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Red Cross Emergency Checklist

In times of emergency, it is crucial to be prepared and have a plan in place. The Red Cross Emergency Checklist is designed to help you and your loved ones stay safe and organized during unexpected situations. Whether it is a natural disaster, power outage, or medical emergency, this checklist will ensure that you have the necessary supplies and information at hand.

Essential Supplies

One of the key aspects of preparedness is having essential supplies readily available. The Red Cross Emergency Checklist includes items such as:

  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications and medical supplies
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cash and important documents

Emergency Plan

In addition to supplies, having an emergency plan in place is critical. The Red Cross Emergency Checklist provides guidance on creating a plan that includes:

  • Identifying emergency contacts
  • Determining a safe meeting place
  • Establishing communication methods
  • Knowing evacuation routes
  • Assigning responsibilities to family members

Stay Informed

During an emergency, staying informed is essential. The Red Cross Emergency Checklist emphasizes the importance of:

  • Having a battery-powered radio
  • Following local news and updates
  • Signing up for emergency alerts
  • Knowing the location of nearby shelters
  • Understanding emergency procedures

By following the Red Cross Emergency Checklist, you can be better prepared to handle unexpected situations and ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Remember, being prepared is the first step towards resilience in times of crisis.

Survival Kit Supplies

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.


What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below.


Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)


Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

Multi-purpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

After you gather those basic supplies for your kit, add unique things each member of your family may need, such as:

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)

Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

Games and activities for children

Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

Two-way radios

Extra set of car keys and house keys

Manual can opener

Depending on the types of disasters that are common where you live, also consider adding these things to your kit:


N95 or surgical masks


Rain gear


Work gloves

Tools/supplies for securing your home

Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

Plastic sheeting

Duct tape


Household liquid bleach

Entertainment items

Blankets or sleeping bags

Be Red Cross Ready