In a disaster or during a health emergency such as a flu pandemic, be prepared by assembling a survival kit to keep you going. The Mayo clinic recommends the following:
You should have supplies to last everyone in your household — including pets — at least two weeks.


  • Water
    Plan on 1 gallon per person per day, for drinking and for sanitation.v
  • Food
    Select foods that require no refrigeration, have a long shelf life, and require little or no water to prepare. This may include ready-to-eat canned goods, protein bars, dried fruit and crackers.
    Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
  • Hygiene and sanitation
    N95 respiratory masks or comparable make
    Moist towelettes
    Alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer
    Toothpaste and toothbrush
    Tissues, toilet paper and paper towels
    Garbage bags, heavy duty, and ties
  • Prescribed medications
    Store at least a one-month supply.
  • First-aid kit
    First-aid book
    Rubber gloves
    Cleansing agent (soap or towelettes)
    Antibiotic ointment and burn ointment
    Cold packs
    Adhesive bandages, cotton balls and swabs
    Sterile dressing, tape and elastic wrap
    Tweezers, sharp scissors, spoon
    Eyewash solution
    Medication for fever and pain relief, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
    Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Tools 
    Manual can opener
    Eating utensils
    Light sticks
    Radio, battery powered
    Matches, in waterproof container
    Duct tape
    Wrench or pliers
  • Additional items
    Cash and coins
    Special needs such as inhalers, contact lenses, extra eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries
    Copies of credit cards, bank numbers, important documents, medical prescriptions, driver’s licenses and passports
    Keys, extra sets
    Feminine hygiene supplies
    Infant supplies
    Recreational materials
    Food and supplies for pets
    Writing supplies
  • Items for evacuation
    Blankets or sleeping bags
    Change of clothing and footwear
    Bathing supplies
    Local maps
Natalie Geary