For an all-in-one-place resource, you can’t go wrong with the book “Basic Preparedness.” It’s been around (and updated) for quite a while.
This is just one of the many useful images you’ll find there – along with charts and lists that make preparing for any emergency a focused and efficient task.
Store enough supplies for at least 72 hours.
Water — 1 gallon per person per day (a week’s supply of water is preferable)
Water purification kit
First aid kit, freshly stocked
First aid book
Can opener (non-electric)
Blankets or sleeping bags
Portable radio, flashlight and spare batteries
Extra pair of eyeglasses
Extra pair of house and car keys
Fire extinguisher — A-B-C type
Food, water and restraint (leash or carrier) for pets
Cash and change
Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap and baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices.
Large plastic trash bags for waste; tarps and rain ponchos (privacy if there are no bushes around or the roof leaks?).
Large trash cans
Bar soap and liquid detergent
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Feminine hygiene supplies
Safety and Comfort
Heavy gloves for clearing debris
Candles and matches
Change of clothing
Knife or razor blades
Garden hose for siphoning and firefighting
Communication kit: paper, pens, stamps
Plastic knives, forks, spoons
Paper plates and cups
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Camping stove for outdoor cooking (caution: before using fire to cook, make sure there are no gas leaks; never use charcoal indoors)
Tools and Supplies
Axe, shovel, broom
Adjustable wrench for turning off gas Tool kit including a screwdriver, pliers and a hammer
Coil of 1/2” rope
Plastic tape, staple gun and sheeting for window replacement
Whistle (on lanyard round neck)
Michael Knight. March 21 2009