What to Put in Your Earthquake Supply Kit

By Aaron Grossman

Caution: do not use flames inside.  Cook outside. Use flashlights, not candles.

  • This is the single most important item!  You should have one gallon per person per day.
  • 1-gallon jugs are best – easily stored, carried, and replaced.
  • Water filters or purification tablets are useful.
  • Your hot water heater can be drained for more water.


  • You should have at least 3 meals per person per day for three days.
  • Canned, dry, powdered, or dehydrated foods that don’t need refrigeration.
  • High energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, nuts, and energy bars.
  • Camping stoves and portable equipment are very useful.
  • Disposable items save water.
  • Pet food if you have pets.

Toilet & hygiene

  • Use trash bags or a camping portable toilet.
  • Toilet paper and towels, hand disinfectant, personal hygiene items.

Warm Clothing & Bedding

  • Be prepared for any season.
  • Bedding or sleeping bags that can keep you warm outdoors at night.

Medication – First Aid

  • Any needed medications; consider lack of refrigeration for insulin.
  • First Aid kit, bandages, book.
  • Infant care, pet care, etc.


  • Flashlight, radio.
  • Duct tape, rope, plastic sheeting.
  • Broom, gloves, hammer, etc.

Car or Office Kit

  • Water, energy bars.
  • First aid kit, space blanket, whistle, money.
  • Walking shoes, rain poncho or jacket, gloves.
  • Flashlight, duct tape, tools, etc.


  • Keep copies of important legal and financial documents somewhere where they will be safe from fire and water damage.


  • OMVNA CERT will operate an emergency radio network on FRS channel 7. Hand-held radios will work within 3000 yards even when cell phones will not.  Every family should have one per adult, plus spare batteries. ?
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