General Supplies & Papers


You will need the following supplies when you leave your home; put them all together in a duffle bag or other large container in advance:

  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Change of clothes for each household member
  • Checkbook, cash, and credit cards
  • Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
  • Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
  • Items that infants and elderly household members may require
  • Map of the area.
  • Medical equipment and devices, such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc
  • Prescription medications in their original bottle, plus copies of the prescriptions
  • Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Water (at least 1 gallon per person is recommended; more is better)


Important papers to take with you:

  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Insurance policies
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Social Security card
  • Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns

If disaster is imminent do not take time to retrieve anything, seek shelter immediately!