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Chief of Emergency Management: Julie de Losada


Stocking up on supplies can add to your safety and comfort during and after an earthquake. Store enough supplies for three days for each member of your household.

Purchasing and storing enough supplies for your household can be an overwhelming task. Start by stocking up on some of the more important items and add to your supplies slowly over several months.

Survival Supplies:

  • Water (approximately 1 gallon per person per day) see How to Purify and Store Water
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medicines, spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Food (canned or dried – don’t forget about baby food and/or special diets)
  • Can opener (non-electric)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Portable radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher (A-B-C type)
  • Food and water for pets
  • Cash

Sanitation Supplies:

  • Large plastic bags
  • Clean bucket or trash can
  • Household bleach
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine and infant supplies

Comfort Supplies:

  • Paperback books
  • Paper and pens/pencils
  • Toys for children
  • Change of clothing

Cooking Supplies:

  • Camp stove and extra fuel
  • Pots and pans
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Plastic forks, spoons, and knives
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil

Tools and other supplies:

  • Heavy gloves
  • Knife
  • Crescent wrench
  • Hammer, screwdriver, pliers, etc.
  • Axe, shovel, and broom
  • Garden hose
  • Coil of " rope
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Tent

Additional Resources:

  • FEMA Publication L-154, Emergency Preparedness Checklist
  • FEMA Publication L-210, Food and Water in an Emergency

For More Information Contact:

  • Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (360) 416-1850.
  • Anacortes-San Juan Chapter of the American Red Cross (360) 293-2911
  • Skagit Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross (360) 424-5291

Feel free to print and save any emergency preparedness information for your own use.