In Case of Emergency Disaster What Do You Need


In Case of Emergency Disasters have been declared 597 times in the United States between the years 2001 – 2011, according to FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

These numbers are astounding. Here are the numbers for emergency disasters declared as per FEMA, for the top ten states with the most emergency disasters.

  • Texas 84
  • California 77
  • Oklahoma 66
  • Florida 63
  • New York 62
  • Louisiana 56
  • Alabama 54
  • Kentucky 53
  • Arkansas 51
  • Missouri 50

In Case of Emergency you should have the following supplies in your In Case of Emergency bag.

You can not survive long without water.  I’m not quite sure how you will carry large quantities.

You need to have a gallon of water per person, per day, In Case of Emergency.

You need food for a 30 day supply. The easiest type of food is dried condensed food meant to be stored for extended periods of time.

You should have a radio-flashlight with a hand crank, In Case of Emergency. You never know if your batteries will run out. With the hand cranked radio you know you will have the energy necessary to run the radio flashlight In Case of Emergency. You should also have a two-way or short wave radio in case the cell phone towers are overloaded or down.

You should have a first aid kit In Case of Emergency. You must be ready. One of the biggest problems in a disaster emergency is the outbreak of infections. If you are prepared In Case of Emergency with bandages and antiseptics like peroxide, rubbing alcohol and bacitracin you will have a much better chance of warding off infection.  I know some of you won’t forget to pack the other kind of alcohol. Just don’t get caught with it.  Medications need to be in prescription bottles if they are prescribed.  They should not be loose in your bag.

Make sure In Case of Emergency you have a list of your prescriptions. You can use WalletICE TM for this. In Case of Emergency WalletICE TM Can Save Your Life. WalletICE TM, has spaces for you to fill in with who to contact In Case of Emergency. WalletICE TM also has many spaces for you to fill in the medications you may be taking with the dosages. WalletICE TM has space provided for many other pieces of medical information. You can get a copy free for personal use by filling out a request at at the same time you will also be able to sign up for our newsletter with ICE updates. You should keep a copy of WalletICE TM in your wallet, in your refrigerator in the glove compartment of your car and in your In Case of Emergency bag.

You should also have ICE In Case of Emergency listed in your cell phone.

You would indicate these phone numbers as ICE 1 ie. Wife or Husband with name. So it would be ICE 1 Wife Mary Jones. You can then go on to list your next ICE contact as ICE 2 and so on. You may also need to place the acronym ICE in front of the last name, so it will come up under the letter “I”  when medical personnel search through your contacts. Emergency medical personnel know to look for this, however you should still have an ICE In Case of Emergency card in your wallet.  Like I said I’m giving them away for personal use free at just fill in the request form and the link will be emailed to you. Remember a cell phone can be lost in an emergency, get wet, or run out of battery life.   Be prepared with WalletICE TM as well.

It is a good idea to have an ample supply of face masks In Case of Emergency where you need to protect against particles in the air.

A hand sanitizer is a good idea.  You may need your water for drinking not washing.

Arrange a contact point outside your local area.  This contact point will provide a place to leave word for other loved ones on how to reach each other, or perhaps where you are. I will be looking into this, so stay in touch by signing up for my newsletter at

Within the next 7-10 days you will also be able to visit and find an array of products you should have ready in your In Case of Emergency bag should the need arise. I was a Girl Scott and our motto was “Always Be Prepared.”  In Case of Emergency you may not have time to start gathering things for your In Case of Emergency bag.

You should also know the nearest emergency shelter in your area, and the evacuation route.

I hope and pray we will never need any of this. The reality is according to FEMA every state in the United States has reported some type of disaster in the last decade.

Here is an inventory list of items you may need.   I may or may not have mentioned them already.

  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Denture needs
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent w/DEET
  • Lip balm
  • First-aid kit
  • Ear plugs w/case
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby wipes or the adult version — Bath-size wipes are available in the camping section of sporting goods stores and are a must in areas without water.
  • Identification, including ID with photo.
  • Cash (suggested is $100 in tens and $20 spare tucked somewhere else) and various change.
  • Flashlight w/batteries
  • Hard hat – required with some teams
  • Safety glasses – required with some teams
  • Dust filter mask (fit-tested N-95 filter mask if working in areas with communicable diseases)
  • Latex-free exam gloves if working in areas with communicable diseases
  • Multi-purpose tool – knife, screwdriver, can-opener, etc.
  • Pocket sewing kit
  • Waterproof matches
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) and plastic flatware
  • Cell phone with spare battery, charger and automobile charger
  • Credit cards
  • Health Insurance card or information
  • Long-distance calling card
  • Entertainment — Paperback book, deck of cards, etc.
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Sleeping bag pad or inflatable mattress
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Towel
  • Backpack/daypack
  • Maps — Road, topographic if necessary

This list does not necessarily contain all the items you may need In Case of Emergency, however it is a good start.

Don’t forget to go to and get the link emailed to you for WalletICE TM.  When requesting WalletICE TM you will also be put on the list for our monthly newsletter.  You will be able to unsubscribe at any time should you desire.

Be well and be safe

Annette Fisher

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