Earthquake Kit Supplies and Emergency Preparedness

Quick GuideFirst Aid: 8 Essential First Aid Items for Car or Purse

First Aid: 8 Essential First Aid Items for Car or Purse

Survival kit for your home

Assemble a survival kit for your home with the following items:

Tools and supplies

  • ax, shovel, broom

  • screwdriver, pliers, hammer, adjustable wrench

  • rope for towing or rescue

  • plastic sheeting and tape

Items for safety and comfort

  • sturdy shoes that can provide protection from broken glass, nails, and other debris

  • gloves (heavy and durable for cleaning up debris)

  • candles

  • waterproof matches

  • change of clothing

  • knife

  • garden hose (for siphoning and firefighting)

  • tent

  • recreational supplies for children and adults

  • blankets or sleeping bags

  • portable radio, flashlight, and extra batteries

  • essential medications and eyeglasses

  • fire extinguisher -- multipurpose, dry chemical type

  • food and water for pets

  • toilet tissue

  • cash

Survival kit for your automobile

Assemble a survival kit for your automobile with the following items. Storing some of these supplies in a small bag or backpack will make them more convenient to carry if you need to walk.

  • Blankets

  • Bottled water

  • Change of clothes

  • Coins for telephone calls

  • Fire extinguisher -- multipurpose, dry chemical type

  • First aid kit and manual

  • Emergency signal device (light sticks, battery-type flasher, reflector, etc.)

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries

  • Food (nonperishable -- nutrition bars, trail mix, etc.)

  • Gloves

  • Local map and compass

  • Rope for towing, rescue, etc.

  • Paper and pencils

  • Premoistened towelettes

  • Prescription medicines

  • Battery-operated radio with fresh batteries

  • Small mirror for signaling

  • Toilet tissue

  • Tools (pliers, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, etc.)

  • Whistle for signaling

  • Jumper cables

  • Duct tape

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