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When preparing for the event of an earthquake it is important to remember that you could get help in hours, or it might take days. To purchase assembled earthquake preparedness kits, see our Earthquake Preparedness Kits and Supplies page. If you choose to purchase one or make your own, it is important you have all of the items listed below, in a Basic Kit.

Recommended Items in Basic Kit:
  1. Water. One gallon per person per day for at least three days.
  2. Food. At least a three day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils. Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
  3. Choose foods your family will eat.
    • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
    • Protein or fruit bars
    • Dry cereal or granola
    • Peanut butter
    • Dried fruit
    • Nuts
    • Crackers
    • Canned juices
    • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
    • High energy foods
    • Vitamins
    • Food for infants
    • Comfort/stress foods
  4. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  5. Flashlight and extra batteries
  6. First aid kit Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
    • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
    • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
    • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
    • Burn ointment to prevent infection.
    • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
    • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
    • Thermometer
    • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
    • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
    • Other:
      • Scissors
      • Tweezers
      • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    • Non prescription drugs; Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
      • Anti-diarrhea medication
      • Antacid (for upset stomach)
      • Laxative
  7. Other Items
    • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place whistle to signal for help
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
    • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
    • 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.
    • Matches in a waterproof container
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