One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Flashlight and extra batteries
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air. Include plastic sheeting and duct tape to secure a room.
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Hand-operated can opener for food
Local area maps marked with locations of closest relief stations
Phone, not a wireless model
Matches in a waterproof container
Energy Bars sealed in individual packets
Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. Make digital copies stored on a computer 'jump drive' and send to a relative living out of your area.
Cash or traveler's checks and change
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
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.
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper; can be used as a disinfectant when diluted nine parts water to one part bleach. In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners or chemicals.
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children