Essentials:

  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries

Water:

  • 5 gallons per person, minimum, in a food-grade plastic container
  • Additional water for sanitation

Food:

Minimum 5 to 7 day supply of non-perishable food that requires no preparation. Perishable items should be changed or replaced every six months.

  • Dry cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned juice
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats
  • Ready-to-eat soups
  • Quick energy snacks

First-Aid Kit:

  • Scissors
  • Sun screen
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Two-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Two-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly
  • Sterile adhesive bandages
  • Laxative
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Antibiotic ointment

Sanitation:

  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties

Tools and Supplies:

  • Whistle
  • Aluminum foil
  • Crowbar
  • Compass
  • Paper, pencil
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Medicine dropper
  • Needles, thread
  • Signal flare
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Assorted nails, wood screws
  • Pliers, screwdriver, hammer
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Heavy cotton or hemp rope
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Tape, duct and plumber’s tape
  • Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires
  • Wrench to turn off gas and water

Clothing and Bedding:

  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

For Baby:

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Medication
  • Powdered milk

For Pets:

  • Food
  • Leash, harness and carrier
  • Records of vaccinations
  • Non-tippable food and water bowls

Important Family Documents:

  • Important telephone numbers
  • Record of bank account numbers
  • Family records
  • Inventory of valuable goods
  • Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Record of credit card accounts
  • Copy of passports, Social Security cards, immunization records

Family Medical Needs:

  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Contact lenses and supplies

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

  • My water provider is____________________ phone #_______________(check water bill)
  • My electric provider is___________________phone #_______________(check electric bill)
  •  My gas provider is _____________________phone #_______________(check gas bill)
  • My garbage and debris pick-up is provided by_______________________phone #_______________