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San Jose, CA 95110

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Basic Disaster Supply Kit

Your readiness to respond to an emergency will depend on the skills you have learned through training and the supplies you have stored. Be sure to consider an emergency supply kit for your home, vehicle, and work space. Check with  your child's school or care provider to learn what they have planned. And consider the needs of elderly parents and grandparents when planning for the entire family. Don't forget, pets are family too!



  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation (including enough for pets)
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (including enough for pets)
  • Infant formula and diapers 
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (or glow sticks)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wrench or pliers for utility control
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Essential medications 7-10 day supply
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Extra cane, walker, or wheelchair
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash ( no large bills)
  • Cooking items such as plastic utensils, paper plates, cups, and paper towels
  • Matches in a water proof container
  • Tools and supplies such as a screwdriver, pliers, hammer, duct tape, staple gun, and sheeting for windows
  • Books, games, and puzzles for kids and other family members
  • Emergency reference materials such as First Aid Book
  • Paper and Pen, Pencil

As a public agency we cannot endorse a specific vendor or product for use; but we have put together a list of local vendors, in San Jose, that can provide the emergency preparedness items you may need. 

Big Box stores like Walmart, Costco and Target are good places to check. We also recommend hardware stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. You can also shop online at the American Red Cross for ready made disaster kits. Preparing does not have to break the budget. You can pick up extra items when you do your weekly or monthly shopping and set them aside in a designated area or container. Make sure the entire family knows that they are for emergencies only and knows where they are located.