Emergency Disaster Kit Checklist

FEMA recommends keeping a 3 day supply of basic supplies of water, food and other necessities just in case you need to survive on your own after a disaster.  Make sure that all household family members are aware of its location. The kit you prepare should be portable to that you are able to carry it with you at a moments notice in case of a disaster.

Why keep a kit handy?

  1. Disaster personal and rescue workers may reach you in only a few hours or it may take a few days.   It is important to keep a sufficient amount of supplies to last you at least 3 days.  
  2. Basic services may be suspended: During disasters basic services like water, telephones, gas, electricity and sewerage may be cut out for days or even weeks.
  3. Evacuation: You may be ordered to evacuate at a moments notice. Having basic supplies at arms reach will be invaluable to you as you will likely be unable to shop for these necessities once a disaster strikes. 

Disaster Supply kit Essentials:

Water, food, first aid kit, basic equipment & tools and items for people with special needs (infants and the infirm). 

Do I need to have additional kits:

It’s a good idea to keep a similar kit in your car and at work as you never know when or where a disaster is likely to strike? 

Work: food, water and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. 
Car: food, water, first-aid kit, jumper cables and flares. 
How to store and maintain your kit:
Keep kit in a cool dry place. 
Make your kit portable by storing it in a backpack or another easy to carry container. 
Water and Food for 3 days
It is recommended that you make allowances for 1 gallon per person per day
__No. Household members x 3 =__
  • Non-perishable pre-packaged food is recommended. 
  • Boxed/Bottled: juice milk soup
  • Dried/powdered foods: Cereals, Soup, milk, Sugar
  • Canned vegetables meat
  • Seasonings: Salt and Pepper
  • Comfort foods/Sweet treats: cookies, hard candy and coffee. 
  • High energy snacks: trail-mix, granola, fruit preserve, peanut butter, and low-sodium crackers. 
  • Special Needs foods for elderly, infants and pets. 
  • Vitamins
Basic Hygiene and sanitation
  • Toothpaste and Tooth brushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Hand sanitizer/ wet wipes
  • Washcloth, drying towels
  • Feminine supplies
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Mirror
  • Chlorine bleach and household bleach for disinfecting ( fragrance free)
  • Small shovel to dig a latrine
  • Heavy duty garbage bags and ties
  • Medium sized bucket with tight lid
  • Label maker to mark dates on kit
Special Needs
  • Baby food/ formula
  • Diapers
  • Wet wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Powdered milk
  • Comfort medicines: Tylenol, Mylicon (gas drops) and Ocean Spray (for nasal congestion)
  • Nursing water (a special cleaner water for babies) 
  • Blankets
  • Binkies/’special toys’
Sick or Elderly:
  • Denture needs
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Adult incontinence aids
  • Prescription medications
  • Wire cage or carrier
  • Collar and leash with identification tags
  • Muzzle if required
  • Up to date copy of immunizations. Rabies-immunization info attached to collar tag if necessary.
Basic Equipment
  • Flash light (wind-up rechargeable ones are available)
  • Compass
  • Tube tent
  • Matches water-proof container
  • Swedish fire steel (flint)
  • Work gloves
  • Small sewing kit
  • Small travel alarm clock battery operated)
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Water tight storage containers
  • Water tight drain plugs
  • Medicine dropper
  • Keep fuel takes filled
  • Keys
Medical supplies
  • Prescription medications and a detailed list on how to take them
  • Pain relievers (Aspirin and non-aspirin)
  • Antacids
  • Laxatives
  • Cough medicine
  • Vitamins
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Contact lenses solution
  • Spare hearing aid batteries
  • Bug repellant
Cooking utensils and storage
  • Small cooking/camping stove
  • Fuel
  • Cooking utensil
  • Jack knife or all-purpose-knife
  • Manual Can/bottle Opener
  • Paper plates and cups or mess kits
  • Plastic utensils
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Re-sealable plastic bags
  • Household liquid bleach( attach medicine dropper to bottle if you will be using bleach to disinfect water) to treat drinking water, iodine tablets
  • Water purifier
  • Storage containers for water.
First Aid Kit
 * New emergency laws allow you to get 30 day supply of prescription
  • First aid manual
  • CPR breathing barrier
  • Bandages in assorted sizes.  
  • Conforming roller gauze bandages
  • Sterile Gauze pads: 3”x3”, 4” x 4”
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Antiseptic wipes (Wet wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer like Purelle
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue depressor blades
  • Cold pack
  • Adhesive tape 2” width
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Gloves: Non-latex medical grade (size- Large)
  • Safety pins
  • Sunscreen
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or lubricant
  • Compression stockings
Important documents
Make photocopies of all important documents, and store them with a friend or in a safety deposit box outside the hurricane zone. An alternative is to store an electronic copy online in a secure account. 
  • Emergency cash- enough for 2 weeks, coins
  • Personal identification
  • Drivers license
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social security card
  • Immunization records
  • Passport
  • Marriage license
  • Medical records
  • Will
  • Deed to properties
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Insurance documentation
  • Inventory of household items and goods (visual or written)
  • All banking and credit account numbers and details. 
  • Emergency contact list of phone numbers. 
  • Map of evacuation zone and numbers of nearby shelters. 
  • Nails
  • Hammer,
  • Screw drivers,
  • Shut off wrench to turn of gas and water 
  • Axe
  • Crow bar
  • Box cutter
  • 5 gallon gas cans (at least 2)
  • Funnel for gas can
  • Fire extinguisher (small ABC-type)
  • Compass
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Note Paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Solar powered charger for iPod, and mobile phones flashlight is available
  • Whistle
  • Signal flares
Bedding and Clothing
  • Waterproof storage bag
  • A change of clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Hat and gloves
  • A hardy pair of boots/walking □shoes
  • Extra socks
  • Thermal underwear
  • Bedding: sleeping bags and □pillows
  • Sunglasses
  • Space blankets
  • A pack of cards
  • Games
  • iPod Mp3 player and charger (stock with audio books)
  • Toys for children
  • Books
Attachment:  emergency-check-list.pdf
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