One Year To Be Prepared: Month 12 Checklist

Each month during 2023, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Emergency Management team will provide you a checklist for assembling emergency supplies and help you and your family think though various emergency scenarios. The monthly checklists will also prompt you to consider special circumstances, such as supplies for pets, elders, evacuation routes, and sanitation.

(For the complete list of One Year to be Prepared lists, click here)


Evac Box: Includes your Grab-N-Go binder (see January 2023 newsletter) and any irreplaceable items that can’t be stored on a thumb drive. After all your people  and pets are safe, your Evac Box will be the first thing you grab.

Car Kit: This kit goes everywhere your car goes. Consider storing these items under seats in small, dark containers that won’t be easily noticeable from outside.  This kit not only contains useful items for the car, but can supplement emergency supplies to help unexpected passengers.


  • Grab-N-Go Binder (See Month 1)
  • Souvenirs
  • Sentimental items
  • Heirlooms (family quilts, letters, medals, burial flags, pictures/albums, etc.)
  • List of where to gather essential items, such as jewelry boxes, keys to safety deposit boxes, RVs, additional vehicles, storage facilities, etc.
  • List of where to find other emergency preparedness kits (Pet Kit, B.O.B. Kit, etc.)


Care Care

  • Jumper cables, roadside flares, antifreeze
  • Flat tire inflation canister (non-explosive)
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Vehicle escape tool for underwater
  • No-spill gas can, two quarts of oil
  • Road maps, pen and paper, flashlight
  • Small tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, wrench, tire pressure gage, etc.)
  • Rags or paper towels, sturdy non-latex gloves
  • Tow strap or chain, small shovel

Personal Items

  • Seasonal gear (jacket, hat, gloves, etc.) and extra seasonally-appropriate shoes and socks
  • Sanitation items (soap, sanitizer, trash bag)
  • Cell phone charger, solar battery charger
  • Sleeping bag and blanket
  • Food and water for several days
  • First aid supplies


  • Gather personal items for your Evac Box.
  • Get involved in your community by volunteering at local food banks, shelters, pet shelters, and donation centers. These services can only be provided with the  help of volunteers.


  • Shore up what you’ve already learned and fill in any gaps so that you feel prepared to be the help in an emergency until the help arrives.
  • Continue training to maintain skills.


  • Get an easy-to-carry container or two for your Evac Box supplies.
  • Review your B.O.B. Kit supplies (see Month 2), and gather or purchase any missing items.
  • Add water and food for another three days to your emergency supplies. Make sure to have a good protein source!
  • Rotate any expired items in your emergency supplies.