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Useful Information - Personal Disaster Preparedness

Personal Disaster Preparedness Supply Kit

Following a man-made or natural disaster, local officials and relief workers will be overwhelmed with responsibilities and will not be able to reach everyone immediately. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has prepared this list of needed supplies to assist you for the initial 72 hours, (or longer) following a disaster:

Flashlight with extra batteries

Do not use candles or any other open flame for emergency lighting.

Battery-powered radio

News about the emergency may change rapidly as events unfold. Radio reports will give information about the areas most affected.


Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least three (3) days (three meals per day), is suggested. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Store foods in sturdy, airtight containers. The following items are suggested:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Canned juices.

  • High-energy foods (granola bars, energy bars, peanut butter, trail mix etc.).

  • Hard candies, cookies, crackers

  • Water

Keep at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.

First Aid Supplies

(20) Adhesive bandages various sizes.
(1) 5” x 9” sterile dressing.
(1) Roll gauze bandage.
(2) Triangular bandages.
(2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
(2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
(1) Roll 3” cohesive bandage.
(2) Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
(6) Antiseptic wipes.
(2) Pair medical grade non-latex gloves
Adhesive tape, 2” width.
Anti-bacterial ointment.
Cold pack.
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

Tools and Supplies

  • Emergency “space” blanket.

  • Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils

  • Non-electric can opener.

  • Personal hygiene items, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, soap, and feminine supplies.

  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses).

  • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear, including a long sleeved shirt and long pants, as well as closed-toed shoes or boots.

  • Whistle or other sound producing device.

  • Wrench to shut off gas & water supplies

  • Fire Extinguisher


Include usual non-prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, etc. If you use prescription medications, keep at least three-day’s supply of these medications. Consult with your physician or pharmacist how these medications should be stored.

Additional Supplies

  • Firearm.

    Please be sure you are familiar with and know how to safely handle the firearm.
    Prior instruction is strongly suggested.
    Store firearms out of the reach of children and in a combination lock box

  • Ammunition.

    Store ammunition separately from the firearm.
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General Information

The above information is meant simply as a guideline, and does not include everything you may find necessary. Your complete Disaster Preparedness Kit should consist of everything you and your family will need to survive the initial 72 hours, or longer, following a disaster.