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Emergency Disaster Kits

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Six Basic Needs to Stock:

  • Water - Store water in plastic containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break. Store one gallon of water per person. Keep at least a three day supply of water for each person in your household.

  • Food - Store foods that are non-perishable and require no refridgeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Store at least a three day supply of food.

  • First Aid Supply

  • Clothing and Bedding - Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Tools and Supplies

  • Special Items - Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.

Suggested Maintenance:

  • Store your kits in easily accesible area

  • Change your stored water every 3 months

  • Check and rotate your food every 6 months

  • Rethink your kit once a year


Family Home Disaster Kit: printable PDF version

Food and Water (3 Day Supply)

  • Water - (1 Gallon/Person)

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables

  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)

  • Staples - Sugar, salt, pepper

  • High energy foods - Peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix


First Aid Kit

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

  • 2" sterile gauze pads (4-6)

  • 4" sterile gauze pads (4-6)

  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape

  • Triangular bandages

  • 2" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

  • 3" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Moistened towelettes

  • Needle

  • Antiseptic

  • Thermometer

  • Tongue blades (2)

  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

  • Assorted sizes of safety pins

  • Cleaning agent / soap

  • Latex gloves (2 pair)

  • Sunscreen

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

  • Anti-diarrhea medication

  • Antacid (for upset stomach)

  • Laxative


Tools & Supplies

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

  • Emergency preparedness manual

  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change

  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife

  • Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type

  • Tube tent

  • Pliers

  • Tape

  • Compass

  • Matches in waterproof container.

  • Aluminum foil

  • Plastic storage containers

  • Signal flare

  • Paper, pencil and paper

  • Needles, thread

  • Medicine dropper

  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water

  • Whistle

  • Plastic Sheeting

  • Map of the area

  • Soap, liquid detergent

  • Feminine supplies

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)

  • Plastic bucket with tight lid

  • Disinfectant

  • Household chlorine bleach


Special Items

  • Entertainment Books

  • Games

  • Playing cards

  • Important Family Documents

  • Waterproof portable container

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks, and bonds

  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records

  • Bank account numbers

  • Credit card account numbers and company names

  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers

  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

For Baby:

  • Formula

  • Diapers

  • Bottles

  • Powdered milk

  • Medications

For Adults:

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication

  • Insulin

  • Prescription drugs

  • Denture needs

  • Contact lenses and supplies

  • Extra eye glasses

For Pets:

  • Food

  • Medication


Clothing & Bedding

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots

  • Rain gear

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • Hat and gloves

  • Thermal underwear

  • Sunglasses



Work Disaster Kit: printable PDF version

  • Small First Aid Kit

  • Small set of tools

  • Flashlight

  • Emergency blanket

  • High energy foods-crackers, granola, nuts

  • Ready to eat foods-packaged fruit and meat

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Tissues & moist towelettes

  • Small pocket mirror

  • Non-prescription drugs-pain reliever, antacid, etc.

  • Prescription meds

  • Emergency credit card

  • Entertainment-playing cards, etc



Car Disaster Kit: printable PDF version

  • Small orange traffic cones

  • Light stick or flares

  • Sanitizer

  • Entertainment-playing cards, etc

  • Rope

  • Sunscreen, sanitizer

  • Bottled Water

  • Tape

  • Travel First Aid Kit

  • Jumper cables

  • Flashlight

  • Emergency blanket

  • High energy foods-crackers, granola, nuts

  • Ready to eat foods-packaged fruit and meat

  • Raingear

  • Tissues & moist towelettes

  • Map of area



Children Disaster Kit: printable PDF version

  • Pen/Paper

  • Flashlight

  • Tissues & moist towelettes

  • Emergency raingear

  • Stuffed animal

  • Coloring books/crayons

  • Books

  • Playing cards

  • High energy foods-crackers, granola, nuts





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Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015
Phone: 702-895-2636
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The recommendations, suggestions, descriptions, and illustrations provided on this website are intended to improve earthquake preparedness; however, they do not guarantee the safety of an individual, structure, or facility. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Earthquakes in Southern Nevada Project, and the Principal Investigators do not assume liability for any injury, death, property damage, loss of revenue, or any other reason that occurs in connection with an earthquake or otherwise.