Basic Preparations for Emergencies Emergency Preparedness

Here is a very basic list of items to have on hand in case of any emergency.

  • Several Flashlights.
  • An ample supply of Lithium batteries (lithium lasts longer).
  • A good first aid kit.
  • Water, One gallon per person per day.
  • Candles with matches/lighters.
  • Emergency canned food that is high in protein such as Beans, Peanut Butter, Beef stew. Items that have a long shelf life, are ready to eat, and need no preparation. At least a three-day supply per person (I recommend a 30-day supply).
  • An emergency self-powered radio that can be charged with a hand crank or solar charged.
  • Make sure you have any prescription medicines you need on hand!
  • A whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional items to consider:

  • Infant formula and diapers.
  • Pet food, water, and supplies for your pet.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a portable waterproof container.
  • Cash and change – ATM machines will not be functioning without electricity.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Fire Extinguis her.
  • Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items and hand sanitizer.
  • Mess kits, Paper cups, plates and disposable utensils, paper towels.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children.
  • VHF/UHF Two-way Radio