Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Basic Emergency Kit

  1. Water:

    • At least one gallon per person per day for at least three days.

    • Additional water for pets.

  2. Food:

    • A three-day supply of non-perishable food.

    • Pet food and supplies.

  3. First Aid Kit:

    • Bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, adhesive tape, scissors.

    • Over-the-counter medications (pain relievers, antacids, etc.).

    • Prescription medications (if applicable).

  4. Tools and Supplies:

    • Flashlight and extra batteries.

    • Multi-purpose tool or knife.

    • Manual can opener for food.

    • Whistle to signal for help.

    • Dust masks to filter contaminated air.

    • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (for sheltering in place).

    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

  5. Hygiene and Sanitation:

    • Moist towelettes and hand sanitizer.

    • Garbage bags and plastic ties.

    • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.).

  6. Clothing and Bedding:

    • Complete change of clothing for each person.

    • Sturdy shoes.

    • Blankets or sleeping bags.

Important Documents

  1. Identification:

    • Copies of IDs, passports, and birth certificates.

    • Emergency contact information.

  2. Financial Documents:

    • Copies of insurance policies, bank account records, and credit card information.

    • Cash or traveler's checks.

  3. Medical Records:

    • Copies of medical prescriptions and health insurance cards.

Communication Plan

  1. Family Plan:

    • Designate a meeting place if separated.

    • Identify an out-of-town contact for everyone to check in with.

  2. Emergency Contacts:

    • List of emergency contacts (family, friends, local emergency services).

    • Contact information for schools, workplaces, and childcare providers.

Home Safety

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

    • Ensure they are installed and working properly.

    • Test monthly and replace batteries as needed.

  2. Fire Extinguishers:

    • Have at least one fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location.

    • Know how to use it properly.

  3. Utility Shut-Off:

    • Learn how to turn off gas, water, and electricity in an emergency.

    • Ensure everyone in the household knows where the shut-off valves are located.

Pet Preparedness

  1. Pet Supplies:

    • Food, water, and bowls.

    • Leash, harness, and carrier.

    • Medications and veterinary records.

    • Current photo in case you are separated.

Vehicle Emergency Kit

  1. Vehicle Kit:

    • Jumper cables.

    • Flashlight with extra batteries.

    • First aid kit.

    • Basic tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wrench).

    • Blanket, maps, and emergency contact information.

    • Non-perishable food and bottled water.

Special Considerations

  1. For Infants and Young Children:

    • Formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.

    • Favorite toys, books, and games.

  2. For Elderly or Disabled Individuals:

    • Medical devices and spare batteries.

    • Mobility aids (canes, walkers, wheelchairs).

  3. For Chronic Medical Conditions:

    • Extra supplies of medications and medical equipment.

    • Medical alert tags or bracelets.

Maintenance and Review

  1. Review and Update:

    • Review your emergency kit every six months.

    • Replace expired items and update documents as needed.

  2. Practice Drills:

    • Conduct family emergency drills twice a year.

    • Review and practice your emergency communication plan.


Note: This checklist is designed to help individuals and families thoroughly prepare for emergencies, covering all essential aspects from basic supplies to important documents and special considerations.