|Drinking Water||Three gallons of drinking water stored for each person|
|Sanitation Water||Two gallons of washing water for each person (or have a plan for accessing water)|
|Shelter||Tent or preplanned location for gathering and shelter|
|Wool-blend blanket or sleeping bag||One for each person, in waterproof bag or container|
|Camp stove and fuel||Store fuel in safe, yet accessible location|
|Cooking pots & utensils||Include manual can opener|
|Flashlights||One for each person - LED type preferred|
|AM/FM Radio with batteries||Self powered wind-up "Freeplay" type preferred.|
|Alkaline or lithium batteries||Enough batteries to run all flashlights and radio continuously for 3 days|
|Long-burning Candle||Preferably in "hurricane" fixture or other safety enclosure|
|Mantle lantern||With extra mantles and sufficient fuel for three days continuous use|
|"Cyalume" light sticks||For use as markers and to comfort small children|
|Second method to start fire||Butane lighter or sparker|
|Disposable plates, cups and utensils. Paper towels.|
|Ziplock bags||Various sizes|
|Duct tape||Six large rolls|
|Plastic sheeting||Six large 2-mil tarps minimum. More are better. Thicker is better.|
|Tools||Include shovel, hatchet or axe, pocket knife|
|First aid kit and supplies||With first aid manual. Include burn gel and large dressings|
|Prescription medicines taken regularly||Consume every six months and replace with fresh bottle|
|Bottle of potassium iodide tablets||In case of radiation exposure|
|Emergency battery pack for cell phone||Make sure phone is accessible and operational in shelter location|
|50-foot nylon rope and heavy-duty nylon tarp with grommets||For emergency shelter construction|
|Whistle with neck cord|
|Makeshift toilet||Can be made from a five-gallon spackle bucket and toilet seat|
|13-gallon trash can liners||For toilet liner and other uses|
|Nitrile rubber gloves||Small and large sizes.|
|Bottle of disinfectant||Lysol and/or Clorox|
|Personal comfort kit||Soap, toothbrush and paste, comb, tissue, sanitary napkins, razor, and other needed items. Sewing kit.|
|Spare eyeglasses||In case main set are broken or unavailable|
|Pet food and supplies||Include extra drinking water for pet|
|Fire extinguisher||Class ABC type|
|Money||At least $500 in kit. Include small bills, quarters for phone calls, large bills for bribes.|
|Important Papers||Copies of important documents: wills, birth certificates, insurance forms, emergency phone numbers.|
|Pillows and foam sleeping pads||Not essential but very nice to have|
|Stress Relievers||Games, books, hard candy. For children: small toys, paper and pen, small stuffed animal.|
|Extra Clothing||A complete outfit of appropriate clothing for each family member. Include extra socks, underwear, hat, sturdy shoes, and gloves|
|Emergency reflective blanket|
|Durable water resistant duffel bag, frame pack or day pack||In case of evacuation|
|(1) Your kit should be placed in portable containers
located near an exit of your house. This is so you can grab them on your way
out of the house in a serious emergency. Do not overload your kit – you may
have to carry it long distances to reach safety or shelter.
(2) Each family member should have their own kit with food, clothing and water. Distribute heavy items between kits.
(3) Enclose the extra clothing, matches, personal documents, and other items damageable by smoke or water in plastic to protect them. If it's raining when you have to evacuate, you will appreciate the dry clothes.
(4) Keep a small LED flashlight (preferably with long-life lithium batteries) in the top of your kit, so you can find it quickly in the dark.
(5) Personalize your kit. Make sure you fill the needs of each family member.
(6) Inspect your kit at least twice a year. Rotate food and water. Check children's clothing for proper fit. Adjust clothing for winter or summer needs. Check expiration dates on batteries, light sticks, warm packs, food and water.
(7) Consider the needs of elderly people as well as those with disabilities or other special needs. For example: for babies, store diapers, washcloth, ointment, bottles and pacifiers, and other special supplies.
(8) Make copies of important personal/business documents and store them in a safe place.
(9) Identify an out of state contact person so family and friends can communicate with you during an emergency.
(10) Develop an individual/family/business emergency plan.
(11) Plan for a meeting place if you cannot meet at home
(12) Discuss what children should do if at school
(13) Coordinate with neighbors for pick-up if children attend the same school
(14) Designate a surrogate parent for your children if you are not able to tend to them
(15) Provide all of this information to your child’s school
(16) Learn how to locate and shut-off (if necessary) power, water, and gas.
Updated September, 2011