Earthquake Preparedness – 96 Hour Emergency Kit

The 96 hour emergency kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for at least 3 days. During the past 20 years this has changed significantly. It was originally the 24 hour kit but then was suggested it be increased to 48, then 72 and then finally 96 hours. The fact of the matter is that when a major quake hits the Southern California region, even 96 hours may not be sufficient as it may take rescue teams up to 7 days to reach the hardest hit areas.

Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required. Items may be stored in a 32 gallon trash can, suitcase, duffel bag, footlocker, or individual backpack.

Here is a general list of items for the 96 hour emergency kit:

*Please keep in mind that this is not definitive list of items to have and this list can be custom tailored to your family’s specific needs. This is general example.


  • Instruction manual of emergency preparedness
  • Battery of solar powered radio
  • First aid kit and manual
    First aid manual
    Pain relievers
    Rubbing alcohol
    Cotton balls
    Cotton swabs
    Anti-bacterial ointment
    Triangular bandage
    Elastic bandage
    Safety pins
    Salt tablets
    Sanitary napkins
    Medical tape
    Small splints
    Heavy string
    Items for specific individual needs

  • Sleeping bags and blankets (wool & thermal)
  • Can opener
  • Waterproof/windproof matches or butane lighter
  • Non-perishable foods
    (Suggested items: Ready-to-eat goods in unbreakable containers, canned meats, juice, fruits & vegetables, powdered milk, infant care foods, crackers, peanut butter, freeze-dried & dehydrtaed goods, meals ready-to-eat (MRE’s))

  • Battery powered or solar flashlights
  • Water
    (1 gallon per person per day)

  • Water purification/filtration
  • Utility knife/multi-tool
  • Emergency candles or battery/solar powered lanterns
  • Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Essential medications
  • Extra clothing


  • Paper & pen
  • Copies of insurance policies & personal papers
    Marriage license
    House mortgage
    Property ownership
    Automobile ownership
    Drivers licenses

  • Money (Cash)
  • Important addresses & phone numbers
  • Work Gloves
  • Tool kit with most commonly used tools
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