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Emergency Supplies to Keep on Hand

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

Emergency supplies to keep on hand for wildfires.
This photo is copyright of Jennifer Gutierrez. © 2019 - 2022 by Jennifer Gutierrez.

Living in the backcountry is more than just a geographical location. It demands a self-sufficient lifestyle. You need to know how to do things “the old-fashioned way” in case the grid goes down. Between frequent power outages, natural disasters such as wildfires, and health pandemics, the chance of living off-grid out here is not a matter of if but when. Preparing for emergencies is not an easy task. To help guide you in the right direction, I’ve put together a preparation guide of supplies to keep on hand. They can be used prior to evacuation and taken with you to be used wherever you are staying temporarily. The time to prepare is now.

See our complete guide to evacuations here.

Personal Care Items

Prescription medications

Pets’ supplies

Infants/elderly supplies

Personal hygiene items

Toiletries (toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, etc.)

Cash (small bills and change)

Food, Tools, and Supplies

An emergency supply of non-perishable foods - see the list here

Manual can openers

Matches and other supplies for use with emergency cooking equipment

Disposable food preparation and serving supplies (plates, utensils, cookware)


Plastic dishpans or washing buckets



Hand-crank radio

Solar lights or flashlights and extra batteries


Eye protection



Trash bags

Off-grid heat source

First-aid Kit

Latex gloves

Sterile bandages

Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes

Antibiotic ointment

Burn ointment


OTC medications: aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, laxative, anti-diarrheal, stomach-soother/antacid


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