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Keep a disaster kit in your designated shelter. You can keep a smaller version in a backpack or other such container that can be easily carried with you if you need to evacuate. Review the disaster kit annually to ensure nothing has expired and that it will be up-to-date for your family's needs.

Staple Items

3-day supply of water
(1 gallon per person per day)

3-day supply of nonperishable,
ready-to-eat foods

Manual can opener

High energy foods,
such as peanut butter

Juices, dried milk

Flashlight and extra batteries

Battery operated
NOAA weather radio
or AM/FM radio

Shoes and clothing
appropriate for the season


Hand sanitizer, moist towelettes,
and toilet paper

Matches in waterproof container

Whistle, for calling for help

Hammer, pliers or other tools

Cash and coins

Photocopies of important documents,
personal IDs and credit cards

Baby needs

Prescription medications

Eye glasses or contact lens supplies

Games or playing cards

Pet food and extra water















First Aid Kit

Sterile adhesive bandages
in assorted sizes

 2-inch and 4-inch sterile gauze pads

Hypoallergenic adhesive tape 

Triangular bandages

Scissors & tweezers 

2-inch and 3-inch sterile
roll bandages

Waterless alcohol-based
hand sanitizer

Antiseptic wipes

Latex gloves

Petroleum jelly
or other lubricant

Anti-bacterial ointment

Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

Antacid (for upset stomach)

Cold pack

CPR breathing barrier,
such as a face shield

Assorted sizes of safety pins

Antacid (for upset stomach)













Sources: National Weather Service, Kansas Division of Emergency Management

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