Sometimes people receive little or no advance warning of a looming emergency or disaster and often receive short notice of the need to evacuate their homes. If you are new to prepping and looking for a basic list of the emergency supplies you would need if you are advised to leave your home due to a disaster. The basic emergency supplies evacuation checklist below will help you gather the basic items you will need.
Basic Emergency Supplies Evacuation Checklist
Non-Perishable Foods & Water Supplies
For most emergency situations you should plan to have at least enough food and water for each member of your family for 3-5 days.
Water – This is very important you can only survive 3 days without water. You will ideally need 1 gallon per person per day for drinking. For example, 5 days supply of water for a family of 4 would be equal to 20 gallons of drinking water. If you’ll also be using water for personal hygiene you will need more than this amount of water.
Food – Below are some suggestions of foods you can easily pack in case you have to evacuate in a hurry. You can substitute or add items to this list. You may have some of these or similar foods in your home already.
- ☐ Canned soups & Meats with ring pull tabs
- ☐ Canned Fruit & Vegetables with ring pull tabs
- ☐ Tuna fish sealed pouch or cans with ring pull tabs
- ☐ Peanut butter
- ☐ Granola bars
- ☐ Dried fruit
- ☐ Beef jerky
- ☐ Nuts & Trail mix
- ☐ Shelf-stable applesauce
- ☐ Shelf-stable pudding
- ☐ Peanut butter crackers
- ☐ Cheese crackers
- ☐ Energy Gum
- ☐ Vitamins
Tableware & Sundries
Paper products For Meals: These items are useful when there is no water with which to wash dishes.
- ☐ Paper Plates & Paper Cups
- ☐ Plastic cups
- ☐ Plastic Utensils
- ☐ Paper Towels
- ☐ Can opener for cans that don’t have a pull tab
- ☐ Garbage bags (13 gal. for personal hygiene items and 30 gal. for normal garbage)
Additional Emergency Preparedness Items
- ☐ Matches in a waterproof container
- ☐ Lighter
- ☐ Flashlight
- ☐ Extra Batteries – AA, AAA, D, C, CV (Or whatever your kit items require)
- ☐ Multi-tool or Small Tool Kit with Pliers, Wrench, Screwdrivers
- ☐ Duct Tape
- ☐ Plastic Sheeting and or Tarps
- ☐ Dust Masks
- ☐ Hand Cranked Radio
- ☐ Cell phone with charger
- ☐ Solar charger
- ☐ Whistle to signal for help
- ☐ Pen & Paper
- ☐ Household Fire Extinguisher
- ☐ Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.)
- ☐ Cash
- ☐ Maps
- ☐ A spare set of House keys and Car keys
MEDICATIONS & FIRST AID
- ☐ First aid kit
- ☐ First Aid Manual
- ☐ Prescription Medication
- ☐ Over the counter medication, for example, aspirin
- ☐ Glasses
- ☐ Hearing Aids
- ☐ Toothbrush
- ☐ Toothpaste
- ☐ Soap
- ☐ Feminine hygiene supplies
- ☐ Razor
- ☐ Towels
- ☐ Diapers or anything specific for your baby or children’s needs
Clothing & Bedding
Pack enough of the following clothing and bedding items to provide for the whole family.
- ☐ Blankets/Sheets or Sleeping Bag
- ☐ Pillows
- ☐ Extra Clothing & Shoes appropriate for the weather conditions
It’s a good idea to have the following with you in case you need to access an emergency shelter and you want to bring your pets with you.
- ☐ Immunization Records
- ☐ Registration Records
- ☐ Pet Food & Supplies
It’s a good idea to make a copy of the following documents and store on a USB stick to carry with you at all times.
- ☐ Drivers License
- ☐ Credit and Debit Cards
- ☐ Insurance Policies
- ☐ Bank Statements
- ☐ Wills
- ☐ Passports
- ☐ Birth certificates
- ☐ Marriage certificate
- ☐ Social Security cards
- ☐ Property Deeds
- ☐ Inventory of household goods
- ☐ Immunization records
- ☐ Stocks and Shares
- ☐ A List containing Important Contact Numbers
Basic Emergency Supplies Evacuation Checklist for if you have prior notice
There’s no doubt we are getting better at predicting natural disasters whilst these predictions cannot always be guaranteed as completely accurate. They can give you some extra advanced notice allowing you to take care of the following:
- ☐ Grab Some Cash – ATM’s will not be working when the power goes out
- ☐ Fill your vehicles with fuel
- ☐ Fill up your spare fuel cans
- ☐ Purchase enough water for each person to have 1 gallon of water for at least 3 days
- ☐ Buy enough shelf-stable food for 3 days for each person in your household
- ☐ Purchase additional batteries
Another benefit of advanced notice is you will know what disaster scenario you are facing, use this time to source any additional items that will help you for what you are about to face. If possible also use this time to secure your home to protect it as best you can.
Don’t Put It Off
If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, please make sure you have your basic emergency supplies evacuation checklist items completed and ready at all times to grab and go at a moments notice. It’s much better to prepare for the worst now and not ever need it than to be left in a bind making a bad situation being even worse.
The above basic emergency supplies evacuation checklist is not designed to be an exhaustive list of supplies you will need. It is a basic list of the key items that can help you to survive if you are evacuated from your home due to a disaster. If you would like to join the growing number of preppers who are preparing for more detailed survival scenarios than the basic one above. You can check out our prepping resources page for more checklists and prepper resources.
To get you started here are a few links to well-known prepper information sites that can help you with your emergency preparedness planning.