Disaster/Emergency Supplies

After a major incident such as an earthquake, emergency resources may be signifnicantly liimted. It's recommended we be prepared to care for ousrelves, and each other, for the first 72 hours.

Basic supplies for such a scenario include the following:

  • Drinking water and enough for hygeine (hand-washing)
  • Snack foods, such as energy bars, dried fruit, nuts and other energy snacks
  • Canned/packaged foods that do not require heating, such as fruit, juice, tuna, chicken, jerky
    • Canned/packaged foods should be water-packed and low-salt whenever possible
  • Blanket, pillows (e.g., space blanket and inflatable travel pillow)
  • First aid supplies
  • Headlamps (with batteries--remain hands-free as an alternative to flashlights) or light sticks
  • AM/FM radio with batteries
  • Eating utensils, can opener
  • Cell phone with extra battery and out-of-town contact phone numbers
  • Daily medications, extra eyeglasses or contact lens supplies
  • Change of clothes, walking shoes (tennis shoes) with socks, warm jacket, rain poncho
  • Safety pins, whistle, pocketknife, toothpaste and toothbrush, hand sanitizers, towel, washcloth, sunscreen
  • Book, playing cards, etc.
  • Child care needs (clothing, water, food, blankets, medication, etc.)
  • Pet care needs
  • Medical devices or aids

For more general information on how to prepare for the first 72 hours:

  • Visit SF72, provided by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM);
  • Or Ready.gov, produced by FEMA
  • Visit California Office of Emergency Services for a more detailed resource library that addresses Access and Functional Needs persons and families.

Understanding Access and Functional Needs

Access and functional needs (AFN) refers to individuals who are or have:

  • Physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities
  • Chronic conditions or injuries
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Older adults
  • Children
  • Low income, homeless and/or transportation disadvantaged (i.e., dependent on public transit)
  • Pregnant women

***Detailed guidance on integrating AFN can be found in the AFN library



In the event of a major disaster, Departments are responsible for maintaining their own emergency equipment and supplies as described in the UCSF Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Guidelines.

You can also download the Work Site Emergency Supply Estimator.