"21 Weeks to Preparedness" is a campaign inspired by the American Red Cross. It provides an opportunity to revamp or create an emergency kit in a manner that's simple to assemble and easy on the budget over a multi-week process. We hope you enjoy it!

preparedness supplies

 

Weekly shopping list based on a family of 4

 WEEK 1

Tour your home to gather items you already have. Place all items in a waterproof bag or container before packing in kit. Check off each item as you go:

___ A sturdy, easy-to-carry container to hold items (backpack, duffle bag or large tote)

___ A set of clothes and sturdy shoes for each family member

___ Copies of important papers (birth certificates, ID, insurance policies, passports, home lease/deed etc)

___ A 3-day supply of your medications

___ A current list of family phone numbers and e-mails including someone who can be reached if local lines are down

___ A map (mark an evacuation route from your local area)

___ Extra cash in small bills

___ Spare keys for house and car

___ Spare glasses or contacts and solution

___ Books or toys

 

 WEEK 2

___ 1 gallon water

___ 1 jar peanut butter

___ 1 box crackers

___ 2 boxes energy bars

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 3

___ 1 gallon water

___ 2 cans meat/fish

___ 2 cans fruit/veggies

___ Manual can opener

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 4

___ 1 gallon water

___ 1 bottle juice

___ 1 pkg hand sanitizer

___ 1 antibacterial soap

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 5

___ 1 gallon water

___ 1 liquid dish soap

___ 2 rolls toilet paper

___ 1 box facial tissues

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 6

___ 1 gallon water

___ First aid kit & guide

___ Latex gloves

___ Tweezers

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 7

___ Thermometer

___ Allergy/pain reliever in childproof container

___ Sunscreen

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 8

___ 1 gallon water

___ Feminine supplies

___ Comb & brush

___ 1 potted meat

___ Weather radio

 WEEK 9

___ Towels & washcloths

___ Toothbrushes & paste

___ Shampoo, bar soap

___ Deodorant

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 10

___ Umbrella/slicker

___ Scarf

___ Winter gloves

___1 bottle juice

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 11

___ 1 gallon water

___ 1 pkg energy snacks

___ Emergency blanket

___ Matches

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 12

___ Flashlight

___ Batteries

___ Cotton rope

___ 1 bottle juice

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 13

___ 1 gallon water

___ Screwdriver

___ Utility knife

___ Pliers

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 14

___ 2 cans fruit/veggies

___ 1 pkg eating utensils

___ 1 pkg plastic cups

___ Paper towels/napkins

___ Weather radio $1.75

WEEK 15

___ Pet food & dishes

___ Extra water

___ Leash

___ Litter pan/litter

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 16

___ 11 gallon water

___ 2 cans meat/fish

___ Cell phone & charger

___ Dried fruit and nuts

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 17

___ 1 gallon water

___ Extra flashlight

___ Extra batteries for radio and flashlight

___ 1 bottle juice

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 18

___ 1 gallon water

___ Work gloves

___ Dust masks

___ Chlorine bleach

___ Garbage bags & ties

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 19

 ___ 1 gallon water

___ Plastic sheeting

___ Plastic bucket & lid

___ Disinfectant

___ Notebook & pen

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 20

___ 2 boxes dry cereal

___ Box graham crackers

___ Whistle

___ Duct tape

___ 1 pkg energy snacks

___ Weather radio $1.75*

 WEEK 21

 ___ Comfort foods

___ Scissors

___ Extra blankets

___ Small pillows

___ Water container

___ Weather radio $1.75

 

*Save $1.75 a week and purchase your weather radio at the end of 21 weeks

 

Customize your kit for your family:

For baby: baby food, formula, bottles, diapers, extra water for formula and washing bottles

For seniors: oxygen, walker, adult diapers, hearing aid with extra batteries and extra medication

For pets: carrier, medicines, inoculation and health records, ID tags, photo of you with your pet(s)

For children: toys, travel games, extra batteries, stuffed animal, cards, crayons, paper, books

Daylight Savings Time: When you change your clocks, change your kit! Replace expired food, medicine and batteries. Check clothing for fit and seasons.