In the case of an evacuation, families should prepare to take care of themselves without outside help for several days. The average amount of time for an evacuation is three days.
Sleeping bags or two blankets per person. Most shelters will be located in schools and other public buildings. While they will have a limited amount of supplies, you and your family will be much more comfortable if you bring your own supplies.
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Water, stored in plastic bottles with screw caps; one gallon per person per day. Water services may be disrupted at the shelter as well in the early hours of an emergency. See related pages.
Board games for entertainment
Special items for infants
Bottles and nipples
Milk or formula
Personal hygiene items such as:
First aid kit, including:
Non-perishable canned or packaged food and drinks (corned beef, tuna fish, apple sauce, cookies, juice, etc.), preferably that requires no cooking and a non-electric can opener. It may take a day or more to set up a regular meal schedule at a shelter
Reading and writing materials
Battery powered flashlight in case of power loss
Additional Items to Include
Change of clothes, including rain gear, sturdy shoes, and extra socks and underwear.
Credit cards and cash.
Emergency cooking equipment, such as a camp stove
Extra pair of glasses or contacts, and contact lens case and solution.
Pens or pencils
Plastic cups, plates and utensils. The shelter may not have utensils in the early hours of an emergency.
Special items for elderly or disabled family members.