Home disaster kit

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  • Watch the latest warnings and advisories on CBS 17 and CBS17.com.
  • Have a family plan in place and stay together at all times. Go to a predetermined interior room away from windows.
  • Fill sinks, bathtubs, and buckets full of water for sanitary use. If the power goes out, you may lose your water supply.
    Remember, one gallon per person, per day.
  • Fill a cooler with ice to store food in case the power goes out.
  • Bring in outdoor lawn furniture, toys, garden tools and tie down objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Make sure all of your portable electronics; smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, laptop, are fully charged. Consider
    buying a battery operated charger to use if the power goes out.
  • Have plenty of toys and books to keep children entertained.
  • Let someone know you are staying home during the storm.
  • Do not go out in the brief calm, as strong winds can pick up sooner than you expect.

Home Disaster Kit:

Water & Food

  • At least one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3-5 days
  • At least a 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food


  • Ready-to-eat canned meat, fruits, vegetables
  • Canned juices, powdered milk, soup
  • Non-perishable high-energy food: nuts, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars
  • Food for infants and elderly persons

Tools & Supplies

  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Hand-crank or battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • Extra cash or travelers cheques, loose change
  • Manual can opener, utility knife
  • Map of area (for locating shelters or evacuation routes)
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera (damage photos)
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys


  • Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent, feminine supplies
  • Personal items, plastic garbage bags and disinfectants

Clothing & Bedding

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Hats, work gloves, sunglasses
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Baby Items

  • Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, and medications

Special Items for Adults

  • Prescription and non-prescription medication that are regularly used, denture needs, contact lenses, eye glasses, hearing aid batteries

Important Records

  • Keep copies in a waterproof, portable container
  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, Social Security cards, immunization records
  • Bank accounts and credit card numbers
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

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