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Earthquake….you ready? Your disaster kit checklist!! March 23, 2011

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In light of the earthquake in Japan, I decided to dedicate this next post on what should be in your earthquake or disaster preparedness kit.  Since many of us are guilty of not having a disaster kit and/or plan, I urge all of you to spend an hour during your weekend and prepare a kit.  It’s Easy!!!  You probably already have majority of these items around your home. The key is to put them in a dedicated container and to devise a plan with your family.  Here is a list of items that should be in your earthquake/disaster kit.


All items should be placed in a large water-proof, plastic container that is easily accessible and preferably placed outside.


WaterOne gallon per person per day. Keep at least a 3-day supply and store in plastic bottles.

FoodCanned non-perishable food, 3-day supply.  High energy food that will not make you thirsty.  Try to avoid foods that require water to prepare them.


First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage/dressing
  • Burn ointment
  • Over the counter medication: Pain-med, Aspirin, Anti-diarrhea
  • Prescription medications: inhaler, insulin, heart medication
  • Scissors
  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers

Documents (copies of)

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account and credit card numbers
  • Important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Blanket or Sleeping bag

Minimum of $100 cash since banks/ATMs shut down during disasters

Warm clothing and Rain gear



  • Battery-operated or hand crank radio
  • Heavy Duty gloves
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Pocket Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Signal flair
  • Batteries
  • Matches
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to cover broken windows)


Nice to have items but not essential

  • Battery operated lanterns
  • Dust Mask and Goggles
  • Family photos, to find missing people
  • Gas/camping/portable stove
  • Crowbar
  • Solar charger
  • Whistle


Also, if you would like to donate to the Red Cross for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund, please click on the link below