Family Emergency Supply Checklist

Consider including the items below in your home emergency kit. Prepare a smaller kit with the essentials for each family vehicle and an additional “To Go” kit for your home in case you have to evacuate.

The national Ready campaign has more information on creating an emergency kit and developing a family emergency plan.


One gallon of water per day for each person
Flashlight with extra batteries
Hand crank or battery operated radio
Liquid bleach to purify drinking water


Canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Sugar, salt, pepper
High Energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
Multi vitamins
Comfort foods – cookies, hard candy, cereal

Clothing & Bedding

Sturdy shoes or work boots
Rain gear, warm socks
Blankets or sleeping bags
Hats and gloves
Thermal underwear
Sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray

Other supplies

Mess kits, paper cups, plastic utensils
Duct tape
Wooden matches in waterproof container
Aluminum foil
Plastic storage containers
Signal flare
Paper, pencil
Needles, thread
Shovel & tools
Plastic sheeting
Maps (state, county, city)
Fire extinguisher
Can opener (hand operated)
Utility knife
Paper towels
Personal hygiene items
Plastic bags and tie
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Spray disinfectant
Towelettes or diaper wipes
Toilet paper
Formula, bottles
Canned baby food and juice
Medications, vitamins

General needs

Prescription medications
Insulin and kit
Eye glasses and extra contacts
Cell phone
Important Family Documents

Financial Readiness

The ability to maintain financial stability in the event of an emergency will help your family get back on its feet faster. Operation HOPE, Inc. (OHI) is America’s first non-profit social investment bank and a national leader in providing financial literacy and economic empowerment programs.  OHI developed the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) a simple tool designed to assist you and your family with emergency financial planning.  If you need assistance completing your EFFAK, please call 1-888-388-HOPE (4673).