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DHA Emergency Supply List

Food and Water

  • Supply of non-perishable food that needs no cooking
  • Nutrition drinks
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Plastic cups, utensils
  • 2 gallons of water per day for each person

First Aid

  • First Aid Kit
  • Essential medications and back-up prescriptions
  • Multipurpose pocketknife


  • Hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags
  • Dental care and vision products
  • Travel-size soaps, deodorant, etc. 
  • Clean clothing, shoes, etc.

Clean Air Items

  • Nose and mouth protection masks (N-95 rating)
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape

Baby Items

  • Formula, bottles, powdered milk
  • Diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash ointment


  • Flashlights for each family member with extra batteries
  • Fluorescent lanterns for each common area
  • Waterproof matches or a utility lighter


  • Portable, battery-powered radio
  • Land-line phone with long cord
  • Extra batteries for flashlights, lanterns, radio
  • Extra cell phone battery or car charger
  • Whistle

Family Safety Items

  • Smoke detector with battery for each floor
  • Carbon monoxide detector with battery backup
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Non-scented bleach for sanitization
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Transportation Items

  • State and regional road maps
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Basic repair items (tools, tire patch kit, engine oil)
  • Games, books, puzzles

Pet Needs

  • 3-day supply of non-perishable pet food and water
  • Pet medications and pet first aid
  • Current photo in case you are separated
  • Cat litter and box
  • Pet bed, toys, carrier, leash


  • Including wrench and pliers for utility shutoff
  • Work gloves

Essential papers and money in a sealed water-resistant container


Map showing the location of Durham within the state of North Carolina

Serving the City of Durham, North Carolina