Emergency Supplies Checklist

Mar 19, 2016 | Add to Cozi, Blog

Preparing for disaster is something we all know we should do, but have you?

Spend a weekend this month to get your family and home prepared for an emergency, natural disaster, or even the next power outage. Make an emergency plan, collect important information, and stock this list of emergency food and supplies.

(Items listed are from first aid supplies lists from Ready.gov and FEMA.)


Emergency Supplies Checklist

  • Store a three-day supply of water: 1 gallon per person per day
  • Commercially bottled water recommended
  • FOOD
  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Staples: sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs
  • Comfort/stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags
  • Latex, or sterile, gloves (2 pair)
  • Sterile dressings
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages is assorted sizes
  • Eye wash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications and medical supplies
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative
  • Sunscreen
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and a NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust masks
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Nonelectric can opener, utility knife
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for pet
  • Important family documents
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Emergency reference materials
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Paper, pencil
  • Activities for children: books, games, puzzles
  • Sunglasses
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid

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