Emergency Supplies Check List

Emergency Supplies

Check List

Prepare a bag with the minimum supplies you will need to take with you in a disaster to use until relief supplies arrive.


  • Cash (including coins)
    *¥10 and ¥100 coins for payphones
  • Spare house and car keys
  • Spare eyeglasses, contact lenses, etc.
  • Bank account number, life insurance contract number, etc.
  • Health insurance card
  • Proof of ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Personal seal
  • Mother-child health notebook

Tools for gathering information

  • Mobile phone (with charger)
  • Portable radio (with extra batteries)
  • Photos of family members (to help find them if separated)
  • Emergency contact information for family, relatives and acquaintances
  • Large map of evacuation areas (or pocket map)
  • Writing implements

Food and drink

  • Emergency food
  • Potable water

Convenient tools

  • Disaster hoods or helmets
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Whistle or buzzer (to let others know where you are)
  • Multi-tool utility knife
  • Disposable heat packs
  • Surgical masks
  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminum space blanket
  • Blanket
  • Slippers
  • Cotton or leather work gloves
  • Matches or lighter
  • Water storage bag
  • Rain gear (raincoats, boots, etc.)
  • Plastic tarp
  • Portable toilet

Hygiene and health supplies

  • First-aid kit
  • Household medicines, medications anyone in the family needs, medication notebook
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Change of clothes (including underwear)
  • Wet sheets
  • Sanitizer
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Mouthwash


  • Disposable diapers (for infants or seniors)
  • Menstrual sanitary products
  • Powdered milk/baby formula (or other items that infants may need)
  • Anything else you absolutely need in your daily life
  • Pack your emergency kit in a bag that leaves both hands free, such as a backpack.
  • Keep the kit light and compact enough that it will not impede getting to safety.
  • Select items to include based on the needs of you and your family.
  • Prioritize the preparation of the things that you need most.
  • Periodically check the kit’s contents.

Reference: “Emergency Kit and Supplies Checklist,” Japanese Red Cross Tokyo Metropolitan Chapter

Materials on Hygiene and Health Care in Times of Disaster

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