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What Your Home's Disaster Preparedness Kit Should Look Like


Many of the items below can be found in your home. Remember, what's missing does not need to be bought all at once. Think of this checklist as something to chip away at with every trip to the grocery store. It's an investment. The more you check off the list, the better you'll feel about the earthquake.


One gallon, per person per day, for two and half weeks. Why so much? It's for drinking and sanitation. Here's where you can find hidden water in your house.


A supply of non-perishable food to last two and half weeks. Make sure you remember to include comfort food, or food that you would actually enjoy eating. Keeping personal morale up after a disaster is important.


  • First aid kit.
  • 7-day supply of medication and medical items.
  • Emergency reference material.
  • Dust mask to filter contaminated air.
  • Personal hygiene, sanitation, moist towelettes.


  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio.
  • NOAA weather radio with tone alert.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Cell phones, chargers and/or solar chargers.
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra batteries for everything.


  • Photo copies of personal documents (passport, birth certificate, home deed/lease, medical list and pertinent medical information, here's a helpful checklist (PDF) to organize your information).
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Personal plan for your and your family.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Extra set of car and house keys.
  • Manual opener for food.
  • Additional clothing.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Tent.
  • Warm clothes and rain clothes.
  • Sturdy shoes/rain boots,hat.
  • Feminine supplies.
  • Personal hygiene.
  • Prescription glasses.
  • If you have a baby: bottles, formula, food.
  • If you have a pet: collar, leash, id, carrier bowl.


  • Multipurpose tool.
  • Matches.
  • Towels.
  • Work gloves.
  • Scissors.
  • Trash bags.
  • Duct tape.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, it can be used as a disinfectant. In an emergency you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Local maps.
  • Extra cash, in small donimations like $1s and $5s.
  • Travelers checks and change.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Paper plates, cups, towels and plastic utensils.
  • Paper and pencils.
  • Books, games, puzzles and other fun activities.