Supply Calendar

The Family Disaster Supplies & Preparedness Calendar is intended to help you take appropriate preparedness actions and create a 3-7 day disaster supply kit before the next emergency happens. Using the calendar, your family can assemble an emergency kit in small steps over a six month period.

Check off the items you collect or the actions you take during the week. Supplies may be stored all together in a large plastic garbage can with wheels. Perishable supplies and water should be rotated every six months.

You should store at least 1 – 2 gallons of water per person for per day. This water is for drinking and sanitation.

The calendar is available to download in English and Spanish. PDF

*One per person in household
**One per person and pet

Week 1

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water*
  • 1 can of meat*
  • 2 manual can openers
  • safety pins
  • 2 pair latex gloves

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Permanent marking pen

To Do:

  • Identify and discuss what kinds of disasters are most likely to occur and how they will affect your family and property.
  • Make a family emergency plan. See the Pocket Guide for more information. PDF 1.47 MB

Week 2

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water*
  • 1 can of fruit*
  • 1 can of meat*
  • sunscreen
  • anti-diarrhea medicine

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Waterproof plastic container for first aid supplies

To Do:

  • Plan to have at least two means of communicating with your family (i.e. email, phone, cell phone, two-way radios).
  • Prepare a list of important phone number: out-of-state contact, physicians, veterinarian, family, creditors, insurance, etc. and place by phones.

Week 3

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water*
  • 1 can of fruit*
  • 1 can of meat*
  • Baby food (if needed)
  • Aspirin and/or acetaminophen

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Pen & paper

To Do:

  • Designate an out-of-town emergency contact.
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 for emergency help.

Week 4

Hardware Store:

  • Portable AM/FM radio
  • Crescent wrench
  • Plastic safety goggles
  • Water proof matches
  • Heavy work gloves

To Do:

  • Pick two places for your family to meet in an emergency. See the Pocket Guide for more information. PDF 1.47 MB
  • Pack a “go-bag” in case you need to evacuate your home.

Week 5

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water*
  • 1 can of fruit*
  • 1 can of meat*
  • Diapers (if needed)
  • Compresses

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Extra medications or prescriptions for humans and pets

To Do:

  • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find at least two ways out of each room.
  • Locate areas in your home where you and your family can shelter-in-place. See the Pocket Guide for more information. PDF 1.47 MB

Week 6

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water*
  • 1 can of juice*
  • 1 can of vegetables*
  • Pet food (if needed)
  • First aid tape

To Do:

  • Use a video camera or standard camera to capture images of the contents of your home for insurance purposes.
  • Place videotape or pictures in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe/cabinet.

Week 7

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water*
  • 1 can of fruit*
  • 1 can of vegetables*
  • Rolls of gauze or bandages
  • Saline solution for contacts (if needed)

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase.

  • Battery powered cell phone charger

To Do:

  • Scan your favorite family and pet photos and burn to a CD. Store CD in safe deposit box or fireproof safe/cabinet.
  • Make photocopies or scan important papers and store in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe/cabinet.

Week 8

Hardware Store:

  • Whistle
  • 2 flashlights
  • Camping or utility knife
  • Tarp
  • Heavy rope

To Do:

  • Update animal vaccination records and put with important papers.
  • Contact utility companies for direction on shutoff procedures.

Week 9

Grocery Store:

  • 1 jar peanut butter*
  • 1 can ready-to-eat soup*
  • 1 can of vegetables*
  • Sanitary napkins (if needed)
  • Scissors

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Blankets

To Do:

  • Check your house for hazards.
  • Identify which hazards you will reduce first.

Week 10

Grocery Store:

  • 1 can of juice*
  • 1 can ready-to-eat soup*
  • 1 can of vegetables*
  • Baby food (if needed)
  • Thermometer

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Sleeping bags**

To Do:

  • Test your smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries.
  • Have a fire drill.

Week 11

Grocery Store:

  • 1 box graham crackers
  • 1 box quick energy snacks
  • dry cereal
  • diapers (if needed)
  • vitamins (child & adult)

To Do:

  • Secure fish tanks, bird houses and reptile cages.
  • Brace shelves and cabinets to wall studs.

Week 12

Hardware Store:

  • Double sided tape or velcro
  • Duct tape
  • Masking tape
  • Plumber’s tape

To Do:

  • Tie water heater to wall studs.
  • Take a first aid/CPR class.

Week 13

Grocery Store:

  • Special food for special diets
  • Instant coffee, tea, cocoa
  • 1 box quick energy snacks
  • Pet food (if needed)
  • Tweezers

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Extra clothing

To Do:

  • Place a pair of hard sole shoes and a flashlight under your bed so they are handy during an emergency.
  • Store extra cash and credit cards.

Week 14

Grocery Store:

  • 1 box quick energy snacks
  • 1 gallon of water per pet
  • 1 package of paper cups
  • Denture supplies (if needed)
  • Sewing kit

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Jackets

To Do:

  • Date each can of food and water containers.
  • Investigate home / rental insurance

Week 15

Grocery Store:

  • 1 gallon of water per pet
  • 1 box heavy-duty garbage bags
  • 1 package paper plates*
  • Hearing aid batteries (if needed)

Week 16

Hardware Store:

  • Pliers
  • Screw driver
  • Crow bar
  • Vise grips
  • “L” brackets or flexible straps to secure tall furniture to wall studs

To Do:

  • Ask veterinarian about appropriate size container for your pet in case you must evacuate your home.
  • Obtain a collar-tag or microchip for your pet for identification

Week 17

Grocery Store:

  • 1 box heavy-duty garbage bags
  • 1 quart plain liquid bleach
  • 2 rolls toilet paper*
  • Disposable hand wipes

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Towels

To Do:

  • Check your child’s day care or school to find out about their disaster plans.
  • Find out about your workplace disaster plans.

Week 18

Grocery Store:

  • 3 rolls paper towels
  • 1 box large heavy-duty garbage bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ipecac syrup and activated charcoal

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Hats, umbrella, gloves

To Do:

  • Arrange for a friend or neighbor to help your children or watch your pets if you are at work when an emergency strikes.
  • Make a plan to check on a neighbor who might need help in an emergency.

Week 19

Grocery Store:

  • 1/4 teaspoon (for bleach)
  • Eating utensils
  • Extra toothbrush*
  • Rubbing alcohol

To Do:

  • Find out if you have a neighborhood safety organization and join it.
  • Develop a neighborhood pet care plan.

Week 20

Hardware Store:

  • 1 box disposable dust masks
  • ABC Fire extinguisher
  • Local area map
  • Battery powered camping lantern with extra batteries
  • Waterproof portable plastic container with lid for important papers

To Do:

  • Research how to become a licensed ham radio operator.
  • If you are a licensed ham radio operator, contact a local government agency to volunteer for emergency service.

Week 21

Grocery Store:

  • 3 rolls paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Large plastic food bags
  • Adhesive bandages in various sizes

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Shoes

Week 22

Grocery Store:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Plastic wrap
  • Antiseptic

Miscellaneous Items to Gather or Purchase:

  • Leashes for pets

Week 23

Grocery Store:

  • Large plastic food bags
  • Tooth paste
  • Cold packs
  • Personal hygiene items i.e. deodorant, comb

Week 24

Hardware Store:

  • Extra batteries
  • Bungee cords
  • Child-proof latches
  • Large ground screw to secure animals if fences fall.
  • Camp stove & fuel

Storage & Use-by Guideline

The following items should be used or replaced at the suggested time:

Use within 6 months:

  • Powdered milk (box)
  • Dried fruit (in air tight container)
  • Dry, crisp crackers (in air tight container)
  • Potatoes
  • Water
  • Bleach

With within one year:

  • Canned condensed milk and vegetable soups
  • Canned fruits, fruit juices and vegetables
  • Ready to eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals (in air tight container)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned meats
  • Hard candy
  • Vitamin C
  • Water in manufactured sealed containers

Long life: (if checked annually and in air tight containers and proper conditions)

  • Wheat
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dried corn
  • Baking powder
  • Soybeans
  • Instant coffee, tea and cocoa
  • Salt
  • Noncarbonated soft drinks
  • White rice
  • Bouillon products
  • Dry pasta
  • Powdered milk (nitrogen-packed)

Storage Tips

  • Keep food in dry, cool spot – dark area if possible.
  • Keep food covered at all times.
  • If you open food boxes or cans, do so carefully, so that you can close them tightly after each use.
  • Wrap cookies or crackers in a plastic bag and inside a tight container.
  • Empty opened packages of sugar, dried fruits and nuts into screw-top jars or air tight cans to protect them from pests.
  • Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before use.
  • Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies.
  • Mark all foods with purchase date with an ink or marking pen.
  • Place new items at the back/bottom or the storage area/container.

Contact Information

Phone:
(702) 759-1671

Updated on: May 16, 2019

2019-05-16T14:09:48-07:00