Add to Cozi: CDC Emergency Kit Checklist for Families

Mar 5, 2020 | Add to Cozi, Blog

See the full article from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

It is always a good idea to have a well stocked emergency kit in your home to prepare and protect your family from the unforeseen. The kit should have items you and your family may need in case of an emergency in which you may have to stay inside for longer than usual or if the electricity goes out. Add the below recommended CDC checklist to your Cozi To Do Lists today.

Here’s some tips for creating and packing your kit:

  • Keep canned or packaged food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Set a reminder to check the expiration dates at least twice per year
  • Set a reminder to replace water supply every six months
  • Update your kit as your family’s needs change with new medications and larger clothes for growing kids
  • Prepare separate kits for your home, work, and your vehicle since you never know where you’ll be when an emergency happens
  • You will need a large plastic bins or boxes to put your items in
  • Place an updated copy of the checklist inside the large plastic bin or box once your kit is put together to know what is inside the kit


CDC Emergency Kit Checklist for Families

  • 3-day water supply (at least a gallon per person per day)
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food (dried fruit, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Manual can opener
  • Mess kits, paper plates, plastic cups, utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Change of clothes appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes – for each person in the house
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for everyone in your family
  • A favorite stuffed animal or blanket for each child
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and hand sanitizer
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Moist towelettes or baby wipes
  • Toilet paper (at least two rolls)
  • Sunblock
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • First aid kit
  • At least a two-week supply of prescription medicines for each family member, including medicine name, dose, pharmacy name and number, and doctor’s name and number
  • Non-prescription medicines, such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medicine, antacids and laxatives
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Plastic sheeting, and duct tape to help filter contaminated air and shelter in place
  • Cell phone with charger, extra battery, and solar charger
  • Local maps
  • Copies of important family documents (medical records, insurance policies, ID card, bank records) in waterproof, portable container
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Identification to be carried by each child in case your family members become separated
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other fun things to do
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Matches in a waterproof container or re-sealable plastic bag
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Dust-masks
  • Latex gloves or an alternative (such as nitrile or vinyl gloves) for individuals with latex allergies
  • PETS
  • Water (3-day supply per pet)
  • Pet food (3-day supply)
  • Food/water bowls
  • Medical records
  • Two-week supply of medicines (if any)
  • Recent photos of your pets
  • Disposable bags/litter tray for clean up
  • Toys and bones
  • One blanket per pet

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