Short Term Emergency Checklist

by Tess Pennington


 Battery-operated radio
 2-way radio or other form of communication
 Extra Batteries
 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, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container.
 Water purification tablets
 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

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 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
 Non-electric 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 eye glasses
 Contact lenses and supplies


Family photos
 Irreplaceable personal items

Contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years.

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