Care Supplies

Prescription Medication – three day supply minimum

Medical supplies like syringes, diabetic testing strips, a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries, etc


Toothbrush and toothpaste

Diapers and baby wipes

Contact lenses or glasses

Safety Supplies

First aid kit

Emergency blanket

Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)

Whistle or air horn



Flashlight with extra batteries

Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation. Look for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) approved radios.

Cell phone with chargers


Map, cash, keys, and copies of important documents – insurance policies, birth certificates, Social Security Cards, driver’s licenses, immunization records, medical records

Your completed family emergency plan, complete with family and emergency contact information


Games and activities for children

For Pets

A 3-day supply of food and water for each pet – A cat or a dog will generally need 1 gallon for three days.

Bowls or bottles

Depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach

Pet medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container

First aid kit with a pet first aid book

A sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pets safely.

Pet toys and the pet’s bed if possible

Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them, and to prove that they are your pets, in case you become separated from them

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

Remember, every family is unique and your needs may vary from what we have listed. Store your items in waterproof containers that are easy to carry. Documents should be stored in waterproof bags. You should inventory items at least once per quarter and replace items when/if they’re used.