Earthquake Emergency Supply List

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An earthquake emergency supply list can be a useful tool in helping you be prepared for bigger quakes.

The more I read about climate change and all the crazy things going on in our world, the more of a believer I become in prepping. Mind you, I probably won’t ever be the secretive owner of an underground bunker or anything like that, but especially here in California where earthquakes are a part of life, it just can’t hurt to be prepared.

Earthquake Emergency Supply List

Recently, we were told that there was a high likelihood of having a strong earthquake on the Hayward Fault, which is currently a fault we are practically on top of in the San Francisco East Bay. While nothing has happened yet, I did run down to the store at about 10pm to stock up on some basics, just in case. I figure, with an 8 year old and an ailing mother, it never hurts to have a few emergency supplies since it will be me that they depend on in this sort of situation.

Here’s the Earthquake Emergency Supply List I came up with as well as a few of the things I tended to to make sure we were ready. I will probably add to this list as I add to my supplies.


  • All medications were refilled for at least a month (in the future, I may invest in a few extra bottles for my mom).
  • The dog leashes, cat cage and hamster box were all easily accessible and easily found.
  • The gas tank was full in my car.
  • I had extra cash on hand.
  • Bathtub water storage container was handy.
  • The automatic gas shutoff was working properly.


  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Radio with batteries
  • Water – At least 4 gallons per person (this is not a lot, but it’s all I could do at the time)
  • Propane tanks
  • Propane stove
  • Barbecue
  • Duct tape
  • Rope
  • Bleach
  • Bleach wipes
  • Bleach cleaner
  • Can opener
  • Pocket Knife
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Emergency toilet with liners (plastic garbage bags work great in a pinch)
  • Matches
  • Aluminum roasting pans for cooking things that will fall in between the grates on the barbecue. (Think rice and pasta)
  • Change of clothes
  • A few board games
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • A binder with copies of important papers that you would usually store in a safe.


  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Gauze
  • Bandaids
  • Menstrual pads – these are sterile and can be used for larger injuries as bandaids as well as for their intended use.

This one was tough for me. I really don’t want to give up my clean eating habits in an emergency, so I had to choose my food supply a little more cautiously than most. I do not know how to can my own food yet, so purchasing food right now is my only option. If you don’t eat clean, buying canned foods that you enjoy should be pretty easy. Just remember to rotate them in and out of storage so you don’t end up with a ton of spoiled, canned goods.

  • Brown rice
  • Dried beans
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Jarred marinara, no sugar added
  • Large container of instant oats
  • Container of honey
  • Coffee in some form. Either instant, concentrate or grounds
  • A few boxes of Annie’s Mac & Cheese. Definitely not clean eating, but it’s something I know my son enjoys and in a situation like that, if it’s bad, you definitely want at least a few things that will bring you some comfort. For me, it’s chocolate.


  • A case of wet dog food
  • A large bag of dry dog food
  • An extra bag of hamster food
  • A case of cat food
  • Medication

Lastly, here is an interesting video on how to open a can without a can opener. I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems like a pretty good thing to know.

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