FEMA and the Red Cross recommend keeping enough supplies in your home to meet your family's needs for at least three days. An Emergency Kit that can support your family for up to two weeks is optimal. Whether you need to update your emergency kit, or completely start from scratch, this checklist will give you plenty of ideas to ensure that you have everything you need.
Store enough water for at least 3 to 5 days. Store extra water for pets.
Store one gallon of water per person per day for drinking, food preparation and sanitation.
Know how to purify water if necessary.
Try to select and store foods that you do not have to refrigerate, prepare, or cook, and that require little if any water:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits and vegetables
Manual can opener
Canned juices, milk, soups (store water for powdered/cubed soups)
Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
High energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, nuts, jerky, dried fruits, emergency food bars, etc.
Vitamins and herbs (e.g. a good multiple vitamin, Vitamins C & E, garlic pills to boost immune, L-Tyrosine for stress)
Foods for infants, elderly persons, or persons with special diets.
Comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, suckers, sweetened cereal, instant coffee, tea bags, powdered drink mixes, etc.
Purchase a pre-assembled first aid kit, or assemble the items below in a waterproof container or bag:
Face masks with N95 rated particulate filter and/or nanomasks
First aid manual
Flashlight and batteries (check often, or remove batteries during storage)
Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Lip balm with SPF
Liquid bandage to seal cuts and scrapes
Moleskin for blisters
Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Snake bit kit with extractor
Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and 3 or 4 star UVA protection
Activated charcoal for poison emergencies
Antacid for upset stomach
Antihistamine and decongestant for allergic reactions or allergies and sinus problems
Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium
Vitamins and herbs
Prescription Drugs - Make arrangements with your doctor or pharmacist to store a 3-month supply of medications and supplies since it may be hard to get prescriptions filled during a disaster. Check labels for expiration dates.
Tools and Emergency Supplies
Batteries that are checked every six months
Battery-operated travel alarm clock
Cash or traveler's check and some change
CD that can be used as a reflector to signal planes if stranded
Flashlight and extra bulbs
Fire extinguisher, small canister, ABC type
Generator(Know how to use and store it in advance)
Manual can opener
Map of area
Matches, lighters and candles in a waterproof container
Medicine dropper to measure bleach to purify water
Mess Kit, or a few pots and pans
Needles and thread
Paper and pencils stored in a small plastic bag to keep dry
Paper or plastic cups, plates, utensils
Plastic sheeting for shelter lean-to
Resealable plastic bags
Small hand tools (pliers, screwdrivers, shovel or trowel, etc)
Solar/handcrank charger for cell phone, PDA, etc
Sterno or small camp stove and mini propane bottle
Tape (plastic or duct), rope, twine and bungee cords
Whistle to call for help in an emergency
Wrench to turn off household utilities.
Store sanitation items in waterproof containers or plastic bags
Feminine supplies such as tampons, pads, etc
Household chlorine bleach
Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste/backing soda, brush/comb, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, etc
Plastic garbage bags with twist ties and small plastic grocery bags
Plastic bucket with tight lid for human waste use
Soap, liquid detergent, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, moist towelettes, or sanitizing wipes, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
Toilet paper and baby wipes
Wash cloths and hand/bath towels
Clothing and Bedding
At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person
Sturdy shoes or work boots and socks
Hats, work and regular gloves, and thermal underwear
Blankets or sleeping bags
Rain gear, poncho, or plastic garbage bags that can be used as such
Safety glasses and/or sunglasses
Small stuffed animal, toy or book for each child
Entertainment such as games, books, and playing cards
Important family documents in a waterproof portable safe container
Extra set of car keys, cash, traveler's checks and credit card
Passports, social security #s/cards, immunization records
Bank account numbers
Credit card numbers, card companies and phone numbers
Inventory of valuable household goods
Family records such as birth, marriage, death certificates and photo IDs
Recent pictures of all family members and pets for identification needs. n>
Bottles, formula, powdered milk, cereals and juice
Diapers, baby wipes and diaper rash ointment
Small soft toys
For Elderly and Disabled
Bladder control garments and pads
Extra hearing aid batteries
Extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters or any other special equipment
A list of style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemaker, defibrillator, etc, and copy of Medicare card
List of prescription medications and dosages or allergies
Special medicines for heart, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Store backup equipment (such as a manual wheelchair, walker, cane) at a neighbor's house, or at another location
Cage or carrier and bedding: Carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down
Cat litter box, litter, scoop, and garbage bags to collect pet waste
Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated
Food and water for at least five days for each pet.Treats
Information about your pet's feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior problems.
Manual can opener for canned pet food
Medications and copies of medical/immunization records stored in a waterproof container
Name and number of your veterinarian in case you need to board your animals or get medical attention for them