Individual (personal) Disaster Kit

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 takes
  • 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!