Table 1.

Department of Homeland Security 15-item checklist

1. First-aid kit
2. Working flashlight
3. Working battery-powered portable radio
4. Spare batteries
5. Mess kit or paper cups, plates, plastic utensils
6. Cash or traveler's checks
7. Nonelectric can opener or utility knife
8. Antibacterial wipes or gel
9. Personal hygiene items
10. Toilet paper or towelettes
11. One change of clothes per person
12. Blanket or sleeping bag per person
13. Essential medications
14. Extra keys for house and car
15. List of emergency phone numbers