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Here our visitors will find items that will be needed in the event of an emergency. Use the list of items below to create an Emergency Supply Kit. Feel free to print this list so you will have it available during an electrical outage or in the event of computer failure:

Family Emergency Plan

In addition to the items listed below, every family should have a Family Emergency Plan in place to prepare for an unexpected emergency. One of the main issues in dealing with an Emergency as a family, is communication. Prepare a list of family members and friends that your family will contact in the event of an Emergency. Make sure each family member has this information available at all times and it is updated regularly.


  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
  • Store one (1) gallon of water a day, per person
    • For a family of four, you will need twelve (12) gallons of stored water for a 3-day emergency.
  • Keep at least a 3-day supply of water per person; keep two (2) quarts for drinking, two (2) quarts for each person for food preparation and sanitation. (Reminder: 4 quarts = 1 gallon)
  • Change your stored water supply every six (6) months so it stays fresh.


  • Store at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable food. Replace your stored food every six (6) months.
  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
  • If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno.
  • Include a selection of the following foods:
    • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
    • Canned juices, milk and soup
    • Staples (salt, pepper, spices etc)
    • High energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix)
    • Vitamins
    • Food for infants, elderly people or people on special diets.
    • Comfort foods (cookies, hard candy, instant coffee, tea bags and sweetened cereal)

First Aid Kit

  • Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each vehicle.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing medications.
  • Include the following:
    • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes - Scissors
    • Assorted sizes of safety pins - Tweezers
    • Cleansing agents and soap - Needle
    • Latex gloves (2 pair) - Moistened towelettes
    • Sunscreen - Antiseptic
    • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6 units)
    • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6 units)
    • Triangular bandages (3 units)
    • Non-prescription drugs (pain reliever)
    • Antacid, anti-diarrhea, laxative, Syrup of Ipecac, and activated charcoal.
    • 2-inch sterile rolled bandages (3 rolls)
    • 3-inch Sterile rolled bandages (3 rolls)
    • Thermometer
    • Tounge blades (2 units)
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Tools and Supplies

  • Mess kits or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils.
  • Emergency preparedness manual.
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, and change.
  • Non-electrical can opener or utility knife.
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type.
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape (especially Duct tape)
  • Compass
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper and pencil
  • Needles and thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shutoff wrench, to shut off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for shelter locations)

Clothing & Bedding

  • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Clothing items should include the following:
    • Sturdy shoes or work boots
    • Rain gear
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Hat and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Sunglasses


  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses).
  • Plastic bucket with lid
  • Disenfectant and household chlorine bleach

Special Items

  • Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
  • For baby:
    • formula
    • diapers
    • bottles
    • powdered milk
    • medications
  • For adults:
    • heart and blood pressure medication
    • insulin
    • denture needs
    • prescription drugs
    • contact lenses and supplies
    • extra eyeglasses

Vital Family Documents

  • Keep these records in a portable, waterproof container.
    • Will
    • Insurance policies
    • Contracts
    • Deeds
    • Stocks and bonds
    • Passports
    • Social security cards
    • Immunization records
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
    • Inventory of valuable household goods
    • Important telephone numbers
    • Other family records (birth, marriage, and death certificates).


  • At least once a year, re-think your family emergency kit needs (if possible, sit down as a family to do this)
  • Replace old batteries, update clothes for the appropriate seasons, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.


  • Games and books

* Any other comfort items that may be important to you or your family members.

For more information on preparing a Family Emergency Plan and/or an Emergency Supply Kit with a list of items for an emergency, please visit The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency works hard to help Ashland County residents have the education they need in the event of an emergency.


Ashland County Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management Agency
1763 State Route 60 - Ashland, Ohio 44805
Telephone: (419) 282-4272 - E-mail: