Disaster Supply Kit List

In case of an emergency, it can be helpful to have certain items set aside ahead of time. This resource has a list of things you may want to include in a disaster supply kit.


Disaster Supply Kit

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need during an emergency. Look at the basic items and consider what unique needs your family might have. After an emergency, you may need to survive for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.


Recommended Basic Items

Water (Minimum, 3 gallons for each person)

Food (Minimum, 3-day supply of food that doesn’t require refrigeration for each person)

Manual can opener

Radio (Battery or hand-cranked powered)



Extra batteries for:



Medical equipment

Other electronic powered items in kit


Cell phone and cell phone charger


Personal sanitation:

Baby wipes

Garbage bags

Hand sanitizer



Hand tools:



Zip ties

Duct tape

Eyeglass repair kit


Communication device and plug to recharge


Pet food and extra water:

Water and food bowls

A carrier or cage, and leash


Medical supplies:

Prescription Medications

Non-prescription medications, such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, or laxatives.

Medical alert bracelet or tag

First aid kit: Band-aids/bandages, antiseptic ointment, thermometer


Comfort and sensory items: Noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, other sensory assistance items


Copy of insurance card

List of known allergies

Blanket, comforter, or sleeping bag


Complete change of clothing: Underwear, pants and shirt, socks, pajamas


Extra changes of clothes for all seasons

Pair of sturdy shoes

Shower shoes and personal hygiene items: toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or brush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, washcloth and towels, feminine supplies

Local maps (Pre-mark important locations and travel routes)

Emergency contact information

An identification card or Driver’s License

Names and numbers of your doctors

Name and number of where you get your medications


Encouraged Additional Items:


Copy of ID

Emergency reference guides

Multitool or pocket-knife

Ziplock bags

Camp stove: Fuel, lighter, matches in a waterproof container

Camp cookware set

Camp utensil set/ plastic silverware

Sheets and twine or a small pop-up tent (to decrease visual stimulation in a busy room or to provide instant privacy)

Laminated cards with phrases, pictures, or pictograms in case your communication device is not working.

Fire extinguisher

Paper and pencil

Books, puzzles, board games

Handheld electronic devices(loaded with movies and games)etc. for entertainment


Practice Your Plan

Start a family discussion by visiting the ready.gov website and walking through the tools and kids games provided https://www.ready.gov/plan and https://www.ready.gov/kids


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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.