Home Disaster Kit

FEMA recommends that each household have enough supplies to survive 72 hours after a disaster. Keep in mind that it was over 72 hours before the federal government began to respond to Hurricane Katrina, and for many it was weeks before any outside assitance arrived. Plan your supplies accordingly. The items on this checklist are important to have in your household for emergencies lasting more than 72 hours. These items do not necessarily have to be portable. They are intended to supplement the Bug-Out Bag while you bunker in your own home. You probably have most of these items in your home already. Purchase any items that you don’t already have.

  • Bottled water
  • Food: MREs, canned food, freeze-dried
  • Powered sports drink mix
  • Two or more flashlights
  • Multi-tool
  • Emergency FM / AM / weather radio
  • Batteries (rechargables for lights, radio)
  • First-aid kit
  • First-aid kit resupply items
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping bags / blankets
  • Nails, staple gun, and hammer
  • Duct tape
  • Two large 9′X9′ (or larger) PVC tarps
  • Ponchos
  • Solar powered battery charger
  • Insect repellant
  • Manual can opener
  • Cooking pots
  • Large pot to boil water
  • Iodine water treatment tablets or some type of water filtration kit
  • 550 Parachute chord (500′)
  • Lighters (x2)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Chem-lights (glow sticks)
  • Candles
  • Sterno (or gas camp stove + fuel)
  • Sanitizing hand gel
  • Baby wipes
  • Large contractor bags
  • Small garbage bags
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Flatware
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Paper cups
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Feminine-hygiene products
  • Notepad and pen
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Rx meds

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