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HOME EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

Your home emergency kit should contain essential food, water and supplies to live on for at least three days. Keep your emergency kit in a designated location in your home and in an easy-to-carry container in case you need to evacuate (you should also keep a smaller emergency kit in your car). Make sure that all family members know where the emergency kit is kept.

Below is a checklist of items that you could include in your emergency kit. As you prepare your kit, think about your family's particular needs and adapt this list as needed.


HOME EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST

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  • Bottled water (each person in your family needs at least one gallon every day for drinking and bathing)
  • At least a three-day supply of foods that won't spoil
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Sterile adhesive bandages (different sizes)
  • Gauze pads
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Antibacterial wet wipes
  • Antiseptic spray/antibiotic ointment
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Latex gloves 
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins (different sizes)
  • Cold pack
  • Non-breakable thermometer
  • Wooden tongue depressors
  • Cotton-tipped applicator sticks
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Eye wash
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Antacid
  • Laxative
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Emetic (to induce vomiting)
  • Smelling salts
  • Snake bite kit
  • First aid kit
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Heavy socks (at least two pairs)
  • Hats and gloves
  • Extra clothing and blankets
  • Rain gear
  • Cash — because ATMs may not work during an emergency
  • Tools and supplies
  • Case/nylon bag/fanny pack
  • Mess kits or paper cups, plates, plastic utensils
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Propane cooking stove
  • Pot and pan for cooking
  • Aluminum foil
  • Multi-purpose tool/utility knife
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Paper and pencil/pen
  • Tent
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to be used when directed)
  • Pliers/wrenches
  • Pry bar
  • Compass
  • Light sticks
  • Signal flare
  • Whistle
  • Needles and thread
  • Scissors
  • Matches in a water-proof container or bag
  • Plastic storage containers or plastic storage bags
  • Medicine dropper
  • Dust mask (for dust/debris)
  • Hard hat
  • Work gloves
  • Battery-powered fan
  • Extra keys for car and house
  • Nylon cord
  • Portable generator, if possible
  • Spray paint
  • Toilet paper/facial tissues/paper towels
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal hygiene items — toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Feminine supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Small shovel
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid (indoor toilet)


ADDITIONAL SPECIAL ITEMS CHECKLIST

For Children

  • Baby formula/food for at least three days
  • Diapers for at least three days
  • Bottles for at least three days
  • Powdered milk for at least three days
  • Medications for at least one week
  • Games/Activities
  • Special toy for comfort
  • Wet wipes
  • Extra sets of clothing (check sizes every three months)
  • Anti-rash ointment
  • Emergency contact information in case you are separated from loved ones during an emergency
  • Blankets

For Adults:

  • One-week minimum supply of any prescription drugs (heart, high blood pressure medication, insulin, etc.)
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eyeglasses
  • Playing cards and books
  • Lip balm and sunscreen

For People with Special Needs and Older Pennsylvanians:

  • One-week minimum supply of prescription medications and dosage information (including inhalers, insulin, etc.)
  • Medical equipment and information on how it's used
  • Extra eyeglasses, contacts and hearing aids
  • Extra batteries for medical equipment (hearing aids, wheelchairs, portable oxygen units, etc.)

For Pets/Service Animals:

  • At least three days' worth of pet food, bottled water and supplies for your service animal or pet
  • Medications and medical records
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Extra leash and collar with ID tags
  • Dishes/bowls
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Copies of licenses
  • Name and phone number of veterinarian
  • Microchip or tattoo number
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Bedding
  • Paper towels and clean-up bags

Important Documents Folder in Water-Proof Container:

  • Recent family photos including photos of pets
  • Copies of Medicare/Medicaid and health insurance cards
  • Copies of birth certificates
  • Copies of drivers' licenses
  • Copies of homeowner and car insurance policies
  • Bank account numbers
  • Cash
  • Local and state maps
  • Pre-paid phone cards