Home Preparedness Kit

Emergency home survival kits should contain a minimum of 72 hours worth of emergency supplies for home disaster preparedness.

Home Kit Contents

Electrical, water, transportation, and other vital systems can be disrupted for several days after a large earthquake. Emergency response agencies and hospitals will likely be overwhelmed and unable to provide you with immediate assistance. To help your family cope after a strong earthquake, store a household disaster kit in an easily accessible location, preferably outdoors (not in your garage). This kit, which complements your personal disaster kits, should be in a large watertight container that can be easily moved and should hold at least a 3 to 5 day supply.

Include the following items:

  • Drinking water (minimum one gallon per person per day).
  • First aid supplies, medications, and essential hygiene items, such as soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper.
  • Emergency lighting—light sticks and (or) a working flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs (hand-powered flashlights are also available).
  • A hand-cranked or battery-operated radio (and spare batteries).
  • Canned and packaged foods and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
  • Items to protect you from the elements, such as warm clothing, sturdy shoes, extra socks, blankets, and perhaps even a tent.
  • Heavy-duty plastic bags for waste and to serve other uses, such as tarps and rain ponchos.
  • Work gloves and protective goggles.
  • Pet food and pet restraints.
  • Copies of vital documents, such as insurance policies and personal identification.

Note: Replace perishable items like water, food, medications, and batteries on a yearly basis.