Emergency Supplies List

Emergency Supplies List

Having the proper tools and supplies goes a long way in answering the challenges that face individuals and families. The weather activities of 2010 should have been a series of wake up events. How a family or a person is prepared is a good indication of how long and how effective isolation can be endured.

Not only will this collection of preparedness items be a help from storm-related emergencies; they can be helpful if emergency service providers request an alternative to evacuation in the event of certain localized or regional events. Police, fire, and military personnel have learned that staying inside the protection of a dwelling can be much safer than attempting to go to distant locations of safety.

If required to stay inside a living area helps address the needs to being prepared. Water is the most important health and safety item. Experts cite that 2-quarts (a half gallon) of water each day is a minimum for a normally active person. Families must remember to add water quantities for food preparation and hygiene. Also, pet needs must be included in the home reservoir of stored water.

Will water last forever? No, not indefinitely. The water can be stored for long periods of time if this water is kept in a dark place. However, it is wise to rotate water every few months. The water that is being replaced need not be discarded. It can be used for plant watering other non-drinking uses.

When water is stored, its taste appeal my change, even with short storage times. This problem can be solved by pouring and re-pouring stored water into other containers. This simple procedure adds air (and dissolved oxygen) to water that has “gone flat.”

Food needs cannot be ignored. Store a minimum of a 3-day supply of food is a good start. Consider storing foods that do not require detailed preparation steps.

First Aid Supplies

Supplies

Home

Vehicle

Work

Adhesive bandages, various sizes

5 " x 9 " sterile dressing

Conforming roller gauze bandage

Triangular bandages

3 " x 3 " sterile gauze pads

4 " x 4 " sterile gauze pads

Roll 3 " cohesive bandage

Germicidal hand wipes or waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Antiseptic wipes

Pairs large, medical grade, non-latex gloves

Tongue depressor blades

Adhesive tape, 2 " width

Antibacterial ointment

Cold pack

Scissors (small, personal)

Tweezers

Assorted sizes of safety pins

Cotton balls

Thermometer

Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Sunscreen

CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

First aid manual

Non-Prescription and Prescription Medicine Kit Supplies

Supplies

Home

Vehicle

Work

Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever

Anti-diarrhea medication

Antacid (for stomach upset)

Laxative

Vitamins

Prescriptions

Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses

Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies

Item

Item

Washcloth and towel

Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags and ties for personal sanitation uses and toilet paper

Towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer

Medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid

Tooth paste, toothbrushes

Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach

Shampoo, comb, and brush

A small shovel for digging a latrine

Deodorants, sunscreen

Toilet paper

Razor, shaving cream

Contact lens solutions

Lip balm, insect repellent

Mirror

Feminine supplies

Equipment and Tools

Tools

Kitchen items

Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries

Manual can opener

NOAA Weather Radio, if appropriate for your area

Mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

Flashlight and extra batteries

All-purpose knife

Signal flare

Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water

Matches in a waterproof container (or waterproof matches)

Sugar, salt, pepper

Shut-off wrench, pliers, shovel, and other tools

Aluminum foil and plastic wrap

Duct tape and scissors

Resealable plastic bags

Plastic sheeting

Small cooking stove and a can of cooking fuel (if food must be cooked)

Whistle

Small canister, ABC-type fire extinguisher

Comfort Items

Tube tent

Games

 

Compass

 

Cards

 

Work gloves

 

Books

 

Paper, pens, and pencils

 

Toys for kids

 

Needles and thread

 

Foods

 

Battery-operated travel alarm clock

 

Food and Water

Supplies

Home

Vehicle

Work

Water

 

 

 

Ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables

 

 

 

Canned or boxed juices, milk, and soup

 

 

 

High-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, low-sodium crackers, granola bars, and trail mix

 

 

 

Vitamins

 

 

 

Special foods for infants or persons on special diets

 

 

 

Cookies, hard candy

 

 

 

Instant coffee

 

 

 

Cereals

 

 

 

Powdered milk

 

 

 

Clothes and Bedding Supplies

Item

Complete change of clothes

 

Sturdy shoes or boots

 

Rain gear

 

Hat and gloves

 

Extra socks

 

Extra underwear

 

Thermal underwear

 

Sunglasses

 

Blankets/sleeping bags and pillows

 

Documents and Keys

Item

Stored

Personal identification

 

Cash and coins

 

Credit cards

 

Extra set of house keys and car keys

 

Copies of the following:

 

Birth certificate

 

Marriage certificate

 

Driver's license

 

Social Security cards

 

Passports

 

Wills

 

Deeds

 

Inventory of household goods

 

Insurance papers

 

Immunization records

 

Bank and credit card account numbers

 

Stocks and bonds

 

Emergency contact list and phone numbers

 

Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go

 

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