Emergency kit checklist
Emergency supply kit checklist
Emergency supply kits are intended to provide for your needs in the event you must evacuate your home, quickly. Each person’s kit can be stored in a backpack or duffel bag, near the front door, for quick access.
Additional food, water and emergency supplies, for a longer duration can be stored in the home, for times when you are able to take shelter in place – such as a power outage, severe storm or quarantine due to pandemic.
Make sure that somewhere in the house, easily accessible and if necessary labeled, you keep a wrench or pliers, for turning off utilities, if needed.
Experts also recommend keeping kits at your workplace and in your vehicle. If you typically wear shoes impractical for walking, make sure your kit includes sturdy walking shoes.
Recommended items for the emergency evacuation kit include:
n One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation, plus water for pets.
n At least a three-day supply of food, for both people and pets, preferably non-perishable, ready-to-eat items like peanut butter or granola bars, and possibly a means of heating.
n Dishes, utensils and a manual can opener if your kit includes canned foods.
n Any special needs items, such as prescription medicines, extra glasses, hearing aid batteries, infant formula, baby food, diapers, pet supplies and so forth.
n A firstaid kit, first aid booklet, a battery-operated or hand-crank weather radio, a set of flashlights and extra batteries.
n A whistle, a supply of matches in a waterproof container and dust masks for filtering out particulates.
n A change of clothing and shoes, some type of bedding, a tent or other form of portable shelter, a pair of heavy work gloves and a set of protective goggles.
n Copies of important documents, such as insurance policies, photo identification, bank account information, a home inventory analysis and pet rabies certificates.
n Cash, as ATMs may not be operating in some types of disasters.
n Books, magazines, games, or puzzles, for children and adults, and comfort items for small children.
n A list of contact phone numbers, a pen, a small notebook and a set of road maps.