1. phone that does not require electricity to operate
2. water supply
a. One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
b. Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
c. Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
d. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
3. emergency supply of any medications necessary (ask Dr. how to get up to a 3 month supply)
4. personal hygiene items
5. First Aid supplies
Things you should have for First Aid:
Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Burn ointment to prevent infection.
Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
Things it may be good to have:
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Aspirin or no aspirin pain reliever
Antacid (for upset stomach)
6. flashlights (with spare batteries)
7. safely hooked up generator with spare gas
8. battery operated radio (with spare batteries)
9. extra food supply (we recommend 2 weeks to 3 months supply- see “5 month calendar” for reference)
Store at least a two week supply of non-perishable food.
Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
Choose foods your family will eat:
a. Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
b. Protein or fruit bars
c. Dry cereal or granola
d. Peanut butter
e. Dried fruit
h. Canned juices
i. Non-perishable pasteurized milk
j. High energy foods
l. Food for infants
m. Comfort/stress foods
10. if you can shelter others, plan on a food/water supply
for them as well
11. extra food/water for pets (again 2 weeks to 3 month
12. extra formula/diapers if necessary
13. extra eyeglasses
14. matches in waterproof container
15. fire extinguisher
16. dust mask/plastic sheeting/duct tape to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
17. extra garbage bags for waste & sanitation
18. manual can opener
20. sleeping bags/warm blankets
21. cell phone
22. chlorine bleach/medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or 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.
23. mess kits, paper cups/plates, plastic utensils
24. paper towels
25. paper & pencils
26. books, games & other activities for children & children at heart