CERT Disaster Supply Timeline

This is a suggested timeline to encourage you to take the proactive preparedness steps that will help ensure you have a safer home or workplace and at least three to seven days worth of disaster supplies in your emergency go-kit.

  • January: General Inventory/Warmth and Lighting
    Take inventory of your disaster supplies. Make a list of important phone numbers - useful numbers and your loved ones. Gather supplies to provide warmth and light, like clothes, blankets, light sticks and flashlights.
  • February: First Aid and Medications
    Assemble a first aid kit appropriate for your household Make copies of your prescriptions, and get an extra week’s supply. Get First Aid and CPR training.
  • March: Hygiene and Comfort
    Assemble a hygiene kit with toiletries and sanitary items Put some items for entertainment in your kit - playing cards are good. Revisit your emergency contacts list and evacuation plan - update them as needed.
  • April: Rotate/Change Out Supplies
    Check/change the batteries in your smoke detectors, flashlights and alarms. Check your fire extinguisher. Rotate out six-month-old food and water - use it and replace it.
  • May: Clean Out The Clutter
    Clean out hazardous materials in garage and around house. Restock your tool box (hammer, wrench, tape, etc.) discard old or useless items. Make sure gas, water and electricity shutoffs are accessible and clearly labeled.
  • June: Summer Camping And Emergency Reserves
    Store appropriate camping supplies to be available in emergencies. Use canned and dried food for camping if it will expire soon. Store extra reserves of food and supplies.
  • July: Your Friends and Neighbors
    Create a neighborhood map and mark resources such as payphones and clinics. Meet your neighbors and make and share a list of their contact information. Set up or join a neighborhood safety/watch group; plan a neighborhood event.
  • August: Back-to-School and Reducing Hazards
    Learn your children’s schools’ disaster plans. Check your home and work for hazards and child/elder safety. Make a list of priorities for reducing hazards - give yourself due dates. Store old shoes under your bed - upside down - in case of earthquake.
  • September: Shelter In Place
    Practice basic Shelter-in-Place skills: Shelter, Shut and Listen. Gather S-I-P supplies such as water, duct tape, and old sheets and towels. Learn your emergency radio station and pre-set your radio to it. Choose a room in your home and office for sheltering.
  • October: Pet Safety/Rotate Supplies
    Obtain an identification color-tag or microchip for your pet. Include pet-specific disaster supplies in your kit, such as food, water and medication. Rotate out six-month-old water - drink it and replace it. Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers as in April.
  • November: Insurance and Possessions
    Videotape or photograph your home and possessions for insurance. Identify the things in your home that you most want to protect - make sure they’re safe. Photocopy important documents and store them away from your home.
  • December: Give Something Back
    Trade out canned goods and give to your favorite charity. Help your loved ones to prepare their own disaster go-kits.
    Check in on elderly or disabled neighbors