Personal Protection:

  • Gloves- Leather – Rubber/nitrile – gauntlet length.
  • Respiratory protection  N95 mask - Dust mask
  • Boots (preferable–steel toed) & Rubber
  • Flashlights - Handheld –  Head mount
  • Batteries - Remember to store extra batteries and consider extra bulbs for the lights.
  • Helmet/Hard hat
  • Eye protection
  • Knee pads
  • Coveralls
  • Shovel - D handle round point, D handle square
  • Crowbar/wrecking tool 36 to 48 inch
  • Axe 36 inch handle
  • Maul/sledge - 20 pound large - 8 pound may be useful for smaller folk

Tool Kit

  • Screwdriver set
  • Pliers, Channel locks,  box end wrenches,  nut drivers
  •  Linesman pliers can handle electrical repairs
  • Cutting pliers can remove fence, wire and reinforcing
  •  Hammer –framing hammer or rigger’s hammer & rubber mallet
  • Rigger’s hammer has a hatchet head.
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Socket set
  • Bolt cutters - Cuts through reinforcing rod and or cuts fence to size for your yard.
  • Screws have better holding power than nails
  •  Hand saws & hack saw
  • Consider Reciprocating saw
  • Chainsaw- Extra chain, Extra 2 cycle oil for mixing with gas, Extra chain lube, Extra spark plug, Tools for changing chain and adjusting chain tension, Separate gas can for mixing 2 cycle oil and gasoline, Chain saws are now required to have safeguards to reduce kickback. 

Cleanup tools

  •  Mops & mop buckets
  • Broom
  • Snow shovel
  • This can be used to clean up glass or piles of rubble. It can be used as a dust-pan for smaller rubble… and, of course in the bigger snowstorm, it is invaluable for the designed purpose.
  • Contractor grade garbage bags - 55 gallon drum liner or 40 gallon trash bags
  •  Kitchen garbage bags
  • Ziplock freezer bags quart and gallon size
  • Disposable rags/towels for cleanup
  • Dawn detergent
  • Bleach unscented
  • Vinegar – white
  • Disinfecting wipes

Repair/cover Items

  • Rope for towing, pulling, or rescue
  • 550 nylon This is the basic “parachute” cord. It has 7 internal strands an is rated for 550 pounds, hence the name.
  • Plastic sheeting
  • 12” Zip ties – at least 100
  • Duct tape
  • Tarps - 20x40, 8x10
  • Consider come-along or winch
  • Box of 3 inch screws or similar size nails
  • Commercial stapler and abundant long staples.


  • Chain and Bike locks
  • Chain up and lock your generators, grills, gas cans, and extra propane..


  • Generator
  • Be sure to consider the gasoline, containers, and possibly gasoline stabilizer needed for the generator.


  • Weather radio with hand-cranked power supply ~$30
  • Should also be able to receive FM/AM transmissions
  • Small, battery powered AM/FM radio. Hand-cranked power supply would be great. Solar would also be great. If you can get one with both weather and
  • AM/FM and alternative power supply you have spent your money well.
  • FRS/GMRS radios
  • Set of 2 to 4 – arrange coverage with neighbors
  • Extra batteries
  • Handheld CB radio