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Family Disaster Plan


Office of Emergency Services

Red Cross




(Updated February 26, 2006)


Location of Disaster Plan Supplies

(Where they are physically located)



5 Plastic Containers:

Container #1 Safety/First Aid/Tools

  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist
  • Batteries*
  • Candles
  • Chemical Glow Sticks
  • Fire Extinguisher *
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Latex Gloves
  • Pain Medicine: Advil and Children’s Motrin
  • Propane Lighters
  • Wet Wipes
  • Paper, Pencil, Pens

    Container #2 Food

  • Can Opener
  • Plastic Cups
  • Plastic Forks/Knives/Spoons
  • Plastic Plates
  • Non-perishable/Canned/Dried Food
  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water

    Container #3 Water

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water
  • If you live in a warm weather climate, more water may be necessary
  • Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles
  • Keep at least a three-day water supply per person

    Container #4 Sanitation

  • Toilet Paper/Wet Wipes
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
  • Feminine Supplies
  • Paper Towels
  • Bar Soap

    Container #5 Clothing/Bedding

  • Change of Clothing*
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Games/Cards for Entertainment

    Items to take in the Event of an Evacuation:

  • Containers 1 through 5
  • Big Yellow Spot Lights (Recharge*)
  • Money from Safe
  • All Items from Safe (time permitting)
  • Credit Cards
  • Cell Phones
  • 2-way Radios from Garage
  • Toolbox
  • Plastic Tarps
  • Extra Set of Car Keys
  • Tents
  • Toiletry Kits
  • Small Tool Kit in a Soft Carrier; with pliers, screw drivers, cutters, utility knife or pocket knife, pry bar, duct tape, electrical tape, scrap wire (solid) or tie wire (should be in one of the containers or better yet, in each car)
  • AM/FM Battery Operated Radio
  • Change of Clothes
  • Office Computer, Monitor, Mouse, and Keyboard (time permitting) [this is necessary to access and shut down automatic payment programs active in Quicken, if extended evacuation anticipated]

    Phone Plan-Contact Information

    IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY WHERE LOCAL PHONE CONTACT IS NOT POSSIBLE, choose a friend or relative living out of state as a contact person that all family members would call to provide their "safe" status and where they may be. Keep their phone number with your Disaster Plan Supplies. This is done out of state because local phone access is usually jammed during a local emergency, i.e., earthquake.

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