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You Need An Emergency Supplies Checklist

Once a disaster or an emergency hits, you won't have the time to shop around or search for emergency preparedness supplies. Therefore, it is important to have these supplies stockpiled and ready to be used in case of an emergency. Gathering all these supplies in advance allows you and your family to endure an evacuation or home confinement for planned durations ranging from 3 days to 1 year.

Before embarking on any plan to begin building your emergency supplies stockpile, be it at home or at work, you have to consider what you are going to need and where they are going to be kept at all times. Remember that they should be easily accessible to family members, and colleagues at the work place. In addition, it is smart to check your supplies once every six months and see if all items good working order and if any need to be replaced. You also have to practice using some of the items to gain skill before any potential emergency occurs.

To facilitate the process of assembling your emergency supplies, you will first need to create an emergency supplies checklist based on what you need. Your checklist should cover your basic needs for your home, your car, and in case you have to evacuate your house and leave your car behind, your evacuation kit.

There are seven parts to an all encompassing emergency preparedness supplies checklist that will meet your and your family’s needs.
  • Food and Water
  • Equipment (including communications)
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Medicine Supplies (Prescription and non-Prescription)
  • Sanitation, Hygiene, and Personal Care
  • Clothes and Bedding
  • Important Documents
The following is a starter's guide of what you will need for each section of the list above. The supplies will be needed for 3 locations: Home, Work, Vehicle.

Food and Water

  • Water
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Canned or boxed juices, milk, and soup
  • High-energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Special foods for infants or persons on special diets
  • Cereals
  • Powdered milk

Equipment and Tools

  • Compass
  • All-purpose knife
  • Signal flare
  • Whistle
  • Can opener
  • Matches (Waterproof if possible)
  • Duct tape and scissors
  • Pliers, wrench, screw driver, shovel and other tools
  • Tube tent
  • Small personal stove, pans, pots, kitchen utensils (including paper cups, plates)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Needles and thread
  • Plastic bags
  • Flashlight (hand powered if possible)
  • Solar powered lantern (hand powered is also fine)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Radio (hand powered if possible)
  • Portable, battery-powered television
  • Extra batteries for all battery-operated devices
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Paper, pencils, pens and sharpener
  • Cellphone (including active service, or prepaid)
  • Walkie-talkies (two-way radio, with max range of 16 miles)
  • Laptop (including a portable solar charger)
  • Satellite phone (if you can afford one)
  • All purpose solar charger

First Aid Supplies

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile dressing
  • Roller gauze bandage
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Thermometer
  • Cotton
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Cold pack
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Lubricant
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid manual

Medicine Supplies (Prescription and non-Prescription)

  • Vitamins
  • Aspirin
  • Pain relievers
  • Antacid
  • Toothache medication
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Laxatives
  • Prescription medication

Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Washcloths and towels
  • Shampoo
  • Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizers
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving kit
  • Insect repellant
  • Disinfectants
  • Toilet paper

Clothes and Bedding

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Socks
  • Underwear (should include a couple of thermals)
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Sleeping bags

Important Documents

  • All documents pertaining to identity (Passports, Driver's Licenses, Birth Certificates, Social Security)
  • Immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Wills and deeds
  • Credit Cards
  • Contact list and phone numbers
  • Maps and key phone numbers in your area
The list above is a basic sketch of a what an emergency preparedness supplies checklist should look like. Feel free to amend it according to your personal needs. The purpose of a such a checklist is to ensure your survival in most common emergency scenarios.

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