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
  • 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
  • Flashlights (with batteries) 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

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.


UCSF Discount Disaster Supply Program

You can also purchase premade emergency kits and supplies. UCSF PD has arranged specially priced disaster kits through ReadyAmerica, at 25% discount, for personal or departmental use.

Purchase Information: ReadyAmerica Disaster Preparedness Supplies 


In the event of a disaster scenario, Departments are responsible for maintaining their own emergency equipment and supplies as described in the UCSF Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Guidelines. Put together an emergency survival kit for your department using the Emergency Supply Checklist.

You can also download the Work Site Emergency Supply Estimator.