Emergency Essentials: An Emergency Checklist from Basic to Super-Prepped

Emergency Essentials: An Emergency Checklist from Basic to Super-Prepped

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Jennifer Hunter
Jun 8, 2015
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You already know you should have some basics hanging around the house in case of emergency. Have you been dragging your feet on getting your items together? No more excuses! Follow this tiered checklist; it will help you get just what you need, whether that's the absolute minimum of stuff (and storage space) possible or a ready-for-anything preppers paradise.

Here's the idea: the basic list should tuck into any small backpack or bag and can carry you through a night sans power and water. If your family has extra needs or you just want to be a little more prepared, allocate some extra space to storing the basic items plus the items in one (or both) of the other categories.

Level 1: Basic

  • Drinking water
  • Non perishable snacks
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Wet wipes
  • Cash
  • Copies of identity cards and insurance information


Level 2: Pretty prepared

  • Prescription medication
  • Waterproof matches
  • Candles
  • Dust mask
  • Pet food
  • Baby formula
  • Feminine supplies
  • Emergency blanket
  • A change of clothes
  • Cans of food/can opener
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Battery operated radio


    Level 3: Super Prepper

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tool kit
  • Kids books/games
  • Extra shoes/boots
  • Cooking pot
  • Duct tape
  • Paper map



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