Emergency Kit Checklist for the Home

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.
  • Pet food
  • Comfort/stress foods - cookies, hard candy, suckers, sweetened cereal, instant coffee, tea bags, powdered drink mixes, etc.

First Aid


  • Purchase a pre-assembled first aid kit, or assemble the items below in a waterproof container or bag:
    • Ace bandage(s)
    • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antibiotic ointment or gel
    • Antiseptic towelettes
    • Assorted sizes of safety pins and needles
    • Box of baking soda
    • Cleansing agent (isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and/or soap)
    • Cold and heat packs
    • Contact lens solution and supplies
    • Cotton and cotton swabs
    • Dental repair kit
    • Disposable face shield for rescue breathing
    • Disposable gloves
    • Extra eye-glasses
    • Eye wash solution
    • Face masks with N95 rated particulate filter and/or nanomasks
    • First aid manual
    • Flashlight and batteries (check often, or remove batteries during storage)
    • Gauze pads
    • Hand lotion
    • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Lip balm with SPF
    • Liquid bandage to seal cuts and scrapes
    • Moleskin for blisters
    • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    • Plastic bags
    • Roller gauze
    • Scissors
    • Snake bit kit with extractor
    • Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and 3 or 4 star UVA protection
    • Thermometer
    • Tweezers
  • Non-prescription Drugs
    • Activated charcoal for poison emergencies
    • Antacid for upset stomach
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antihistamine and decongestant for allergic reactions or allergies and sinus problems
    • Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium
    • Laxative
    • Potassium Iodide
    • 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

  • Aluminum foil
  • Batteries that are checked every six months
  • Battery-operated radio
  • 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
  • Compass
  • 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
  • Signal flares
  • 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
  • Utility knife
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Whistle to call for help in an emergency
  • Wrench to turn off household utilities.


Store sanitation items in waterproof containers or plastic bags

  • Disinfectant
  • 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

Special Items

  • 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>
  • For Infants
    • Bottles, formula, powdered milk, cereals and juice
    • Diapers, baby wipes and diaper rash ointment
    • Medications
    • Small soft toys
  • For Elderly and Disabled
    • Bladder control garments and pads
    • Denture needs
    • 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
  • For Pets
    • Bowls
    • 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
    • Chew toys
    • 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.
    • Grooming items
    • 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
    • Pet first aid book and kit
    • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or muzzles
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