Top items to include in a disaster plan checklist.
Learn more about what you should include in a disaster planning checklist to prepare yourself or your household for an emergency.
From wildfires and droughts to floods and hurricanes, natural disasters can strike with little or no notice — which is why the best time to prepare for an emergency is before one happens. When you take the time to create an emergency kit, it’s one of the biggest steps you can take in staying safe. Let’s explore some recommended items to include in your disaster preparedness checklist.
Create your disaster planning checklist.
A good emergency kit has things you need to navigate a disaster, whether that means staying at home or evacuating your area. You may find that the easiest way to manage yours is with a digital checklist that you can access online and regularly update as needed — such as for food expiration dates or other items. Here are some commonly recommended items to have on hand and listed on your PDF:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Non-perishable food items (minimum of 3 day supply)
- Flashlight and battery-operated radio
- Cell phone with charger and backup battery
- Emergency blanket
- First aid kit and medications
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (for sheltering in place, if necessary)
- Extra batteries and multi-purpose tool
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents, like IDs and passports, birth certificates, medical information, etc.
- Extra cash
Once you’ve completed your checklist, you can easily convert it to a PDF for safekeeping and sharing with household members. In addition to having these physical items on hand, it can also be helpful to create a disaster recovery planning checklist for your essential documents. This means turning copies of paper documents into digital ones, so you can easily access them during or after an emergency.
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