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Create an emergency pack or kit

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says when preparing for an emergency situation, start with the basics of survival: clean water, food, clean air and warmth.

The following lists will help you Be Prepared for times of emergency.

Family Emergency Kit

If you must evacuate your home with little notice …

  • Three-day supply of water
  • Nonperishable foods (including pet food) and a nonelectric can opener
  • Eating utensils
  • Special foods for any dietary restrictions, including baby foods
  • Family first-aid kit
  • Battery- or cranked-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries (rotate these out regularly so they don’t go stale in your closet)
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Blanket or sleeping bag for each family member
  • Extra clothing
  • Face masks for air filtering
  • Soap, wipes, antibacterial gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Copies of important family documents in waterproof containers
  • Signal whistle
  • Local maps
  • Cash

Major Disaster Preparedness Items

If you can safely stay in your home during an emergency …

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tool kit (with ax, shovel, broom, screwdriver, pliers, hammer, coil of rope, coil of bailing wire, duct tape, razor blades, adjustable wrench for turning off gas or water)
  • Chart showing location of shutoff valves in your home, including the main electrical switch
  • Portable fire escape ladder for homes or buildings of more than one floor
  • Portable butane or charcoal stove (to be used outdoors away from the garage)
  • Gloves and cloths for cleaning up dangerous spills
  • Covered containers for storing waste
  • Garden hose kept near an outside faucet

Personal Emergency Service Pack

If you and your troop are called out to serve during an emergency …

  • Poncho or raincoat with hood
  • Change or underwear and socks
  • Small bag with toiletries
  • Sleeping bag and waterproof ground cloth
  • Map of area where you’re going
  • 50 feet of No. 5 sash cord
  • Hand ax, folding saw or pocketknife
  • Water treatment equipment
  • Cook kit and canteen
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Hard hart
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Emergency ration
  • Pencil and small notebook
  • Handkerchief
  • Compass and map of the area (and GPS if you have one, with extra batteries)
  • Watch
  • Facial tissues
  • Work gloves
  • Face masks for air filtering

64 Comments on Create an emergency pack or kit

  1. Thanks its good to help

  2. Window the Scout Webmaster // July 23, 2022 at 5:09 pm // Reply

    cool this helped with my merit badge pre requisites

  3. Cool beans

  4. yes

  5. Thx Helped with EPrep. In reality, u only need one thing. CASH. U can get everything you need with it.

  6. Thx this really helped a ton for e prep

  7. Do you have to include ALL of these items in the kit for Eprep #8b?

  8. llama-llama-duck // January 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm // Reply

    Life-straw/Water purification tablets

  9. Neat, this helped with my Emer Prep a ton ‘,:>

  10. this is exactly ppppeeeerrffeecctt for requirement 8b on e prep merit badge

  11. That One Guy // January 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm // Reply


  12. Boyscoutjr // June 15, 2018 at 10:29 am // Reply

    In the emergency preparation requirement it makes you get lots of stuff like a radio and meals for a family to survive any help to make the cost go down

  13. Michaeldahan // November 11, 2017 at 4:51 am // Reply

    You can preorder this survival kit from Survival Gizmo. It is an online store for these kinds of things. There are lots of collections you can check out now!.

  14. Concerned Scout // November 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm // Reply

    Good list ,but the cost of all this stuff is huge! What do you do if you are not rich!?

  15. This is a great list and working on E. Prep is why I looked this up but seems like a lot of expense on my mom to purchase all this stuff to finish my merit badge. Any ideas on a cheaper way to do this and it be acceptable for the merit badge counselor?

  16. good for e prep

  17. Anonymous // May 31, 2017 at 8:15 pm // Reply

    very helpful for merit badges.

  18. Mom wont get all the stuff, but helpful for E. Prep.

  19. awsome

  20. dog food is not edible for human beings like me.

  21. Great list, Mom refuses to get the stuff for it though.

  22. sounds good I will have to try it. Its a little like the Les Stroud ( Survivorman ) one.

  23. Helped out a lot for emergency prep.

  24. Helped out a lot for emergency prep

  25. NickTheMajestic // August 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm // Reply

    Cool for surviving a nuke. Seriously! 🙂

  26. Supershivz // June 29, 2015 at 11:42 am // Reply

    Great for Emer Prep

  27. Thanks, this was very helpful for Emer. Preparedness

  28. BOYSCOUTER 101 // April 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm // Reply


  29. BOYSCOUTER 101 // April 8, 2015 at 7:32 pm // Reply


  30. fenier greyback // December 29, 2014 at 10:46 am // Reply

    this is an awesome resource for e. prep merit badge

  31. fenier greyback // December 29, 2014 at 10:42 am // Reply

    This helped me out a lot in e prep merit badge.

  32. Alpha grizzly // November 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm // Reply

    So is this just for helping out when called on or not also do you really need a hatchet?

  33. I found pedro!

    • Hatchet would probably be if there was a hurricane or a flood and you need to break out of your house or unblock something where a tree fell

  34. Good list. I carry a pocket survival kit as well, waterproofed matches, flint and striker, some duct tape, fish hooks and sinkers and line, water purification tablets, a few small blades, and a water bag. I use an empty dip can to carry it in.

  35. im taking emergency prep at summer camp and this was very helpful

  36. What about a multipurpose tool (knife, can opener, pliers, etc.) Useful in all situations.
    What is a good water treatment kit for the home in case of long water outages?

  37. this is cool

  38. Jimmyjohns // May 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm // Reply

    How about a sandwhich

    • An MRE will keep longer, and keep you going longer. Many surplus stores carry them. Anyone who’s been in the service can show you how to use the flameless heater to cook the main dish. 😉

      • T41 Scout // January 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm //

        MRE’s don’t have enough nutrition

      • Delta Force // May 15, 2014 at 12:11 am //

        Exactly what do you mean by that? I ate nothing but MREs %90 of the time while on my eight year deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Guess what, I’m as healthy as ever. Trust me when I say MRE s are loaded with nutrition!

  39. very helpful

  40. Oa+BoyScout+Leader // January 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm // Reply


  41. girl scout caddete // December 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm // Reply


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