Create a disaster survival kit

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Courtesy American Red Cross & FEMA

Every household needs to have a disaster survival kit in case of a long-term disaster whether itswildfire danger, power outages caused by dangerous weather or from other types of disasters.

It will also prove crucial after you return to your home after an evacuation or a disaster. You’ll need food and supplies on hand as power, water and gas may be out for extended periods of time and there may be limited resources, like food and gasoline, available.

Basic supplies:

  • Water. 1 gallon per person, per day, 2-week supply. Include water for pets.
  • Food. 2-week supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items. Manual can opener if using canned items.
  • Portable gas stove with extra canisters
  • Flashlights & extra batteries
  • Battery-powered, solar or hand-cranked radio
  • First aid kit
  • Know CPR. Take a class, if needed. Visit redcross.org.
  • Medications & medical supplies. 2-week supply including hearing aid batteries, glasses, syringes, etc.
  • Baby supplies. Bottles and 2-week supply of formula, baby food, diapers, etc.
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers, including a solar or battery-operated charger
  • Family & emergency contact information (paper copy)
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blankets or sleeping bags
  • Paper maps of the area
  • Games & activities for children
  • Pet supplies with 2 weeks of food
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car & house keys
  • Whistle
  • N95 or P100 face masks
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools & supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat & sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Fire extinguisher (know how to use it)
  • Disposable paper plates, cups & utensils (biodegradable preferred)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags & plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Non-sparking wrench & pliers for turning off utilities
  • Locate all utilities shut offs in advance and know how to turn them off

Read Tahoe Guide’s 4th Annual Wildfire Preparedness Guide


Make a first aid kit
(For a family of 4)

  • Required medications & medical supplies for family members
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 emergency blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size to fit adults)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pads
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency First Aid guide (paper copy)
  • Check the kit regularly & replace expired items.