TERT Member Supply List
Supplies should be tailored to expected environmental and scene conditions, specific member needs, and guidance from the TERT State Coordinator, TERT Team Leader and/or Incident Commander. The deployed TERT Team should assure their members are able to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours when deploying to major disaster scenes but the Team shall meet the requirements of the EMAC Mission Order.
All TERT members should understand that deployment requires commitment and flexibility. Basic comfort facilities may not be available and only those willing and physically able to work in adverse conditions should become team members. Those requiring special diets and/or refrigerated medication or medical conditions requiring ongoing monitoring should not be selected for response.
In a Backpack or Day Pack (to be carried with you at all times):
Canteen - 1 quart water / Canteen cover and/or
Nalgene (or similar) wide-mouth bottle. (Good for mixing powdered drinks) Canteen cup
Swiss Army Knife or Multi-tool
Leather work gloves
Eye protection / Ear protection
Flashlight / Induction flashlight preferred. Extra bulb for regular flashlight Reverse one battery to prevent accidental discharge.
Matches in waterproof case
Notepad / pencil / pen
ID / Drivers License / Cash / Debit or Credit Card
Roll of quarters for vending machines
Cell Phone & Charger
1 Meal Ready-to-Eat (MRE) & possibly trail mix and/or GORP Spare set of prescription glasses & sunglasses
Skin protection (sunscreen) Insect repellant
Hat / Handkerchief
Lip balm / Ibuprofen / decongestants / basic first aid supplies Prescription medications for term of deployment plus seven days Snacks & bottled water/soda
In a Duffel Bag, Camping Backpack or Luggage (Soft duffel bags are preferred over hard luggage):
Sleeping bag, pillow, bedding
Uniforms (2-5 changes of clothes) Long pants, long sleeved shirt, shorts, T-shirts (clothing appropriate to the season)
Coat or jacket and gloves (as appropriate)
Work or hiking boots that provide ankle support
Sneakers / tennis shoes
Trouser belt Underwear Socks
Mess kit / Camp cup / eating utensils
Spare batteries for flashlight
Utility items: rubber bands, safety pins, needle and thread, extra buttons, duct tape, electrical tape, clothes line, etc.
Note: re-roll a few feet of tape on a pencil or similar and break off ends for a compact supply
Towel & Washcloth
Swimwear (weather dependent) Shower shoes
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, razor, cosmetics, hand mirror, personal hygiene items, contact lens supplies, etc
Zip lock bags (assorted sizes) Garbage bags
Dirty laundry bag
Half roll of toilet paper--smash flat to conserve space
Hand & body towelettes / hand sanitizer
Radio / batteries
Reading materials / entertainment
Small battery powered alarm clock, pager, or watch to be used as an alarm clock
Radio Head Set
1. Keep the number of packs of your equipment to a minimum. You should be able to carry them all at once for a short distance.
2. Military duffel bags are ideal. Vacation type luggage is acceptable, but discouraged.
3. Label ALL your equipment with your name and address.
4. Absolutely NO Sterno, propane or compressed gas containers should be in your gear. Chemical heaters are acceptable.
5. It is possible there will be no electrical outlets available. Electrically powered items are discouraged.
6. Consider packing each of your day’s worth of clothes in a separate zip lock bag for easy retrieval of that day’s items.
7. Pack all equipment in your pack in separate zip lock bags in case your pack is exposed to the weather.