Here’s a comprehensive list of supplies that you want to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Start with a waterproof box with lid that fits tightly. Make sure you have at least one gallon of water per day/per person for at least 5 days. Don’t count on grabbing these items from your existing supply in your home, unless you already have duplicates.
To easily gather these supplies, add items per grocery shopping trip, then make a trip to your local hardware store or big box retailer to gather the rest. Store this box on a shelf in the garage. Discuss what this box is with your family so they understand that it’s not to be gone through, but saved in the event it’s really needed.
Water (5 gallons per person for at least 5 days)
Can opener (manual)
Pet food (don’t forget Fido or Kitty!)
Cash and coins (in the event power is out and ATMs are down)
First Aid Kit
Cell phone and charger
Portable battery-powered radio
Matches (waterproof container)
Rope, bungee cord
30-hour emergency candle
Water purification tablets
Extra clothing (one change per person)
Portable generator (optional)