Earthquake emergency supply must haves

Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient (able to live without electricity/gas, running water, telephones) for at least three days following a major emergency.

Essential supplies:

• Water: one gallon per person per day (a week’s supply of water is preferable)

• Water-purification kit

• First-aid kit, freshly stocked

• First-aid book

• Non-perishable food

• Can opener (non-electric)

• Blankets or sleeping bags

• Portable radio, flashlight and spare batteries

• Essential medications

• Extra pair of eyeglasses

• Extra set of house and car keys

• Fire extinguisher: A-B-C type

• Food, water and restraint (leash or carrier) for pets

• Cash and change

• Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier; soap and baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, jars of baby foods and juices

Supplies should be kept in a backpack or bag that can be reached quickly in an emergency and that can be used at home or taken with you; there should be enough supplies for each member of the family.

Some sources recommend having one set of supplies in your home, another in your car and a third in your workplace.

Source: California governor’s Office of Emergency Services. For more, visit