Disaster Checklist

Whether you are preparing for a winter storm, fire, flood, or tornado you need to put together a disaster preparedness checklist to give your family the best chance of survival. We have taken the recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross (ARC) and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and have developed the checklist below.

Most agencies are recommending that you prepare your family to be self-sufficient for three day to a week before services can be completely restored after a major disaster...

Suggested Preparations:

Water: Store one gallon per person per day. Two quarts for drinking and two quarts for cooking.

CHECKMRK.WMF (618 bytes)Food: Have enough non-perishable food on hand for your family to survive on for three days to one week. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Select foods that are compact and can be stored for long periods of time.

First Aid: Assemble a first aid kit for your home and for each car.

CHECKMRK.WMF (618 bytes)Cooking: Have alternative methods for cooking such as a camp stove or barbecue.

Basic Supplies that should be included in your Disaster Preparedness Kits:

  • Mess Kit; plates, cups, utensils
  • Emergency Preparedness Manual
  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries or a Wind Flashlight
  • Wind or battery Operated Radio with Extra Batteries
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Candles, Battery Operated Lamps, Lanterns and Lantern Fuel
  • Battery Operated Smoke Alarm
  • Battery Operated Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Portable Toilet and Toilet Paper
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Plastic Garbage Bags, Zip-locking Bags
  • Waterless Antibacterial Hand Soap
  • Disinfectant / Bleach
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Antiseptic
  • Full supply of Prescription Medication
  • Non-electric Can Opener
  • Aluminum Foil

Important Documents Checklist

It is sensible to have all your family documents organized during the best of times; in certain times, you'll want to make it a priority.  Use this checklist to assemble your documents and make sure they're all up-to-date.  You may want to keep some documents in a safe deposit box, fire-proof safe or other secure location.  If so, keep copies handy for easy access and take them with you in the even of a disaster.


  • Health records for each family member, including one page for each person with a brief history of any major medical conditions or episodes, vaccination records, and doctor's contact information.
  • List of special needs for any family member (i.e. disability, pregnancy, allergy, etc.)
  • List of medication needed by family members
  • Health insurance information
  • Name and address of family dentist


  • Bank address and phone number (include all account numbers)
  • Retirement accounts name, address, phone numbers
  • Credit card numbers and expiration dates
  • Family
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce decrees
  • Passport
  • Citizenship papers
  • Adoption papers
  • Social Security Cards
  • Drivers Licenses

General Household

  • State and Federal Tax Records
  • Fire, Homeowners, and Renters insurance policies
  • Life insurance policies
  • U.S. Savings Bonds, stocks, securities, deeds and mortgages
  • Car title and registration
  • Automobile insurance
  • Last will and testament
  • Location of extra set of house and car keys
  • Names and descriptions of any pets
  • Veterinarian's name, address and phone number


  • Emergency Preparedness Manual
  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries or a Wind Flashlight
  • Wind or battery Operated Radio with Extra Batteries


For Baby;

  • Canned or Powered Formula
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Bottles & Nipples
  • Powered Milk
  • Baby Food
  • Medications & Ointment

Entertainment; Games & Books.

Banking; Keep and adequate amount of cash on hand to last your family for up to a week.

Communications; Telephone lines may still be operational even if the power goes out. There is a possibility that portable phones will not work with out electricity, therefore, keep one non-portable phone in your home for emergency situations. Cellular and Digital phone systems may be operational even without electricity. Make sure you have fully charged backup batteries available. Plan for the situation that all telephones will not be working in the event of a major disaster.

Pets; Be sure to have extra food and water for your pets in your preparedness plans.


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