An individual (personal) disaster kit is meant to be portable
and sustain the individual for 3 to 5 days.
Along with small portable individual kits, you should have a household (whole family) disaster kit.
An individual disaster kit should be in a duffle bag or
backpack and kept within easy access of the individual (such as next to or
under a bed or by a door). An individual
kit should contain at a minimum:
- At least one change of clothes plus a sweatshirt,
lightweight jacket, hoodie or similar clothing item in case its needed.
- A pair of sturdy closed toe shoes
- A flashlight
- Over the counter analgesics (e.g. Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc.)
- 3 to 5 day supply of an prescription medications the individual
- Small individual first aid kit or supplies (e.g. adhesive
bandages, antiseptic wipes, etc.)
- Snacks or small food items (such as protein or granola bars)
- Writing paper along with pens or pencils
- Comfort items (e.g. toys or coloring books for children,
books to read, games to play, etc.)
Don’t wait, start to put a kit together today!