Preparedness Items @ Home, Car, Work

Red CrossExperts recommend we take responsibility for our households to be able to cope at least 3 days without city services — no electricity, water, sewage or emergency medical help. There are things you can do to better deal during those 72 hours; below is a list for you to prepare your household (you probably have MOST of these already, so just organize them!).

At Home

  • Nonperishable packaged and canned food (special foods and supplies for babies, disabled or elderly)
  • Manual can opener
  • 1 case of bottled water per person AND pet (if you use in your daily lives, every time you use a case, buy another case)
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Portable radio
  • Flashlights with spare batteries
  • Essential medications
  • List of family physicians and the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers
  • Extra eyeglasses
  • Extra set of house and car keys
  • Toilet paper, toiletries and feminine hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Pet food, water and leash or carrier
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Water purification kit or unscented liquid bleach (eight drops per gallon when water is first stored)
  • Disposable eating utensils, paper cups and plates
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Knife or razor blades
  • Candles and light sticks
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Work gloves and broom
  • Hammer and nails
  • Rope and wire
  • Ax, crowbar and shovel
  • Cheesecloth (to strain water)
  • Large and small plastic bags
  • Tarps, 8 feet by 10 feet (you may have to sleep outdoors)
  • Paper, pens and stamps
  • Entertainment: reading material and games

In The Car – you may be away from home, stuck in one place for several days

  • Nylon tote or day pack
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Transistor radio, flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Gloves
  • Blanket or sleeping bags
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Moist towelettes
  • Tool kit
  • Matches
  • Walking shoes and extra socks
  • Change of clothes
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Compass

At Work – you may be faced with staying at your workplace OR walking home

  • Dry food, such as candy bars, dried fruit, jerky and crackers
  • Water or juice
  • Tennis shoes or walking shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and portable radio with extra batteries
  • Matches
  • Small and large plastic bags
  • Toiletries
  • Entertainment pack of family photos, notebooks, reading material and games

Sources: USGS, City of Los Angeles Fire Department, California Office of Emergency Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross.