October 7, 2015

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Homeland Security: Emergency Supplies


  • A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Signal flare
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Shut off wrench, pliers, shovel and other tools.
  • Duct tape and scissors
  • Whistle
  • A-B-C type fire extinguisher
  • Tube tent
  • Compass
  • Work gloves
  • Paper, pens and pencils
  • Needles and thread
  • Battery-operated travel alarm clock.

Kitchen Items

  • Manual can opener
  • Mess kits or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • All-purpose knife
  • Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Re-sealing plastic bags
  • If food must be cooked, small cooking stove and a can of cooking fuel.

Sanitation and Hygiene Items

  • Washcloth and towel
  • Towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent
  • Tooth paste, toothbrush
  • Shampoo, deodorants, comb, razor, lip balm, insect repellent, contact lens solution, mirror, feminine supplies
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags and ties for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper
  • Medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
  • Extra clothes
  • Bedding materials
  • Consider including a small shovel for digging a latrine

Household Documents

  • Personal identification
  • Cash, including change and a credit card
  • Copies of important documents: birth certificate, marriage certificate, driver’s license, social security cards, passport, wills and deeds.
  • Immunization records

Source: www.fema.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency) contributed to this report.