Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and sometimes without warning. A winter storm could keep your family at home for days. A fire, flood, tornado, or any other disaster could stop water, electricity, and telephone services. You could have to leave your home.

Be prepared for a disaster emergency before it happens. Make a Disaster Supplies Kit for your child and your family. Keep these supplies on hand:

  • Water - a 3-day supply for each household member

  • Food - a 3-day supply for each household member

  • First Aid Kit

  • Essential medications - prescription and over-the-counter

  • Special equipment and supplies for your child with special needs

  • Generator, if your child is dependent of machines using electricity

  • Sanitation supplies (toileting and hygiene)

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Radio with extra batteries

  • Cellular phone with extra battery

  • Cash

  • Extra clothing and bedding

  • Important documents

  • A copy of the Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Needs

  • Important phone numbers

  • Other tools and supplies

Tip: Keep the phone number of an out-of-state contact person in your Disaster Supplies Kit. Sometimes, it is easier to contact a person out-of-state during a disaster.

For more information on Disaster Planning, contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-480-2520 or 800-621-3362 (TTY). You can also contact your local American Red Cross Chapter. Many communities have community emergency or disaster teams that work with FEMA and can give families local help.