Emergency Checklists


Basic Needs and Supplies Checklist

  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food; ideally include foods that do not need cooking
  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • Battery-or crank-powered radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs (do not use candles)
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (toilet paper, feminine products)
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Cell phone with an extra battery and charger  
  • Whistle (to attract the attention of emergency personnel)
  • One change of clothing
  • Blanket
  • Manual can opener
  • Photocopies of personal documents/identification
  • Insurance agent’s name and number
  • Cash and coins (ATMs may not be accessible)
  • Pet supplies (including food & vaccination records)
  • Map of the local area
  • Extra set of keys (car, house, etc.)
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Family and friends’ emergency contact information
  • Pack of cards to provide entertainment and pass the time

Cold Weather Supplies Checklist
It is possible that you will not have heat during or after a disaster. Think about your clothing and bedding needs. Be sure to include one set of the following for each person:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Long pants and long-sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Hat, mittens and scarf
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket

Vehicle Supplies Checklist

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Maps
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Tire repair kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable foods such as granola bars
  • Winter: Blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains, windshield scraper, florescent distress flag
  • Summer: Sunscreen lotion SPF 15 or higher, shade item (umbrella, wide-brimmed hat, etc.)