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Create an Emergency Survival Kit for Your Home

Make an emergency cache of supplies. Remember, after a large earthquake, you may not be able to get to stores, and your water and electricity may be cut off.

Several people gather around a crack in the ground
Large earthquakes occur repeatedly on the Big Island. This one was centered in Kapoho, in 1960.

Home Emergency Survival Kit Checklist

  • Portable radio
  • Flashlight
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Medications
  • Five-day non-perishable food supply
  • Ice chest
  • Containers of water (2 quarts per person per day)
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Personal toilet articles and sanitary needs
  • Disposable diapers
  • Clothing
  • Manual can opener
  • Cooking stove
  • Fuel for stoves, hibachis, or lanterns
  • Pet food
photo of destroyed water tank
A large earthquake may destroy your water tank. Have an emergency supply of drinking water handy.
photo of family preparing supplies
Organize an emergency supply of food and medical supplies this weekend. Isn't your family worth it?
photo of cracked road
A large earthquake may make roads impassable, cutting off your access to stores and hospitals.

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