Plan for a Pandemic

  • Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.

  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

  • Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.

  • Get involved in your community as it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit


A basic emergency supply kit could include the following items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • 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

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food 

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Vehicle Supplies Kit

  • Jumper cables

  • Flashlights and extra batteries

  • First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time

  • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener

  • Water for each person and pet in your car 

  • AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages

  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction 

  • Shovel 

  • Ice scraper 

  • Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes 

  • Blankets or sleeping bags