Survival Kits

The recommended contents of an emergency survival kit are listed below. This kit includes the necessary items for most natural disasters that you will encounter, and it should be kept in a central location somewhere in your home. It is also recommended that you keep emergency supplies at work and in your car (see Car Survival Kit).


☐ Flashlights, at least 2

☐ Portable, battery-operated radios, at least 2

☐ Extra batteries (for the flashlight, and to operate the radio for at least 24 hours)

☐ Candles

☐ Fire extinguishers, at least 2 of the A-B-C type

☐ Matches in a waterproof container

☐ Money

☐ Tools for clearing debris and building shelter.

☐ Disposable plates, forks, spoons, and knives

☐ Other utensils e.g., cutting knives

☐ Disposable hot and cold cups

☐ Paper napkins or towels

☐ Eyeglasses, if needed

☐ First Aid Kit

☐ Masking tape for windows and glass doors

☐ Water, five (5) gallons per each person (minimum 2 quarts/day/person for drinking purposes). (see Maintaining a Safe Water Supply).

☐ Five-day supply of non-perishable food.

☐ Non-electric can opener

☐ Heavy-duty aluminum foil

☐ Plastic garbage bags

☐ Zip-lock bags for food storage

☐ Sterno heater, hibachi or camp stove with a 5-day fuel supply

☐ Change of clothing for each person

☐ Sleeping bags/blankets/air mattresses and/or tent

☐ Prescription medications and copies of prescriptions

☐ Personal hygiene, toilet articles and sanitary supplies

☐ If you have an infant, diapers, diaper wipes, and baby food

☐ Ice chest

☐ Insect spray

☐ Leather work gloves and thick-soled shoes for each household member

☐ Dust masks or other generic respiratory filters for each household member

☐ Dust goggles or other generic eye protection for each household member

☐ If you have a pet, pet food and pet supplies. (See Pet Survival Kit.)

☐ Shelter-in-Place Survival Kit.

☐ Shovel and other useful tools, e.g., an adjustable pipe wrench for turning off the gas and water mains

☐ Rain gear