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Prepare for an Infectious Disease Emergency

Emergency Kit


Everyday the San Francisco Department of Public Health monitors and responds to cases of infectious disease. Outbreaks can and do occur. It is important for you and your family to be prepared.




Infectious Disease Emergency Kit 

Add the items listed below to your emergency kit so you can be ready for an infectious disease emergency.


Hygiene and Home Care

  • First aid kit
  • Critical papers including lists of medical conditions, medicines, allergies
  • Thermometer (non-mercury)
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content)
  • Bleach (unscented)
  • Face masks (that cover nose and mouth)
  • Gloves
  • Plastic bags for discarding contaminated items

Food and Water

  • 1-2 month supply of non-perishable food
  • 1 week supply of water



  • 1-2 month supply of prescription medicines
  • 2 month supply of fever medicines (e.g., ibuprofen, acetaminophen)


Know Where to get Reliable Information During an Emergency


Useful Emergency Planning Links

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