- Prescription Medication - At least 1 week's worth for each person AND pet
- Potassium Iodide pills (In case of meltdown / attack at nearby nuclear power station)
- Water - Minimum 1 gal per person, per day (1x 5gal jug per person). May want to double that for cooking, etc.
- Wet wipes / sanitizing wipes for cleaning your body without using water
- Plastic sheeting & Duct tape in case you need to seal off a room, window, or entrance to your home (or the air vents)
- First aid kit (splints, bandages, gauze, tape, band-aids in various sizes, tums/rolaids, Immodium, Pepto, Ibuprophen, Tylenol, Aspirin, burn cream, antibiotic ointment, cold compresses, suture kit, snake bite / sting extractor kit, scissors, forceps, moleskin pads, smelling salts, mini tubes of super glue gel, Epi-pen)
- 2 or more N-95 or better respirators / masks for each person
- Ample food for a week that does not require cooking (although cooking may be preferred). I recommend things like canned beans, beefaroni, franks & beans, deviled ham or chicken spread, bread, rolls, or the like (for home only)
- Camping stove
- Propane for lanterns & stove(s)
- Can opener (x2)
- Toilet Paper
- Minimum 1 flashlight per person
- Extra batteries for all battery powered items (3 sets for each)
- Generator / Solar / Wind Turbine (Optional)
- Ice or frozen water bottles already in freezer to preserve food iin fridge / freezer longer.
- Battery powered fans (nice to have)
- "Pump up" personal misters (Nice to have, especially in AZ)
It dawned on me that I hadn't yet posted what you should have on hand to meet your basic preparedness needs (3-5 days). Here's a short list:
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