6 January 2020

4.1 MINS

  1. Food & Water

  • Bottled water (3L per person per day for up to 4 days) or water purification tablets

  • Range of non-perishable foods / snacks, baby formula milk (3 to 4-day supply)

  • Can opener, cutlery & cooking equipment
    e.g. a pot & mini gas stove

  1. Medical & Sanitation

  • First Aid Kit & Manual (include Refresh eye drops to help with smoke / dust, & have Vaseline which aids minor burns/cuts)

  • Essential medications, prescriptions & dosage (include pain relief medicine)

  • Toilet paper, tissues

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Soap, shampoo

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Sunscreen, insect repellent

  1. Light

  • Waterproof flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) / head lamp

  • Battery-powered lantern

  • Candles with waterproof matches (N.B. Do not use candles in Total Fire Bans)

  1. Communications

  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries

  • Mobile with portable charger (add SES phone no. 132 500 to contact list)

  1. Clothing & Footwear

  • Bushfire-protective clothing

  • Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat & leather safety gloves for everyone

  • Closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone

  • Change of clothes for everyone

  1. Tools & Supplies

  • Whistle, utility / pocket knife, duct / masking tape

  • Plastic garbage bags, bucket, trowel (to bury toilet waste)

  • Temporary shelter & seating e.g. lightweight tarp, tent, folding chairs

  • Safety goggles & respirator masks (P2 for smoke / fumes), sunglasses

  1. Miscellaneous

  • Special items for babies / toddlers e.g. nappies, wipes, dummy, favourite toy

  • Special items needed by elderly, injured or disabled

  • Pet food, water, bowls and other pet needs; ID tag / collar, leash, carry cage

  • Pillows, sleeping bags, woollen blankets, towels

  • Valuables — make a list of specific items, so you know what to take e.g. photos, treasured items & mementos

  • Cash, Credit / Debit Cards

  • Toys & some books / games that don’t require electricity, to help entertain kids

  • Spare house & car keys

  • Pen & paper / notebook & printed local map to help travel to a safe location

  1. Important documents

Keep original / certified copies of these documents in your Emergency Survival Kit.
Scan copies of them & save the files on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit.
Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.

  • Insurance papers for your house & contents, car/s, boat & valuable items

  • Inventory of valuable household goods

  • Wills & life insurance documents

  • House deeds / mortgage documents

  • Birth & marriage certificates

  • Passports / visa details

  • Stocks & bonds

  • Medicare, pension cards, immunisation / health records

  • Bank account & credit card details

  • Driver’s licence

  • List of essential emergency contact phone numbers (have a printed copy too)

  • A back-up copy of important computer files


Print a copy of this Emergency Survival Kit list; laminate it or put it in a plastic clear binder.
Place this list in an accessible location known to the entire family.

Keep your Emergency Survival Kit items in waterproof storage containers in a location that is easy to get to and that the whole family knows about. This will make it quick and easy to find when you need it.

Also, don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. BE PREPARED.

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  1. Sharon 6 January 2020 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting this EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT – LIST. Will copy and share this link on Facebook and Instagram, as a practical resource to help in this bushfire crisis evacuation. For anyone affected, please be prepared, act early and stay safe.

    • Jean Seah 6 January 2020 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you for compiling this essential list, Sharon! God bless you.

  2. Sharon 6 January 2020 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jean – that is so kind of you and to Canberra Declaration (Warwick and Alison) for posting this list and adding the little icon images on the right side. Just some background to the list and it’s compilation. My aunt lost her home on New Year’s Eve 31.12.2019 at Lake Conjola NSW. A neighbour there also lost their home, who was later on the news, saying she wished they had been prepared. So I spent several hours researching over 20 websites in Australia and USA (including NSW RFS, QLD Govt, survival kits etc.) in order to compile a draft list. A Christian couple (friends in UK) perused the draft and suggested additional key items, including “shelter”, which I included. Thankfully this list has also been posted by the Victorian Fire Service on their Facebook page (4.1.2020) where people are “liking”,”sharing” and “tagging” people. My hope and prayer, is that many people can use this EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT – LIST, in order to be prepared and then act early for an evacuation.

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