What should you add to your CERT backpack so you’ll be ready to respond in a disaster? Many CERTs keep their supplies in the trunk of their car:

1. Emergency vest and hard hat

2. Flashlight and extra batteries

3. Work gloves, safety goggles, dust mask

4. Rain poncho

5. First aid kit, including small roll of duct tape, hand sanitizer, and trauma shears

6. Space blanket (mylar)

7. Whistle (attach to outside of pack)

8. Family radio (walkie-talkie) & batteries

9. Writing set: paper, pens, grease pencil (to mark doors)

10. Gas/water shut-off tool

11. 2 water bottles and nutritional snack bars

12. Old pair of tennis shoes, socks and warm sweater or sweatshirt –keep in trunk of car

13. Extra pair of prescription glasses

14. Sun screen

15. Money in small denominations