Assemble A Disaster Supply Kit

We live in an area of high winds, lightening, heavy rain and the possibility of a tornado. We can't prevent them or even predict where or when they will strike.

As a result, we need to plan for severe weather, not only for ourselves, but also for our extended families.

Most severe weather in our area may require that you be confined to your home without services for a period of up to several days. The question then becomes, can you survive without heat, telephone, and running water? If you plan ahead and assemble a disaster supply kit you will be better able to provide for your needs until services are restored or help arrives.

To Prepare Your Kit:

There are six basic categories of supplies you should stock in your home. Food and water, first aid supplies (prescription medications), tools and supplies, sanitation, clothing and bedding, and special items. Gather the supplies listed. You may need them if you are forced to evacuate your home or if you are confined for a number of days. Place items in an easy-to-carry container such as a wheeled trash container or a duffel bag.


Store at least a three day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.


Store water in plastic containers, avoid using containers that will deteriorate or break.

A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water per day. A rule of thumb, one gallon per person, per day, will allow for some cooking and sanitation. Store at least a three day supply for each person in your household.

First Aid Kit

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and car. Include an assortment of adhesive bandages, compresses, scissors, tweezers, needle, antiseptic, thermometer, safety pins, cleaning agents, aspirin, etc. Be sure that vital prescription drugs never run down to under a three to four day supply.

Tools and Supplies

Include: Paper plates, utensils, battery operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, non-electric can opener, tape, matches in waterproof container, needles and thread, paper, pencil, pliers, plastic sheeting.


Include such items as: Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, feminine hygiene supplies, plastic garbage bags, plastic bucket with tight fitting lid, disinfectant or household bleach.

Clothing and Bedding

Consider: Sturdy shoes, rain gear, sleeping bags or blankets, hat and gloves, warm outerwear.

Special Items

Remember family members with special needs. Infants need formula, diapers, bottles, etc. Adults may need insulin, prescription drugs, eye glasses, important documents, etc.

Whatever your particular situation, your plan will allow you to survive Wisconsin severe weather. By not becoming a victim, valuable, limited community resources can be used on the most needy.