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June: Unique Family NeedsEvery household is unique. Do you, your roommate or someone in your family have a medical condition requiring medication or a medical device? Is there an infant or young child in your home? Do you have a pet(s)? Before a disaster strikes, discuss your household’s unique needs. Make a list of special items you may need in a disaster.  The quantities should be able to last you at least five days.


Plan and prepare for any unique household needs not addressed in general preparation.

Unique Needs to Consider

Medical Needs

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how you can create an emergency supply of medicines. Does any medications require refrigeration? Have a cooler and chemical ice packs available to chill medicines that need to be refrigerated.
Medical Devices
Is it portable? How long does the charge last?  Does it have battery backup? Do you have enough supplies (test strips, needles, distilled water, bags, etc.) for at least five days? Have extra batteries and supplies on hand. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers additional tips about medical devices to consider during hurricanes and other natural disasters.


Think about the items you may need, such as a portable crib, enough formula/breast milk (and ice packs/cooler to keep cool), bottles, diapers, children’s medicine, clothing and blankets, and other comfort items (a favorite toy or blanket).
Books, special blankets, toys, snacks and special foods, and other favorite comfort items.


Food and bowl, favorite comfort item (toy or blanket), water, leash, portable cage/tank, absorbent pads, pet registration and other medical records.

Take Action

Off-Campus Students

Prepare a kit or an accessible list with all unique items needed to survive a disaster.  Add these to your general preparedness list or kit.

On-Campus Students

Prepare a list of your items needed in an emergency.  Have these items ready and accessible to quickly pack in an emergency.