We have found that most sources suggest storing similar supplies to have on hand in the event of an emergency. The following is a list of the most common items we found:
□ supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
□ first aid kit and prescription medications
□ extra pair of glasses , or contact solution
□ credit cards and cash
□ change of clothes and sturdy shoes
□ battery powered radio, and extra batteries
□ blankets/sleeping bags, rain poncho, body warmer, glow stick, tarp or tent
□ list of emergency plan contact info
□ booster cables for car, car shovel, rope, N95 dust mask, working gloves
□ flashlight with batteries , or hand-crank flashlight
□ wind/waterproof matches, and candle, plastic trash bags
□ hygiene products (baby stuff, soap, tooth care, tp, hair ties, wet wipes)
□ games, books, hard candy, toys
□ tire repair kit and pump, duct tape, swiss army knife, and over the counter medications, maps of surrounding areas, sewing kit, blank CD for SOS or signaling for help, whistle, multipurpose tool (screwdriver, knife, saw, pliers, can opener etc), PowerCap (baseball type hat with built in headlights)
For some additional suggestions and reader-submitted tips for your kits, click here.
72 Hour Kit of Food
When preparing for an emergency, it is recommended that you put together a kit of food to last you 72 hours. You can follow detailed instructions and build your own, put together a custom one from ideas, or buy pre-made ones. We recommend doing whichever option fits your style:
Detailed Instructions: If you want it laid out for you step by step including a shopping list and contents list for one particular example of a 72 Hour Kit, follow our 72 Hour Kit milk jug instructions.
Create Your Own: If you want to have more flexibility over your meal options, you can customize your kit using our new Meal Planner Worksheet. For tons of suggestions on types of foods to include depending on your personal situation, click here.
Already Made: To purchase pre-made kits, visit emergency preparedness stores, or online sites.
Everything from a basic one person kit to a deluxe kit for the whole family.
Create a completely custom emergency kit for your family using their Emergency Planner.
An emergency binder is a compilation of important documents. In the event of an emergency, you could grab your binder and go with all your documents. We recommend storing your binder in a fireproof/ waterproof locked box that is small enough to be transported with you in an emergency.
□ birth certificates
□ social security cards
□ copies of your credit cards front and back
□ homeowners insurance policy
□ auto insurance policy
□ life insurance policy
□ bank statements
□ retirement statements
□ *internet passwords (banking, personal, work etc)
□ immunization records
□ utility statements
□ work/tax documents that would be difficult to replace
□ CASH – keep a variety of small bills on hand
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