Building Emergency Kits

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, automobile, and workplace, and emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days.

First Aid Kit

Store your first aid supplies in a tool box or fishing tackle box so they will be easy to carry and protected from water. Inspect your kit regularly and keep it freshly stocked. 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


Supplies and Dressings

 Bandage strips

 Ace bandages

 Rolled gauze

 Cotton-tipped swabs

 Adhesive tape roll

 First aid book




 Bar soap



 Paper cups

 Pocket knife

 Small plastic bags

 Safety pins

 Needle and thread

 Instant cold packs for sprains

 Sanitary napkins

 Splinting materials


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