COMPREHENSIVE EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST
(Gleaned from U.S. government preparedness
literature. Consider individually each family
member's emotional physical well-being in
your choices. Some items are one-needed only.
Distribute those amongst individual kits.)
 As much water as you can carry
(Extra portable water:
3-5 gallons stored for
sanitation and drinking)
 Method of water purification
 72-Hour supply
 Can opener
Warmth and shelter
 Second fire-starting method
 Tent/shelter/plastic sheeting
 Wool-blend blanket/sleeping bag
 Emergency reflective blanket/bag
 Hand and body warm packs
 Windbreaker/poncho and hat
 Lightweight stove and fuel
 Flashlights, extra batteries
 Pocket knife, pliers
 Shovel or trowel
 Hatchet or axe
 Sewing kit
 50-foot (min.) nylon line
 Duct tape
 Extra house, car keys
 First-aid kit and supplies
with attention to special
needs like allergies, diabeties, etc.
 Burn gel and dressings
 Potassium iodide tablets
 N95 respirator mask
 NOAA Weather/AMFM radio
with batteries or other power
 Whistle with neck cord
 Pencil/pen/paper pad
 Toilet paper and tissues
 Toothbrush and paste
 Female supplies
 Moist towelettes
 Garbage bags, plastic ties
 Cell phone and charger
 Wash cloth/towel
 Complete fresh set:
Heavy socks, underwear,
shoes, and gloves.
 $20 to $100 dollars in
mixed denominations plus
half dozen quarters for
pay phone calls
 Copies of documents important
to your family: birth certs and
marriage licenses, wills, banking
info, insurance info, phone numbers
you might need, credit card info.
 Games, books, hard candy,
inspirational reading, small
toys for kids, paper, crayons,
favorite security items
 Durable water-resistant duffel
bag, frame pack or daypack.
 More food
 Camp stove
 Mess kits and cooking equipment
 Insect repellent
 Portable toilet
 Snake bite kit
 Local map
 Infant needs
 Pet food/water
 First aid book
 Emergency reference material
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
1 - Your kit should be in a portable container
such as a pack, 'rush bag' or large duffel
located near an exit of your house. This is so
you can grab it readily should you need to exit
quickly in an emergency. Do not overload your
kit--you may have to carry it a long distance
in search of safety and/or shelter.
2 - Each family member should have their own
kit with food, clothing and water. Having their
own flashlight helps alleviate anxiety in kids.
Distribute heavy items amongst kits.
3 - Enclose the extra clothing, matches,
personal documents, and other damageable
items in plastic. If it's raining when you
have to evacuate, you will appreciate the
4 - Keep a light source in the top of your kit
so you can find it easily if the power goes out.
5 - Personalize your kit. Make sure to fulfill
the needs of each family member.
6 - Inspect your kit at six-months intervals.
Rotate food and water as necessary. Check
children's clothes for fit. Adjust clothing
for seasonal changes. Check expirations on
batteries, lightsticks, warm packs, food and
7 - Consider the needs of elderly people as
well as those with special needs. E.G., baby
diapers, washcloths, towels, ointments,
bottles and pacifiers.
8 - Defense. It will occur to those who have
not prepared and discover that you have, that
your stash will preserve them.
Your choices are flight or fight.
How you choose to accomplish those are up to
you and depend on your mindset and capabilities.
Whichever you choose, get the appropriate
equipment, develop a plan for your group,
and train, train, train.