Want to be prepared for a disaster or emergency? Wondering what you should put into a home survival kit?

Here’s a list of items suggested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross.

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Store enough for at least 3 days. Store a gallon per person per day.


Store enough for at least 3 days. Foods that are nonperishable, need no refrigeration, little cooking and no water, compact and lightweight.

  • Canned meats, fruits, veggies.
  • Staples like sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, trail mix, granola bars
  • Special needs food for infants, elderly, special diets
  • Vitamins
  • Goodies like cookies, hard candy, instant coffee, tea

First Aid

  • Sterile adhesive bandages and gauze pads
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Triangular bandages
  • 2” and 3” roller bandages
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • needle
  • moistened towelettes
  • antiseptic
  • thermometer
  • tongue blades
  • petroleum jelly or lubricant
  • safety pins
  • cleansing soap
  • latex gloves
  • sunscreen

Prescription/Non-prescription Drugs

  • special prescriptions, or special needs medications
  • aspirin and/or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • anti-diarrhea medication
  • antacid
  • syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting if advised by Poison Control Center)
  • laxative
  • activated charcoal (use if advised by a Poison Control Center)

Tools and Supplies

  • plastic and paper eating supplies
  • sanitary supplies (toilet paper, feminine supplies, disinfectant, plastic bags)
  • baby supplies (diapers, formula)
  • special needs supplies for anyone with a special condition
  • contact lenses, extra glasses, sunglasses
  • extra clothes, shoes, and bedding supplies
  • battery-operated radio
  • flashlight
  • cash
  • can opener, knives
  • fire extinguisher
  • pliers
  • tape
  • compass
  • dust or filter masks
  • matches and candles
  • aluminum foil
  • plastic storage containers
  • signal flare
  • paper, pencil
  • medicine dropper
  • shut off wrench
  • whistle
  • plastic sheeting
  • map of area

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