Being prepared at home is essential in the Pacific Northwest due to severe storms and frequent power outages. This is a thorough list by Rachel Woods which will help all families attain the minimum suggested supplies in the event you are impacted by power outages as a result of flooding, earthquake or severe storms. I have taken the liberty to make a few small changes to her list.


Essentials for Your 72 Hour Home Emergency Kit

(by Rachel Woods)

** In the Pacific Northwest, 72 hours is a minimum, 7-10 days is suggested **

Food and Water
A three day supply of food & water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available:

-Protein/Granola Bars

-Trail Mix/Dried Fruit

-Crackers/Cereals (for munching)

-Easy open cans or pouches of Tuna, Beans, Meat, Vienna Sausages, etc.

-Canned Juice


-Water (1 gallon/4 liters per person per day)

-Remember your pets need food and water also


Bedding and Clothing

-Change of Clothing (shirts, pants, socks, jackets, etc.)                                            -Cloth Sheet

-Undergarments                                                                                                                   -Plastic Sheet

-Rain Coat/Poncho                                                                                                                -Knit Gloves

-Blankets and Emergency Heat Blankets


Fuel and Light

-Battery Lighting (flashlights, lamps)                                                                                -Candles

-Extra Batteries                                                                                                                      -Lighter

-Water Proof Matches                                                                                                            -Flares



-Can Opener                                                                                                                            -Pen and Paper

-Dishes/Utensils                                                                                                                     -Axe

-Shovel                                                                                                                                    -Pocket Knife

-Radio (with extra batteries)                                                                                               -Rope


Personal Supplies

-First Aid Supplies                                                                                                                 

-Toiletries (roll of toilet paper, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)

-Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.)

-Medication (acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children’s medication, etc.)

-Prescription Medication (1 week supply is suggested)


Personal Documents and Money

Family Information with phone numbers and addresses of relatives and friends (preferably in another state)

-Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts)

-Vaccination Papers for your pets

-Pictures of all members of your family including pictures of you and your pets.

-Insurance Policies

-Cash (minimum suggested is $25 per person with bill sizes no larger than $10, $5 & $1)

-Credit Card/Debit Card

-Prepaid Phone Card



-Bag or Bags to put 72 hour kit items in

-Infant Needs (if applicable)


-Update your kit every six months (put a note on your calendar) to make sure that: all food, water, and medications are fresh, clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged.

-Small toys and games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.

-Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothing too.

-You can include any other items you feel are necessary for your family’s survival.

-There are a lot of good basic 72 hour kits you can find online already packed and ready to go. However, they do not include some of the extra nice things to have, like real food, blankets, clothes, and personal care products you like, so you may want to add these items into your pack.