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





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)


Assorted sizes of safety pins

Cotton balls


Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant


CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

First aid manual

Non-Prescription and Prescription Medicine Kit Supplies





Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever

Anti-diarrhea medication

Antacid (for stomach upset)




Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses

Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies



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


Feminine supplies

Equipment and 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)


Small canister, ABC-type fire extinguisher

Comfort Items

Tube tent







Work gloves




Paper, pens, and pencils


Toys for kids


Needles and thread




Battery-operated travel alarm clock


Food and 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








Special foods for infants or persons on special diets




Cookies, hard candy




Instant coffee








Powdered milk




Clothes and Bedding Supplies


Complete change of clothes


Sturdy shoes or boots


Rain gear


Hat and gloves


Extra socks


Extra underwear


Thermal underwear




Blankets/sleeping bags and pillows


Documents and Keys



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








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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