Disaster Preparedness Lists

Primary Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Kit:

Qty. Survival Equipment or Supplies
1 Fixed Blade Stainless Steel Hunting Knife, 4 in. to 6 in plain edge blade, w/ Sheath
1 Leatherman “Super-Tool”
1 Knife Sharpener
1 Fiskars “Super Snips”
1 Tree Saw for small limbs with spare blades if applicable
1 “Pocket ChainSaw” Survival Saw
1 Glock “Field Spade,” Gerber “Folding Shovel” or other folding/collapsing shovel
1 Crow Bar/Wrecking Bar
1 Hammer, claw type, fiberglass or steel handle, 14 or 16 oz.
1 Come-Along/Cable Puller/Power Puller (2000 lb./1 ton minimum dead lift, we used a 4000 lb./2 ton unit in this kit)
1 Bright Waterproof LED Flashlight
4 Spare Alkaline or Lithium Batteries for Flashlight*
1 Red Flashlight Wand
8 “Cyalume” or “Snap-Light” Chemical Lightsticks, 12 hr.or electronic equivalents such as “Krill Lights”*
1 Butane Fueled Lighter*
50 Windproof/Waterproof Matches
1 Firestarter Kit w/ Tinder
1/person Sleeping Bag (as appropriate for climate)
1/person Sleeping Pads, foam or inflatable
1 3 or 4 Season (as appropriate for climate) Dome/Family Style Tent, sized to hold number in group + 1 to allow for plenty of storage space
1 Ground Cloth for tent
2+ Plastic Ripstop Tarps, minimum 12 x 12 ft. (multi-functional, you can’t have too many)
1/person Camp Stool/Chair
1pr./person Leather Work Gloves
1/person Hard Hat
1/person Safety Goggles
20/person Premium Dust/Mist Respirators, disposable
2/person Bandanna or Cravat
1/person Heavy Duty Poncho
2/person Complete Changes of Outdoors/Work Clothing appropriate to climate including for each person:

  • Sturdy Belt
  • Sturdy Pair of Work Boots (already broken in)
  • Jacket
  • Other items of clothing appropriate to the climate such as Coat, Insulated Gloves, Hat, etc.
  • (You may not have time to dress and may also need additional spare Underwear, Changes of Clothes, Special Clothing Items etc.)
1 Well Equipped Medical / First Aid Kit supplemented w/ extra supplies, bandages, and prescription drugs *
The following quantities include those in the medical kit
1 “SAM Splint” emergency splint
6 Trauma Dressings
8 Gauze Compress
4 Triangular Bandage
2 Elastic Bandage, 3″
1 Elastic Bandage, 4″
1 Elastic Bandage, 6″
50 Latex or Nitrile Surgical Gloves (Note that many people are allergic to latex)
1 Emergency Medical Guide
1 Emergency Burn Kit
5-10 gal./person Water in sturdy containers w/ screw on caps*
1 Water Filter (w/ spare cartridges if appropriate)
1 Water Treatment sufficient to treat 150 qts.
7 day
Military MRE Rations, Emergency Food Packs or Survival Rations*, per person (or equal long storage life foods, such as canned goods or retort pouches)
14/person Drink Mix*
14/person Instant Coffee/Tea bags/what have you*
1 Box Sugar Cubes
1 sealed Salt container
1 sealed Pepper container
Other spices as desired
1 Stainless Steel Cooking and Serving Set (pots & pans w/ plates, cups, utensils of qty. for size of group, you may use disposable serving items if desired)
1 Small Grill or Backpacking Grill
1 Multi-fuel Stove capable of burning unleaded auto gas
Alternative: Butane Fueled Stove
1 Stove Maintenance Kit
1-3 gal. Fuel for stove in sealed container*
1 Portable Toilet and supplies for size of group
1-2/person roll Toilet Paper
1 Bar Anti-bacterial Soap in Soap Container
1 qt. Liquid Hand Sanitizer
50+ Packaged Clean-up Wipes*
1 Tube Toothpaste*
1/person Toothbrush
1 Comb and/or Hair Brush
1 Mirror
1/person Wash Cloth
1/person Small/Medium Towel
For each person as needed
Spare Prescription Glasses/Contact Lenses
Contact Lens Storage/Cleaning Kits*
4 week supply Personal Prescription Medicines*
2 week supply Multi-vitamins*
For women
Things that ladies need.
Copies of important papers, including insurance policies, name and phone numbers of insurance agent(s) and main offices of insurance carrier, family and friends out of area that you can depend upon in an emergency, names of lawyers (to sue insurance companies), copies of deeds, titles and inventory list of belongings (a video record could be extremely useful and can also be stroed offsite).
Spare Keys to house, cars, safety deposit box, etc.
Money (no less than $100, more is better) including minimum 1 roll of quarters
Spare or duplicate Credit Cards including at least two different Phone Company Calling Cards
1 Solar/Battery/Hand Crank Powered AM/FM Radio w/ spare batteries
4 2.5 or 3 gallon Water Carriers (Can be collapsible, but they are harder to carry. 5 gallon containers are too heavy. Water can be stored in the containers, but should be treated to prevent deterioration)
1 Insulated Cooler (48-54 quart capacity) (Can be used to store waterproof supplies)
1 Sturdy hand cart, preferably with two or four large diameter wheels (a traditional wheelbarrow is not a good choice)
1 Fuel Siphon Hose
1or 2 2.5 gallon Gasoline Rated Fuel Container (If filled with fuel, must add gasoline stabilizer and change as required)
2 100 ft. 550 lb test mil – spec. Parachute Cord
1 50 ft. 3/8″ to 1/2″ Nylon Utility/Climbing Rope (not poly)
1 roll .032 Stainless Safety Wire
100 standard/medium size Cable Ties (Panduit or equal)
50 large size Cable Ties (Panduit or equal)
50 extra large size Cable Ties (Panduit or equal)
1 roll Premium Industrial Grade Duct Tape
1 roll 3M brand “33+” Electrical Tape
1 WD-40, LPS 1 or CRC 3-36 Lubricant / Moisture Displacer, large aerosol can*
1 Comprehensive Sewing Kit w/ HD threads and needles, buttons, safety pins of various sizes, etc. (more than a typical “travel kit”)
1 Large box Heavy Duty (not regular) Aluminum Foil
2 Sponge, 3″ x 5″
1 medium bottle Dishwashing Soap
2 Dish Towels
10 Zipper Lock Plastic Freezer Bags, jumbo
25 Zipper Lock Plastic Freezer Bags, gallon
25 Zipper Lock Plastic Freezer Bags, quart
30 HD Garbage Bags, 30+ gallons
1 4×6 in. Rite in the Rain “Hip Pocket” Notebook w/ waterproof paper
1 Fisher “Space-Tec” Pen or Rite in the Rain “Waterproof” Pen
2 #2 Pencils
4 Jumbo Permanent Ink Marker – black*
1 qt. Gloss Black Paint w/ small brushes*
2 cans Gloss Black or Day-Glo Orange Spray Paint.*
1 roll (1000 ft.) “Danger Do Not Enter” Barricade Tape
plastic covered Playing Cards, travel size Chess/Scrabble/etc.
Frisbee, throwing ball, etc.
1 Contents List
1 Survival Manual
Mountain Bike(s) with saddles bags or racks to carry supplies. (plus spare tubes and tire repair tools and supplies)
Sports Utility Vehicle or Truck (should be parked where least likely to be damaged by collapsing buildings, falling trees, or fire) w/ aux. gas tanks (kept full). A moderate size, small engine/higher fuel economy model is best.
At Gas Meter (turn off gas first, then water service)
Gas Cock Wrench (can be Non-sparking Emergency Multi-Tool below)
Tool to access and turn off water service to the property (will depend on valve style, Multi-Tool below may suffice)
At Each Bedside
1 Flashlight w/ fresh batteries or plug-in rechargeable style within reach while still in bed *
1 Crowbar or Wrecking Bar
1 pr. Leather Work Gloves
1 pr. Quick donning Shoes or Boots or, at a minimum, hard soled slippers
1 Robe, minimum – Work Clothes in an easy to grab bag would be best, to put on after safely exiting the residence
Spiritual Resource (Bible, Koran, etc.)
1 Non-sparking Emergency Multi-Tool (turns off gas cocks and has other uses)
1 Selection of nails, machine, wood or drywall screws, wire nuts, nuts and bolts
1 Bolt Cutters
1 Manual Rotary Can Opener
1 Portable C.B. Radio w/ batteries** and auto power adapter
1 Cellular Phone with auto power adapter and additonal source for charging batteries
1 Satellite Phone with auto power adapter and additonal source for charging batteries
1 Alarm Clock/Alarm Wrist Watch
1 12 ga. Shotgun – stainless steel w/ composite stock w/ min. 1 box of 00 shells*Warning! Do not include any firearm unless you have received proper firearm and defensive weapons training. Be extremely cautious about including any firearms if there are children in the group who have not received firearm safety training.
1 Camping Lantern w/ fuel
1/person Large capacity Backpack (children too, except infants and toddlers)
1 Tool Kit in tool roll, bag, case or box, Craftsman or better quality, recommended minimum contents:

  • 1 – Set Asst. Screwdrivers, Straight Tip and Phillips
  • 1 – Slip Joint Pliers – 7″ or 8″
  • 1 – Channel Lock Pliers – 9″
  • 1 – Wire Cutters/Dykes – 6″ or 7″
  • 1 – Needle Nose Pliers – 6″
  • 1 – Lineman’s Pliers – 7″ or 8″
  • 1 – Combination Open & Box End Wrench Set, 1/4″ – 13/16″ or 1″
  • 1 – Pipe Wrench – 9″ or 10″
  • 1 – Pipe Wrench – 12″
  • 1 – Adjustable Wrench – 6″
  • 1 – Adjustable Wrench – 9″
  • 1 – Adjustable Wrench – 12″
  • 1 – Vise-Grip Pliers – medium
  • 1 – Vise-Grip Pliers – standard
  • 1 – Hacksaw frame and 10 bi-metal blades
  • 1 – Utility Knife w/ min. 50 spare blades
  • 1 – Pipe Cutter
  • 1 roll Teflon Tape


  • 3/8 in. drive Socket Set, 1/4″ – 13/16″ or 1″
  • Hex Key Wrench Set
  • Set Punch and Chisels
1 Electrical Generator, 2500 to 6000 watts, recoil start w/ minimum 1 week’s Fuel (at 12 hours/day) and Oil as required and maintenance kit
2 100 ft. 12 ga. three wire All Temp HD Industrial Grade Extension Cord
2 50 ft. 14 ga. three wire All Temp HD Industrial Grade Extension Cord
4 2 ft. 12ga. 3 wire Industrial 3 Outlet Power Center (or get above cords with built-in 3 outlet power center)
or (for additional protection, but at much greater cost)
4 Short Cord, 4 Outlet Portable Ground Fault Interrupter

1/person Mosquito Head Net
1/person Mosquito Netting to cover sleeping area
1/person large bottle Insect Repellant
Clothing and Sleeping Apparel as appropriate
Baby Blanket
Stuffed Animal, Toys and Games
Baby Carrier, if appropriate
Provide a 14 day supply of the following:
Pediatric Medicines and Medical Supplies as appropriate
Special foods as appropriate w/ bottles, bottle brush, etc. if needed. (if canned, insure can opener available(NOTE: If nursing, mother’s milk supply may be affected by shock of crisis, injuries or even death and cannot be relied upon)
Disposable Diapers, etc. as appropriate
Disposable Cleansing Cloths (“Wet Ones,” etc)
Bowls for food and water
Leash, Chain, Folding Cage, etc. to maintain control.
For each pet, provide a 7 day supply of the following
Pet Medicines and Medical Supplies as appropriate
Pet Food (if canned, insure can opener available)
1 Manually Operated Reverse Osmosis Desalinator (this device turns salt water into fresh water – not to be used as a fresh water filter/purifier)
1 Gas Powered Chain Saw, minimum 16 inch, 18 – 20 inch preferred, w/ 2.5 – 5 gal. Fuel* and Oil as required, chain saw sharpener file w/ guide, spare chain, maintenance kit and safety gear
HD Plastic sheet sufficient to cover all windows and roof plus 50% extra
Additional rolls HD Plastic as desired
Wood Lath sufficient to go around all windows and roof edges plus 25% extra (if frame construction)
HD Staples and Stapler or Nails for securing lath
adequate quantity of Duct Tape for securing plastic to window frame if masonry or stucco building
1 Cross Cut Hand Saw (Stanley brand “Short Cut” saw recommended)
1 Measuring Tape, 20 ft.
1 HD Shovel w/ Fiberglass handle
1 6 – 8 ft. Step Ladder
1 Extension Ladder (tall enough to reach highest point on house)
1 Multi-Position/Function Folding Ladder capable of both uses above
* Limited useful life. All medications and many medical supplies also have a limited useful life. Keep track of expiration dates and replace as required.

Automobile Disaster Preparedness Kit
NOTE:Adjust quantities to suit vehicle capacity. Based on potential three day stay away from primary emergency supply, arrival at safe haven or arrival of organized assistance.
Qty. Survival Equipment or Supplies
1 Crow Bar or Wrecking Bar – Within reach of driver!*
NOTE: Apparently there are places that consider a tool such as this hidden in a car to be prima fascia evidence that you are a burgler or if within reach, that it is a concealed weapon. If that is the case, an alternative would be a Window Punch (a spring-loaded center punch) or a tool such as the RES-Q-ME or Life Hammer or similar tool that incorporate the means to break a car side or rear window and cut a seat belt. Note that another reason for having the Wrecking Bar is to allow you to break into your own trunk or a structure to get to equipment, supplies or trapped persons.
1 Fixed Blade Stainless Steel Hunting Knife, 4″ to 6″ plain edge blade, w/ Sheath
1 Leatherman “Super-Tool” or equivalent heavy durty multi-tool
1 Knife Sharpener
1 Glock “Field Spade,” Gerber “Folding Shovel” or other folding/collapsing shovel
1 Bright Waterproof LED Flashlight
4 Spare Alkaline or Lithium Batteries for Flashlight*
3 “Cyalume” or “Snap-Light” Chemical Lightsticks, 12 hr. or electronic equivalents such as “Krill Lights”*
1 Butane Fueled Lighter
25 Windproof/Waterproof Matches
1/person Heavy Duty Poncho
1/person Sportsman’s Emergency Blanket or Thermal Blanket
1 10 x 10 (minimum size) lightweight tarp.
1 Well Equipped Medical / First Aid Kit supplemented w/ extra supplies, bandages, and prescription drugs *
The following quantities include those in the medical kit
1 “SAM Splint” emergency splint
4 Trauma Dressing or equal
4 Gauze Compress
1 Elastic Bandage, 3″
2 Triangular Bandage
8 pr. Latex Surgical Gloves
1+ gallon(s)
per person
Water in sturdy containers w/ screw on caps*
Water Disinfectant Tabs to treat 24 quarts of water/person
1,200 Kcal/day Survival Rations / per person *
Misc. foodstuffs, hard candy, gum, etc.
1 roll Toilet Paper
1 Hand Sanitizer, large bottle*
25 Packaged Wipes*
1pr./person Leather Work Gloves
1/person Hard Hats
1/person Safety Goggles
10/person Premium Dust/Mist Respirators, disposable
1/person Bandanna or Cravat
1 Sturdy Backpack(s) to hold all the items in this kit
1 Change Outdoors/Work Clothing appropriate to climate, for each person
3 day
Things that ladies need.

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Disaster Supply Kit

Check boxWater – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

 Check boxFood – at least enough for 3 to 7 days

— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils

Check boxBlankets / Pillows, etc.

Check boxClothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

Check boxFirst Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Check boxSpecial Items – for babies and the elderly

Check boxToiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Check boxFlashlight / Batteries

Check boxRadio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Check boxTelephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Check boxCash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

Check boxKeys

Check boxToys, Books and Games

Check boxImportant documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Check boxTools – keep a set with you during the storm

Check boxVehicle fuel tanks filled

Check boxPet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

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Published on July 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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