Emergency Preparedness Kit Recommendations for Your Home, Office & Car

This is your most important item. You will need water to drink, for first aid, and to take medicine. Be sure to stock 1 gallon per person per day at home. In your car or office kit, have at least 1 gallon of water.

Food is important for psychological reasons, and to keep your blood sugar level up to avoid dizzy or shaky feelings. People with diabetes, heart disease, or other health problems should consult their physicians for advice about the food for their kits. The healthy general public should select foods like crackers, peanut butter, and snack packs of fruit, granola bars, dried fruit, and single serving cans of juice. A good rule is to plan on 4 light meals per day.

Light Source
A chemical light stick provides long shelf life and a sparkless source of light. A flashlight with a special long-life battery is also recommended.

Your radio is your source for emergency broadcast information. Get a list of EBS/EAS stations for the areas where you live, work, and areas you drive to or through. Keep this list in your glove compartment and in your emergency kit. You should also keep a small battery operated radio at work. Be sure to change the batteries every 6 months, even if the radio is not used.
  • KCBS 740 KHz on AM Dial
  • KSJO 92.3 MHz on FM Dial
Emergency Blanket
Mylar emergency blankets are available at camping good stores. A thermal blanket may be substituted.

First Aid Supplies
  • A large cloth square for a sling or tourniquet
  • Anti-bacterial ointment burn cream
  • Aspirin
  • Band-aids in a variety of sizes
  • Chemical ice pack
  • Eye wash
  • Large gauze pads
  • Rolls of first aid tape
  • Rolls of gauze
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
Also, carry with you at all times a minimum 3-day supply of any prescription medications you must take. Keep this supply fresh by rotating it as needed. Also include any special medications you often use:
  • Allergy remedies
  • Antihistamine
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Indigestion medication
  • Nose drops
Personal Care & Hygiene Items
  • 6 large garbage bags with ties for sanitation and waste disposal
  • Box of tissues
  • Container of Handi-Wipes or similar product
  • Plastic bucket to use as a toilet
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Small plastic bottle of disinfectant
Your smaller kit items can be stored in your bucket inside a sealed trash bag.

Don't Forget Your Pets
Include a leash, food, and water for your pet. A pet carrier that is easy to move can provide shelter and comfort for your dog, cat, or other domestic pet following a disaster.

Cash & Vital Records
Keep a supply of cash in the event ATMs and/or credit card machines aren’t working. Store an extra set of vital documents in a safe deposit box or fire proof safe/container.

Additional Items to Consider
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Hat/sun visor
  • Mouthwash
  • Pencil and tablet
  • Rope or string
  • Sturdy shoes (especially if your work shoes are not good for walking)
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Whistle (to attract attention and call for help)
Don't Let Your Gas Tank Fall Below Half Full
The radio and heater in your car may save your life, but you can’t run the car’s accessories long without the gas to start the engine and re-charge the battery. If you travel in isolated areas, on the freeway, or far from home, an adequate gasoline supply is crucial. Fill up often. After an earthquake the gas pumps may not work for several days while electrical power is restored and once the pumps work, the supplies will quickly be depleted through panic buying. Never carry cans of gas in your trunk.

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