Checklist of Useful Equipment and Supplies

These items can be purchased from a home improvement or hardware store, but anticipate local shortages after a major disaster. 


  • Clothesline or nylon rope
  • Cordless drill and charger
  • Emergency lighting
  • Extension cords (heavy duty)
  • Fans and/or dehumidifier(s)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Garden hose with adjustable spray attachment
  • Hygrometer
  • Plastic clips or clothespins
  • Pumps
  • Scrub brushes, mops, buckets
  • Tables, sawhorses
  • Walkie talkie
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner


  • Garbage bags
  • Plywood
  • Polyethylene sheeting
  • Rags, paper towels
  • Screws
  • Tape (duct)
  • Tarps

Other Important Supplies

Protective Gear (“PPE” Personal Protective Equipment”):

  • Boots (rubber, or leather safety-toed)
  • Gloves (disposable latex, nitrile, rubber, and leather)
  • Hard hat
  • NIOSH-approved respiratory mask
  • NIOSH compliant respirator (for lead)
  • Overalls (disposable)
  • Plastic aprons
  • Splash-proof goggles

First Aid and Rest Station

  • Drinking water (1 gallon/person/day)
  • Plastic cups, plates, utensils
  • First aid kit
  • Eyewash kit
  • Sanitary supplies:
    • Antimicrobial soap
    • Alcohol handwash
    • Disposable wipes

See List of Useful Salvage Supplies (Available Locally) and How to Use Them