County of Orange (California)
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

Orange County Sheriff's Department
Emergency Management Division

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Emergency Supplies List

Duty Bag 1—Basic Kit

  • Canteen with water (2 quarts)

  • Snacks: four Power Bars

  • Fanny pack with earphone, sun screen, chap stick, small pocket knife, pen, small pad

  • First-aid kit (Motrin, Imodium, Dramamine, Tylenol, Benadryl, insect repellent, earplugs)

  • Toilet paper, Kleenex, cups

  • Towel (small)

  • Pocket knife (multifunction)

  • Flashlights (Maglites, large and small)

  • Camera with film

  • Pens, pencils, markers, note pad, small calculator, miniature office set

  • Clipboard: OCRACES net preamble and check-in sheet, EOC message form, EOC activity log, clipboard night light, clipboard note pad, emergency placards

  • Repeater directory (local and national)

  • Maps (AAA area or Thomas Guides) and compass (in car)

  • Ski hat and gloves, leather gloves with liners, rain poncho, collapsible umbrella, ball cap

  • Space blanket

  • Waterproof matches, butane lighters

  • Parachute cord (two 50-foot lengths)

  • Power cord (9 foot, 110 Vac)

  • Roll of black electrical tape

  • Garbage bags (two 55 gallon, four large ziplock)

  • AM/FM radio and batteries

  • Binoculars

  • Four Cyalume light sticks (12-hour, green)

  • Strobe-marker light

  • Dust and wind goggles

Duty Bag 2—Radio Kit

  • Coax: 25 ft RG-58/U, 100 ft RG-8X, 10 ft RG-58/U, 6 ft RG-58/U

  • Coax: 25 ft RG-58/U, 100 ft RG-8X, 10 ft RG-58/U, 6 ft RG-58/U

  • Connectors and adapters: PL-259 TO BNC, N, SO-239, barrel connectors, etc.

  • HT accessories, speaker mic, earphone, earphone with tie-clip mic, dc power plug, dc nicad charger, AA battery pack, cigarette-lighter power adapter

  • Magnetic-mount antenna for HT

  • Extended gain antenna for HT

  • Electrical tape and duct tape

  • Small tools; larger tool case in car

  • Butane lighter

  • Spare D cell and AA batteries

  • Fire extinguisher

Not in bag, but bring if necessary:

  • Gel cells and Quantum or Innova battery packs

  • J-pole or quad antennas

  • Butane torch and butane, wire cutters, and spare connectors for repairs

Duty Bag 3—Support

  • Cooking stove (dual fuel), unleaded gas and camping fuel

  • Quart fuel bottle (camping fuel)

  • Cooking kit: small pot, dish, eating utensils, 2-qt plastic measuring cup

  • Water: 3 gallons (depending on duration of event); have at least one case of 1-gallon bottles ready to go, in the house

  • Lantern (dual fuel)

  • Extra matches, lighters, fire-starter stick

  • Plastic trash bags

  • Grooming kit: shaver, soap, etc.

  • Extra clothing, socks, warm clothing, parkas

  • 50-ft rope (5/16-inch diameter)

  • 50-ft 110-Vac extension cord

  • 110-Vac outlet strip

  • Food: three-day supply; MRE, freeze-dried, etc.

  • Hiking boots, work boots

  • Small folding shovel

Not in bag, but bring if necessary:

  • Two-man tent

  • Sleeping bag with foam pad

  • Ground cloth

  • Backpack

  • Portable reflector lamp (110 Vac)

  • Personal medication (seven-day supply)

  • Small folding chair

First-Aid Kit

  • Ace wrap

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Antacid (Mylanta)

  • Antiseptic wipes

  • Bandaids: 12 various sizes

  • Benadryl

  • Decongestant

  • Dressing tape

  • Dressings: eight 2-inch × 2-inch

  • Dressings: eight 4-inch × 4-inch

  • Eye dressings

  • Eye wash

  • First-aid book

  • Gauze rolls (Kerlix)

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Instant cold pack

  • Magnifying glass

  • Motrin or aspirin

  • Pen and paper

  • Pepto Bismol

  • Polysporin ointment

  • Pressure dressings

  • Q-tips

  • Scissors

  • Splinter-removal kit

  • Steri-Strips

  • Sun block

  • Thermometer

  • Triangular bandage

  • Tylenol

  • Vinyl gloves

Alternative Duty Bags

Bags 1a and 1b are designed to be combined, if desired. The backpack is optional.

Bag 1a—Mission Support, 4 to 5 hours

  • Small Fanny Pack (or small backpack, if combined with Bag 1b)

  • HT (may be carried outside fanny pack)

  • AA Battery Pack for HT

  • Extended-shelf-life water (16 oz)

  • Power bars (four)

  • Space blanket

  • OCRACES roster

  • Code book

  • Compass

  • Pen

  • Waterproof matches

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Small flashlight

  • Small knife

Bag 1b—Mission Support, 36 to 48 Hours

  • Small backpack (optional)

  • HT

  • HT case

  • Speaker mic

  • Quantum Battery (or similar)

  • HT instruction manual

  • Repeater directory

  • Extended-range antenna

  • Car-window mount for extended-range antenna

  • Cigarette-lighter adapter for HT

  • AM/FM radio (powered by same battery size as HT)

  • Large flashlight

  • Cyalume sticks (four)

  • Strobe light

  • Water (2 quarts)

  • Water-purifying tablets

  • Cup

  • Small Rope

  • Bag 1a (should fit inside)

  • Small clipboard

  • Miniature office set

  • Rain/wind gear

  • AAA maps of the local area

  • Small backpacker towel

  • Work gloves

  • Insect repellent

  • Electrical tape

  • Toothbrush and paste

  • Disposable camera and film

  • Binoculars

  • Plastic bags

  • Spare batteries (appropriate sizes for radios and flashlights)

  • First-aid kit (small)

  • MREs (four)—don’t substitute for this

  • Sleeping bag (if required)

This bag should be mostly packed at all times save for HT equipment and Bag 1a. Prepare a personal checklist to ensure those items not kept in the bag are added before going out. Water should be changed quarterly and bag repacked annually.

Bag 2—Mobile-Radio Communications

  • HT accessories not carried in Bag 1 (i.e., chargers)

  • Portable-packet supplies

  • Magnetic-mount antenna for HT

  • J-pole or quad antennas

  • Additional spare batteries

  • Gel cells

  • 25-ft power cords (2) (110 Vac)

  • Power strip (110 Vac)

  • Coax: 25 ft, 10 ft, 6 ft RG-58/U; 100 ft RG-8X

  • Connectors and adapters: PL-259 to BNC, N, SO-239, barrel connectors, etc.

  • Thomas Guide

  • OCRACES Information Manual

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Small tool kit

Bag 3—Extended Operations, Mission Support, Three to Seven Days

  • Large backpack

  • Items as required from Bag 1

  • MREs (two to three per day)

  • PowerBars

  • Water filter or purification tablets

  • Grooming kit

  • Personal medication

  • Extra clothing

  • Cold/wet-weather gear as required

  • Hiking boots

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Headlamp

  • Plastic trash bags

Not in bag, but optional if "car camping":

  • Cooking stove

  • Fuel

  • Extra water

  • Lantern

  • Small folding chair