|Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a
Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both. (The
weather radio can be purchased at most any department store or
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit.
Whistle (This is a very important part of your kit and would be used
to signal for help if necessary)
Dust Mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and
duct tape to shelter-in-place.
Moist Towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
Can opener for food (if your kit contains canned food)
Local map (click to print
St. Mary's county Emergency Preparedness Map)
items to consider adding to your kit
Prescription medications and extra eye glasses.
Infant formula and diapers.
Pet food and extra water for your pet.
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies,
identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable
Cash, traveler's checks and change (ATM's may not be in operation nor
banking facilities open) you should have at least $50.00 in small
bills in your kit. Be sure to include quarters and dimes for any
machines you may need to use.)
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book and or the
Saint Mary's County CARE guide.
Sleeping bag or warm blanket (wool blend) for each person. Consider
additional bedding if an emergency occurs in the winter.
Lightweight stove and fuel.
Hand and body warm packs.
Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long
pants, extra socks, hat and gloves and sturdy shoes. Consider adding
additional clothing for colder seasons.
Light source besides flashlight (light stick necklaces)
Matches (Windproof and Waterproof) or place matches in a waterproof
Second method to start a fire ( Lighter)
Hatchet or Axe
50-Foot Nylon Rope
Burn Gel and Dressings
Water resistant duffel bag, frame pack or day pack.
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items. (Soap, toothbrush,
toothpaste, comb, tissues, razor and any other items you would like to
include in your kit)
Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
Paper and pencil.
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
A component of your disaster kit is your
Go-Bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy
to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one
Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You
may not be home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional
supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for
your immediate safety.
Emergency cash in small denominations
Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes and a warm
Some water and food
Permanent marker, paper and tape
Photos of family members and pets for
List of emergency point-of-contact phone
List of allergies to any drug (especially
antibiotics) or food
Copy of Health insurance and identification
Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or
other vital personal items
Prescription medications and first aid
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Extra Keys to your house and vehicle
Any special need items for children, seniors
or people with disabilities.
Do not forget to make a Go-bag for your
a location: A closet or "safety corner" in the
garage, where it is cool and dark if you live in an apartment
or have limited space, be innovative. Other possible storage
locations include under the bed, under stairways or even in a
large box or plastic tub that can be covered with a tablecloth
and used as an end table.
supplies: As shown, and keep them together in
a container such as a plastic garbage can with wheels. Check
every 6 months for food expiration dates, children's clothing
with what you already have: If you're a camper
or backpacker, you've got a head start Your tent, cook stove,
and other gear can double as emergency supplies.