One Year to be Prepared: Month 2 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.

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Month 2: Emergency Kits

In addition to a Grab-n-Go binder (see Month 1 checklist), these kits can help you be prepared for various kinds of emergencies.

Go Kit: Three-day supply of essential items for survival. Keep one per person traveling with you in your vehicle.

  • Water
  • Food (lightweight, no-preparation needed)
  • First aid supplies and prescription medications
  • Shelter-building supplies
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Fire-starting methods
  • Money in small denominations
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Season-appropriate clothing
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Fixed-blade knife
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Leather and non-latex gloves
  • Poncho
  • Whistle
  • NOAA radio
  • N95 mask
  • Personal items: lip balm, hair tie, etc.

Bug-Out-Bag (BOB): Has larger quantities of supplies in case you cannot stay home, and should help you reach a predetermined safe destination. Keep in a pack you can comfortably carry over large distances.

  • Food and water
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Trash bags
  • Prescription medications
  • Extra glasses/sunglasses
  • Duct tape
  • Multi-tool/fixed-blade knife
  • Hair band
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Fire-starting method(s)
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Lip balm/chapstick
  • First aid supplies
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Maps of commonly-traveled areas
  • Mirror/reflective item
  • Sheltering items (tent, tarp, rope, etc.)
  • Hand-crank, solar-powered radio
  • Communication info (written contact info in case of unavailable cell phone)
  • Contact cards
  • Grab-n-Go binder


  • Take photos of every room, closet, cabinet, and drawer in your home
  • Store photos online, if possible, or in your Grab-n-Go Binder
  • Photograph big-ticket items individually
  • Contact your insurance to make sure you have enough coverage to replace your home and its contents

Train or Be Trained:

  • Practice evacuating from each room of your home
  • Do day and night drills, as well as rain and shine drills

Supplies – Gather or Purchase

  • Add three more days worth of water per person and pet to your kit
  • Add ready-to-eat foods to your supplies
  • Start with enough for three days worth for each household member
  • Add any necessary baby supplies

Pet Disaster Checklist


  • Photocopied veterinary records:
    • Rabies certificate
    • Vaccinations
    • Medical summary
    • Prescriptions for medications
    • Most recent test result for:
      • Heartworm (dogs)
      • FeLV/FIV (cats)
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Pet description(s) (ex: breed, sex, color, weight)
  • Recent photographs of each of your pets
  • Waterproof container for documents
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name, and number of microchip company)
  • Your contact information (phone numbers and addresses for your family and friends or relatives you may be staying with)

Food, Water and Medications

  • 2-week supply of food for each animal, stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Manual can opener
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • Medication instructions (if applicable)
  • 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
  • One month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative (for dogs)

Other Supplies:

  • Leash, collar with I.D. and harness
  • Toys
  • Litterbox and litter (cats
  • Pet first aid book and first aid kit
  • Appropriate sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket and towel
  • Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)