Emergency Kit Checklist


One gallon of water for each person per day, for a minimum of three days. If you have the room, you should store two weeks worth of drinking water for each person. Remeber to change your stored water supply every six months

Canned or Dried Food

Include canned or dried foods that will not spoil. Remember to pack a can opener that does not need electricity.

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruit, and vegetables
  • Protein and fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Nonperishable, pasteurized milk
  • "Comfort" foods like chocolate and candy






Basic Supplies

  • Clean clothes and sturdy shoes for each person
  • Rain gear
  • Coats, hats, and gloves
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • An extra credit card and some money
  • Extra set of keys for your car and house
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for the radio and flashlight
  • Eating supplies such as paper plates, plastic forks and spoons, and napkins
  • Tent
  • Heavy-duty tape (duct tape, electrical tape)
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty trash bags or plastic sheets
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Paper and pencil
  • Needles and thread
  • Toilet paper, moistened towlettes
  • Liquid detergent
  • Soap/deodorant/toothpaste
  • Plastic garbage bags with ties
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Prepaid, long-distance calling card
  • A whistle to signal for help





Special Items

  • Prescription medicine
  • Baby supplies such as diapers, formula, bottles
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses including supplies
  • Dental Supplies
  • Entertainment such as books, playing cards, and board games
  • Important family documents stored in a waterproof container including identification, insurance information, bank account numbers, and birth certificates
  • Pet supplies such as food, water, and identification







First-Aid Kit

  • Adhesive bandages in different sizes
  • Safety pins
  • Soap Antibiotic ointment
  • Latex gloves
  • Washclothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Several 2-inch and 4-inch sterile gauze pads
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Moistened Towlettes
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Aspirin or non aspirin pain medicine
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Antacid
  • Laxative


Car Supplies

  • Road maps
  • Tire repair kit and pump
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries for the flashlight and radio
  • Fire extinguisher
  • A gallon of water
  • Several cans of food and a manual can opener
  • A sleeping bag or extra blanket
  • Extra money
  • First-aid supplies


Emergency Planning Links

Create A Plan
Prepare A Kit
Listen For Information
Emergency Planning If You Have a Child In School
Emergency Planning At Work
Emergency Planning For People With Special Needs and Senior Citizens
Emergency Planning For Pets
Emergency Kit Checklist
Recovering From a Natural Disaster in College

Missouri DHSS Planning For Emergencies: Three Steps to be Prepared, A Family Safety Guide