Emergency Supplies for Earthquake Preparedness

Emergency Supplies for Earthquake Preparedness

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Provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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It's a situation you hope you'll never find yourself in, but when an earthquake strikes are you prepared? Panic and stress can cause poor, impulsive decisions and in some cases, can lead to life-threatening injuries. Don't be caught off guard. Prepare yourself for the unexpected and stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after an earthquake.

These supplies should include a first-aid kit, survival kits for the home and automobile, and emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least three days.

First-aid kit

NOTE: Important medical information and most prescriptions can be stored in the refrigerator, which also provides excellent protection from fires.


  • Hydrogen peroxide to wash and disinfect wounds
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Individually wrapped alcohol swabs
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin tablets
  • Prescriptions and any long-term medications (keep these current)
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Eye drops


  • Bandage strips
  • Ace bandages
  • Rolled gauze
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Adhesive tape roll

Other first-aid supplies

  • First-aid book
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Bar soap
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Paper cups
  • Pocket knife
  • Small plastic bags
  • Safety pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Instant cold packs for sprains
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Splinting materials

Survival kit for your home

Tools and supplies

  • Ax, shovel, broom
  • Screwdriver, pliers, hammer, adjustable wrench
  • Rope for towing or rescue
  • Plastic sheeting and tape

Items for safety and comfort

  • Sturdy shoes that can provide protection from broken glass, nails, and other debris
  • Gloves (heavy and durable for cleaning up debris)
  • Candles
  • Waterproof matches
  • Change of clothing
  • Knife
  • Garden hose (for siphoning and firefighting)
  • Tent
  • Recreational supplies for children and adults
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Portable radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Essential medications and eyeglasses
  • Fire extinguisher — multipurpose, dry chemical type
  • Food and water for pets
  • Toilet tissue
  • Cash

Survival kit for your automobile

  • Blankets
  • Bottled water
  • Change of clothes
  • Coins for telephone calls
  • Fire extinguisher — multipurpose, dry chemical type
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Emergency-signal device (light sticks, battery-type flasher, reflector, etc.)
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Food (nonperishable &mnd nutrition bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Gloves
  • Local map and compass
  • Rope for towing, rescue, etc.
  • Paper and pencils
  • Premoistened towelettes
  • Prescription medicines
  • Battery-operated radio with fresh batteries
  • Small mirror for signaling
  • Toilet tissue
  • Tools (pliers, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Whistle for signaling
  • Jumper cables
  • Duct tape

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov.

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