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This a homework assignment that Ray with CERT Southwest 74 recently gave; this was my response. The assignment was to create a list for 8 people to go on an 7 day assist.  It was not a graded assignment but a point of discussion. Remember, if you are going to assist at a disaster site you could be going to an area where resources are for the victims, NOT YOU. So you would need to bring everything. Try making your own before you look mine.

Plan for 7day assist for 8 people.

By Mark Johanningmeier


Breakfast – 3 pancake mix boxes large, 1 large oatmeal, 3 lbs of bacon, 3 bx of eggs, 6 lbs of sausage meat/links, 4 gal fresh milk, 1 bx powdered milk, 3 loaves slice bread, 2 1lb jars jam/jelly, fresh fruit (4lbs bananas, 5lbs apples, 5lbs citrus), 1 box raisins, 1bag dried dates, 1 bag dried apricots, syrup, 8 breakfast MRE’s for last day

Lunch – 60 MRE’s for lunch in the field



1+2 – 4 whole chickens, 4lbs of lean ground meat, 1 lb of rice, 2 jars of gravy, 2 bags of prepared leaf salad, 6 packs of instant potatoes, 4 lg canned fruit, 8 cans of veggies, powdered drink, 2 bags cookies

 3+4 – 8 lean steaks, 8 lg baking spuds, 4 cans of veggies, 3cans of peaches/sugar/Bisquick mix, 2 lbs of hotdogs/sausage, 3 packs of buns, 1lb of fresh carrots +broccoli, 2 veggie dips, 4 cans of veggies, 3-2L bottles of soft drink, 1 lb of rice, 8 cans of white beans, powdered fruit drink

5+6 – 8 bx of mac and cheese, 4 lg cans of tuna, 2 cans of peas, 1 lb of rice, 5 lg cans of prepared chicken, fresh carrots, onions, celery, spice packet, powdered tea, 2 bags of cookies

 7 – dinner at Mickey D’s on the way home

Snacks – popcorn for open fires, granola bars, hard candy, s’mores- (gram cracker, marshmallows, chocolate bars),

Staples – salt/pepper packets and shakers, coffee grounds/filters, mustard, ketchup, sugar/sweetener packets, powdered coffee, tea bags, peanut butter, butter, jelly packs, ICE, 3 loaves of sliced bread or bread to slice, cooking oil, Pam, aluminum foil, flour, crackers, soup (cans, packets), baking soda

 Water: planned for warm/hot weather

Drinking – 8 gal in 1 gal bottles, 16 flats of water 35 bottles/flat

2 Igloo 10 gal containers – 1 for base camp – 1 with main vehicle, 3-5gal bottles, sports drinks

Non-drinking – 600 gal for washing and clean up. This would include sponge baths/camp showers and dish washing.

Sleep: 2 six man tents, 8 cots, blankets and pillows if not brought personally,

Fuel: 1 brick of D-cell batteries, 1 brick of AA-cell batteries, 4 gal of fuel for camp stoves, 1 gal for each Coleman lantern, 2 – 40 lb. bags of charcoal, 1 bottle of lighter fluid, @ fuel for 2 vans and one trailer – 1200 mile round trip = 300+ gals of gasoline, extra 20 gal in gas cans in the vans/trucks

 Camp Supplies: 2 tables for eating, 1 table for food prep, 3 – 100 gal ice chest, 8 chairs, 2 pop-up shelters or tarps, 2 camp stoves, 1 lantern, camp shovel, broom, rake, axe, 2 large wet-wipes, 1 large hand-sanitizer, cookware, coffee pot, camp plates and cups/plastic ware – disposable eating utensils, 8 rolls of toilet paper, outhouse supplies, rope for clothes line, dish washing pots, pliers, charcoal grill, matches/lighters, dish soap, towels – cloth and paper, water/bug/critter proof storage containers, assorted shampoos, travel soap, toothpaste, etc just in case, camp first-aid kit, sulfur dust, bug spray, sun screen, pot scrubbing pads, solar shower bags, duct tape, general personal medications, liquid bleach, eye droppers, solar charging docks for cell phones, pens, pencils, paper, fire extinguisher, liquid ammonia,

 This a great preparedness guide from the state of Michigan.

These are camping websites but may help you think about food for an emergency.


What About Water

Thinking “water” in hurricane season can be important.  Other than several gallons that you may get at the store during the panic attack where else are  you going to store water for a week?  Most people will go to the bathtub and that is great; I use silicon seal and a piece of plastic over the drain/plug to make sure it does not leak. This needs dry time so think ahead.

One place people forget about is their hot water heater.  That is 30 to 50 gallons of drinkable water, no pressure no problem.  On the side is a faucet that is garden hose ready.  You may want to try this out before you need to use it. Remember this water can be hot if your system is on. It could also be plugged with scale.

If you have other good ideas write me!