Pre-emergency Checklist

You can reduce a lot of effort and stress in the event of a disaster if you have set aside supplies specifically designated for use in an emergency. Consider putting together a larger kit in case you're shut in your home for an extended time, a smaller Go Bag in case you have to evacuate and also a First Aid kit.

Be sure to double check your supplies every 4 months replacing water and any medicines or food which have reached their expiration date.

Emergency Supply Kit
In case your family must remain in your home for an extended period of time with or without utilities. Store together in a water resistant container in an easily accessible spot.

  • Water - one gallon per person, per day. (3 days supply for evacuation, 2 weeks supply for home.)
  • Food - nonperishable and easy to prepare. (3 days supply for evacuation, 2 weeks supply for home.)
  • Battery-powered and or hand crank radio with extra batteries. (NOAA weather radio if possible
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Whistle - used to signal for help
  • Appropriate clothes and shoes for weather
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off your utilities - water, gas, electric
  • Manual can opener for any canned food
  • Paper towels, toilet paper
  • Sleeping bags or warm blankets, pillows for each person
  • Household bleach - to be used as a disinfectant or in an emergency, use to treat water - 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches with added cleaners
  • Multipurpose tool
  • First Aid Kit
Consider the needs of each individual and possibly add the following suggested items:
  • Medical supplies (perscriptions, canes, hearing aids, extra glasses)
  • Baby supplies (formula, bottles, diapers)
  • Pet suppies (food, more water)
  • Games and toys for children
  • Twoway radios
  • Extra car or house keys

Go Bag
In case you must evacuate and get to a shelter or remain on the road for extended periods of time. Store these supplies in an easily carried duffel bag or back pack

  • List of emergency contacts
  • Three days supply of medications and copies of perscriptions
  • List of personal medical information including any drug and/or food allergies
  • 3 days supply of food and water for each person
  • Snacks (that wont spoil)
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Photocopy of personal identification (driver's license, state ID, passport, etc.)
  • Pictures of your family/friends/pets for comfort and to use if separated or lost.
  • Small amount of cash including coins for pay phones
  • Personal hygiene and toiletries
  • Change of socks and undergarments
  • First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
Prepare a first aid kit to meet any injury or health needs. Hospitals and first responders may be overwhelmed. Consider making two to keep in your home and your car. The following is recommended for a family of 4. Adjust as needed.

  • Weather tight box or bag
  • 2 absorbant compress dressings (5x9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 10 yards of adhesive cloth tape
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one way valve)

  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of nonlatex gloves (size:large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3x3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4x4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First Aid Manual (be sure to read it thoroughly before you have to use your own kit)
  • Extra perscription meds