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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Red Cross and others have developed guidelines for family preparedness. The list shown below represents a consensus of opinion on this important issue.

This checklist is divided into eight sections. Continuity Compliance suggest that your verify the completeness of this list quarterly. A similar business continuity list is also available on this site.


1 Gal per person per day (2 Qts for drinking, 2 Qts for food prep and sanitation)

Recommendation: Keep a 3 – 5 day supply for each person in the household


Select food that requires no refrigeration, no cooking, and little water

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables

Canned juices, milk, soup (if powered, store extra water)

Staples – sugar, salt, pepper

High energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix


Foods for infants, elderly persons (be aware of special diet needs)

Comfort/stress foods, (candy), sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea bags

Medication and Health

Bandages of various sizes

Half- Dozen 2” Sterile pads (gauze)

Half- Dozen 4” Sterile pads (gauze)

Adhesive hospital tape

Triangular bandages

2 “Sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

3” Sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

Hospital Scissors


A Needle

Moist towelettes



Tongue blades

Petroleum jelly or equivalent

Safety pins of assorted sizes

Cleansing agent and soap

Latex gloves


Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

Anti-diarrhea medication


Syrup of Ipecac


Activated charcoal

Any special medications or prescriptions

Tools and Supplies

Mess kits, disposable cups, plates and utensils

Battery operated radio w/ fresh batteries

Flashlight with fresh batteries

Candles and lighter/matches (water proof)

$100 in cash in traveler’s checks

Non-electric can opener

Fire extinguisher (ABC)

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Aluminum foil

Plastic Storage Containers

Signal Flare

Paper and Pencil

Needles, thread

Medicine dropper

Shut off wrench


Plastic sheeting

Local map

Toilet paper

Soap, liquid detergent

Feminine supplies

Personal hygiene items

Plastic garbage bag

Plastic bucket with tight lid


Household chlorine bleach

Duct tape

Cloth hand towels

Clothing and Bedding

Work shoes or boots

Rain gear

Blankets or sleeping bags


Hat and gloves

Thermal underwear


Special Items

Baby supplies

Denture needs

Contact lenses and supplies

Entertainment items (games/ books)

Important Family Documents

Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds

Passports, social security cards, immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers

Inventory of valuable household goods

Telephone numbers

Family records

Family Disaster Plan

Designate a sheltered position a safe distance away from home

Designate a place outside of your neighborhood as a secondary site

Designate an out-of-state contact friend or family member as a contact point

Emergency numbers (position control) located at every phone

Periodically test smoke detectors

Consider a CO2 detector

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