Short Term Emergency Checklist



Battery-operated radio

2-way radio or other form of communication

 Extra Batteries (variety of sizes)

 First Aid Kit (one for your home and one for each car)

Note: As a precaution, do not include candles. Candles cause more fires after a disaster.


 3 gallons of water per person/day, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container.

Water purification system

 Additional water for sanitation


 Minimum 5-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water.

 Dry cereal

 Peanut butter

 Canned fruits

 Canned vegetables

 Canned juice

 Ready-to-eat canned meats

 Ready-to-eat soups (not concentrated)

 Quick energy snacks



 Household chlorine bleach

 Soap, liquid detergent

 Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels

 Personal hygiene items

 Cloth towels (at least 3)

 Feminine supplies

 Plastic bucket with tight lid

 Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation use)


Plastic garbage bags, ties


 Rain gear

 Sturdy shoes or work boots

 Blankets or sleeping bags

 Complete change of clothing and footwear per person



 Aluminum foil



 Paper, pencil

 Plastic sheeting

 Medicine dropper

 Needles, thread

 Signal flare

 Matches in a waterproof container

 Assorted nails, wood screws

 Pliers, screwdriver, hammer

 Plastic storage containers

 Heavy cotton or hemp rope

 Cash, traveler’s checks, change

 Map of the area

 Nonelectric can opener, utility knife

 Cell phone with charger

 Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

 Tape, duct tape and plumber’s tape or strap iron

 Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires

 Shut off wrench, to turn off household gas and water






 Powdered milk

 Baby food


Food, water

 Non-tippable food and water containers

 Leash, harness, carrier

 Records of vaccinations

 Pet medications


Important telephone numbers

 Record of bank account numbers

 Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

 Inventory of household valuables

 Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stock and bonds

 Records of credit card account numbers and companies

 Copy of passport, social security cards and immunization records



 Prescription drugs in original containers

 Heart and high blood pressure needs

 Denture needs

 Extra eyeglasses

 Contact lenses and supplies


Family photos and other irreplaceable personal items



The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published October 25th, 2013
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