Across Turtle Island and the world we are seeing the affects of climate crisis.  From floods in New York,  Tornados in New Jersey, Hurricanes in the Caribbean, Fires in California and Oregon, and so much more, we are living in the middle of daily news about the damage of avoidable natural disasters across the earth.

IP3 has put together a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit because at this point it is not a matter of if, but when.  There is nothing more important than being prepared.

The best way to think about this is to get a dollar store backpack for each person in the family and put a change of clothes and necessary items in each bag including a bag for your pets.  And include baggies. Baggies for dog food, medications, wallet, phone, etc.  We have listed this out from High Priority emergency kits, to Moderate Priority, to Low Priority.  Feel free to make yours as you wish but please consider being prepared in this way if you aren’t already.

Don’t forget! Many if not all of these items can be bought at the Dollar Store, or Dollar Tree.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

High Priority Must Haves:

Medicine Bundle

Water (one gallon per person per day for drinking and self care)

Food (non-perishable food, 3 days at least)

First Aid Kit


Mask up (enough for everyone)

Tarp (to shelter in place)

Actual Map of local area – low

Cell phone with chargers –

Moderate Priority:

Plastic draw baggies for garbage/sanitation, necessary items listed below –

Prescription medications/non prescription medications

Change of clothes for each person with good shoes for walking/climate

Soap, hand sanitizer, facial towelettes

Infant diapers, bottles, formula, wipes, rash cream

Pet food, water for pet


Sleeping bag/blanket

Can opener

Battery-powered radio

Extra Batteries / cell phone back up battery

Whistle to call for help


Hand sanitizer


Feminine personal hygiene kit

Prescription glasses/contacts

Low Priority:

Fire extinguisher

Paper plates, cups, towels, utensils

Paper & pencil

Games, books, items for kids


Places to keep Emergency Kits – Somewhere “Grab and Go”

Home – keep in closet, close to front door

Work – in your break room, or at desk

Car – back seat or trunk