What Would You Need To Survive?

In each of the potential emergency or disaster situations, what would you need to survive?

If you’re sleeping and there’s an earthquake, you’ll need something on your feet to protect from broken glass.

If you lose electricity, you’ll need a flashlight.

Food and water have to be on the list, somewhere towards the top. You won’t need them in the first 4 hours, but you’ll need them in the first day or two.

Don’t forget the dog and cat. Don’t forget your daily medicines.

We’ve put together a checklist of everything that we can think of. What did we leave out?

Copy this list below into a text document on your computer or print it out and create your personal list manually.

Select those things that would be used in each of your specific situations.

The Giant List of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Supplies

Water

  • Bags
  • Bottles
  • Filters
  • Purifiers
  • Boxes
  • Barrels
  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • Boiling pot

Food

  • Freeze dried food
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Peanut butter
  • Spices
  • Storage racks
  • Canned meats, fruits, vegetables
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods
  • Alternative cooking sources
  • Can opener
  • Kitchen knife
  • Serving/Stirring Spoon
  • Plates
  • Silverware
  • Mess kits
  • Paper towels

Equipment

  • Lighter
  • News Radio
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Clear plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape (who can survive without duct tape?)
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Cash, change
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Clothes

  • A jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm blanket
  • Change of clothing
  • Rain gear

First Aid

  • First aid book
  • Bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Tweezers
  • Alcohol pads
  • Instant Ice Packs
  • ACE Bandage
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Eye Wash
  • Adhesive Tape (Duct tape in a pinch!)
  • Blood stoppers
  • Solar Blanket
  • Antiseceptic Wipes
  • Aspirin,
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Sterile Pouch Water
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun Burn ointment

Car

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Shovel
  • Tool kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Tow Rope
  • Utility Knife
  • More duct tape
  • Sand for tire traction
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Air compressor
  • Flat Tire Fixer
  • Tire Gauge
  • First aid kit
  • Food, nuts and energy bars
  • Water
  • Warm clothes
  • Blankets
  • Medications
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers

Personal

  • Prescription medications
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal hygiene items including feminie supplies
  • Documents; insurance policies, identification, bank account
  • Books, games, puzzles
  • Dentures
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Eye glasses

Baby

  • Medicine dropper
  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications
  • Moist towelettes
  • Diaper rash ointment

Pet

  • Food
  • Water
  • Treats
  • Poop Bags
  • Cat litter
  • Blanket
  • Leash
  • Crate
  • Tie out line
  • Collar

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