This is the ONLY form of long distance communication that will reliably work in the aftermath of a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake. An active satellite phone, with a charged battery, a waterproof case, and a solar charger are all strongly recommended.
It's very important to have at least a 3 day supply of drinking water available. A minimum of 3 gallons per person in your household is recommended. Also make sure to keep extra water on hand for your pets too.
Non-Perishable Food (easy-to-prepare only)
Keep at least a three day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food on hand for every person (and pet!) in your household.
Manual can opener
This is a good item to have if any of your nonperishable food is in cans.
Hand-crank NOAA weather radio
This provides a continuous feed of weather information from your nearest National Weather Service office. The NWR broadcasts weather warning, watches, forecasts, and hazard information 24/7/365.
A battery operated NOAA radio is also okay, but make sure you have extra batteries on hand.
So you can make light when it's dark. It's very handy. Make sure to keep extra batteries!
- First aid kit
Whistle (to signal for help)
This is great for signaling for help, getting the attention of rescue workers, or alerting anyone who cannot hear your unaided voice.
You never know what might be released into the air when there is a natural disaster. This can help to filter many contaminates out of the air you breathe.
This can be handy for staying dry and/or covering holes when you need to shelter-in-place.
This can be helpful when used with the plastic sheeting, listed above, as well as for many other temporary fixes in an emergency situation.
Personal hygiene and sanitation items
It's good to keep some basic hygiene and sanitation supplies on hand, like moist towelettes, garbage bags with plastic ties, feminine supplies, etc.
A multi-purpose tool is good for turning off your utilities and to handle the many unpredictable little jobs that may come up
Your smartphone might not be able to get an internet connection right after a storm, so a good paper map of the local area is a smart item to have on hand.
- Prescription medication (7 day supply)
- Prescription eye glasses
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Important documents (insurance, IDs, bank records, medication list, birth certificates, etc.) in waterproof container
- Family and emergency contact information
- Cash or Traveler's checks (smaller bills recommended)
- Sleeping supplies (sleeping bag, blankets, pillows)
- Complete change of clothes (long-sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes, additional clothing if you live in a cold climate)
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent
- Household chlorine bleach & medicine dropper
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a watertight container
- Mess kits or picnic supplies (disposable cups, plates, utensils, paper towels)
- Pencil & paper
- Activities for children (books, games, puzzles, etc.)