Disaster Preparedness for Families and 
People with Disabilities

There are six basics you should stock for your home:  1) water, 2) food, 3) first aid supplies, 4) clothing and bedding, 5) tools and emergency supplies, and 6) special items.


  Store water in plastic containers, such as large soft drink bottles.  Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.  A person who is generally active needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day.  Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount.  Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need to drink even more.
  Store three gallons of water per person (one gallon for each day and for each person).  Keep at least a three-day supply of water (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation) for each person in the household.



  Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food.  Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking and little or no water.  If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno and matches.  Select food items that are compact and lightweight.  Include a selection of the following foods in your disaster supplies kit:   Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.  A first aid kit should include the following:
_____Ready-to-eat canned meats _____Sterile, adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
_____Canned fruits, dried fruits, and nuts _____Assorted sizes of safety pins
_____Canned vegetables _____Cleansing agent/soap
_____Latex gloves (2 pairs)
Nonprescription Drugs _____2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
_____Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever _____4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
_____Antidiarrheal medication _____Triangular bandages (3)
_____Antacid (for stomach upset) _____2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
_____Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center) _____3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
_____Laxative _____Scissors
_____Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center _____Adhesive tape
Sanitation _____Antiseptic
_____Toilet paper, towelettes _____Rubbing Alcohol
_____Soap, liquid detergent _____Thermomet
_____Feminine hygiene supplies _____Tongue blades (2)
_____Personal hygiene items _____Tube of petroleum jelly of other lubricant
_____Plastic garbage bags, ties ( for personal sanitation uses) _____Extra eye glasses
_____Plastic bucket with tight lid _____Tweezers
_____Disinfectant _____Heavy cotton of hemp rope
_____Household chlorine bleach _____Patch kit and can of seal-in-air
_____Facial tissues _____Videocassettes
_____Disposable dust masks
CLOTHING & BEDDING _____Plastic sheeting
_____One complete change of clothing and footwear per person _____Map of the area (for locating shelters)
_____Sturdy shoes or work boots
_____Rain gear For Baby
_____Blankets or sleeping bags _____Formula
_____Hat and gloves _____Diapers/wipes
_____Thermal underwear _____Bottles
_____Sunglasses _____Powdered formula, milk or baby food
_____Mess kits or paper cups; plates and plastic utensils Important Family Documents
_____Cash or traveler's checks, coins _____Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
_____Non-electric can opener, utility knife _____Copy of passports, Social Security cards, immunization records
_____Pliers, screwdriver, hammer, crowbar, assorted nails, wood screws _____Record of credit card accounts
_____Shutoff wrench, to turn off household gas and water _____Record of bank account numbers, names, and phone numbers
_____Tape, such as duct tape _____Inventory of valuable household goods, important phone numbers
_____Compass _____Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
_____Matches in a waterproof container _____Copy of Supplemental Security Income award letter
_____Aluminum foil
_____Plastic storage containers Medical Needs
_____Signal flare _____Heart and high blood pressure medication
_____Paper, pencil _____Insulin
_____Needles, thread _____Prescription drugs
_____Medicine dropper _____Denture supplies
_____Adhesive labels _____Contact lenses and supplies
_____Safety goggles
_____Heavy work gloves
_____Whistle Service Animal and Pet Supplies
Items for Service Animals/Pets _____Extra water
_____Food _____Leash/harness
_____Additional water _____Collar
_____Leash/harness _____Identification tags
_____Identification tags _____Medications
_____Medications and medical records _____Vaccinations and medical records
Portable Disaster Supplies Kit
Entertainment _____Emergency information list/other lists
_____Games and books _____Small flashlight
_____Whistle/other noisemaker
Other Disaster Supplies _____Water
  Disability-Related Supplies and Special Equipment - Check items you use, and describe item type and location. _____Extra medication
_____Copies of prescriptions
_____Glasses _____Extra pair of glasses
_____Eating utensils _____Hearing aid
_____Grooming utensils _____Sanitary supplies
_____Dressing devices _____Pad and pencil or other writing device
_____Writing devices
_____Hearing device Car Supplies
_____Oxygen _____Several blankets
_____Extra set of mittens or gloves, wool socks, and a wool cap
Flow rate _____Jumper cables and instructions
_____Suction equipment _____Small sack of sand or kitty litter for traction
_____Dialysis equipment _____Small shovel
_____Sanitary supplies _____Set of tire chains or traction mats
_____Urinary supplies _____Red cloth to use as a flag
_____Ostomy supplies _____CB radio or cellular telephone
Wheelchair repair kit

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Nicholas A. DeRosa
Director of Health

Oneida County Department of Health
800 Park Ave.
Utica, New York  13501
(315) 798-6400
Email:  publichealth@ocgov.net

2003 Oneida County, New York, USA