Preparedness List

Justina Schiroo · July 28, 2016

This is a suggested list of items to have available in case of emergency. This list was compiled from,, the NFPA, DHS and CDC sites and should serve as a starting point to customize for your needs.

In your Home

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (3 meals/day/person)
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Alternative cooking method (grill, camp stove)
  • Battery-powered/hand crank radio/NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

In an Evacuation Kit

  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
  • Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate (Hats, gloves)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Contact lenses or glasses
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion, chapstick, etc.
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Rain gear/poncho
  • Battery-powered/hand crank radio/NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Local maps
  • Non-prescription drugs such as pain reliever, antacid
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Medicine dropper for disinfecting with bleach
  • Matches in a waterproof container/lighter
  • Paper and pencil
  • Cards
  • Photo of family members, pets
  • Emergency blanket
  • Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
  • Whistle

In a First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • Hydrocortisone and/or calamine lotion
  • Aloe vera
  • Hand sanitizer packs
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen or other pain medication
  • Benadryl
  • Bandages
  • Cold compress
  • Triangular sling/bandage
  • Trauma pad
  • Gauze
  • First aid tape roll
  • Gauze roll bandage
  • CPR one-way valve face shield
  • Exam gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers and/or needle
  • Small flashlight
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book

In your Car

  • Winter clothing (coat, hat, gloves, boots)
  • Reflective clothing or cones
  • Flashlight
  • Tow strap

Other Needs to Consider

  • Supplies for infants and toddlers
  • Medications or medical equipment for long-term use
  • Supplies for elderly or infirm individuals
  • Pet food and extra water (1 gal/3 days) for your pet

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