Disaster Preparedness Kit


  • Clean towels
  • Waterproof pads
  • Medium-sized bowl (for collecting the placenta)
  • Disposable gloves

For Baby

  • Breast pump and supplies
  • Newborn cap
  • Case of diapers
  • Hot water bottle (for warmth)
  • Suction bulb
  • Receiving blankets

For Mom

  • Cold packs
  • Acetaminophen
  • Sanitary pads

Cutting the Umbilical Cord

  • White shoelaces or cord clamps for tying off the umbilical cord
  • Sharp, clean scissors or unused razor blade for cutting the umbilical cord
  • Alcohol wipes for cleaning tools

After the Birth

  • Baby sling
  • Mother's milk - it's the best food for babies in an emergency!

For Your Emotional Health

The Disaster Distress Helpline, operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.  The service is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential, and is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  Visit the SAMHSA website for more information about services.

Page last updated: April 14, 2017