Recent natural disasters in California and around the world are reminders of what can happen to us at anytime without any warning. Maybe you just need to double check your 72 hr. kit and replace some of the items you have or start a new one. Being prepared for an emergency will take the extra stress off and help you take care of family and friends. You will also have food and temporary survival means until you get help. Here is the list of the essential items you may need in case of emergency.

Things you should have readily accessible:

1. Portable radio & batteries

2. Flashlight & batteries

3. A basic first aid kit may contain:

  • band aids in a variety of different sizes and shapes 
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings 
  • at least two sterile eye dressings 
  • triangular bandages 
  • crêpe rolled bandages 
  • CPR mask
  • cotton balls
  • safety pins 
  • disposable sterile gloves 
  • tweezers 
  • scissors 
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes 
  • sticky tape 
  • thermometer (preferably digital) 
  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula 
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings 
  • antiseptic cream 
  • pain relievers  (or infant acetaminophen for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen, pills, chewable, spray
  • allergy medicine like Benadryl  (antihistamine tablets)
  • face shields
  • distilled water for cleaning wounds.
  • posing ivy ointment, aloe vera
  • pen flashlight
  • tourniquet 
  • nail clippjers
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • sunscreen
  • eye wash, red eye relief, at least two sterile eye dressings, medicine for conjunctivitis
  • nausea, diarrhea medicine
  • cold and cough medicine, cough drops, saline water
  • menstrual pads, tampons
  • zip lock bags different sizes
  • hand warmers, cold compresses
  • compressed towel


4. First aid book

5. Fire extinguisher

6. Adjustable auto wrench to turn off gas

7. Smoke detector & fresh batteries

8. Portable fire ladder, if upstairs

9. Bottled water for the whole family for 3-4 days, bleach, eye dropper

10. Canned or dried for for the week

11. Non electric can opener

12. Camp stove

13. Kitchen items

14. Duct tape, rope, compass

15. Water proof matches,

16. Emergency phone numbers

17. Out of state phone number for everyone to contact and check in 

18. Walkie talkies, cell phone chargers

19. Signal mirrors

20. Family documents, map

21. Extra pair of comfortable shoes

22. Swiss army knife

23. Whistle

24. Wrench, pliers, crowbar, shovel

25. Light sticks, candles

26. Games and books, pen and paper

27. Cash, coins


In case of Earthquake

Stay calm

Stay away from windows. Do not run

Stay away from buildings, trees, telephone and electric wires

On the road, drive away from overpasses and underpasses.Listen to the radio what routes are available, you may want to avoid crowds taking back streets but you may get stuck in inaccesible areas. Follow instructions. 

More information: City of Santa Clara Emergency Preparedness Page