This guide walks you through the basic items so you can build a kit yourself--mostly with items you’ll find around your home. At the end there are further resources to dive into your planning efforts.
One gallon, per person, per day for three days
Keep in air-tight, plastic containers that are easy to access
Three-day supply of non-perishable foods
Camping Cooks has a great emergency food guide for Eating and Cooking When the Power Goes Out
Don’t forget food for your pets
In an emergency, you or a family member may be injured. An adequate First Aid kit can keep a minor injury from turning major. You may want to take a basic first aid class though the Red Cross or online through the National Safety Council.
Basic First Aid Items in Your Kit:
Adequate sanitation is a significant environmental concern after a disaster. When sewer pipes are damaged or the sanitation system goes off-line, entire communities, including people and habitats are at risk. Be prepared to take care of your waste for the same period of time as you’ve prepared food and water. A basic sanitation kit should include:
Tools & Supplies
What you need can vary greatly based on where you live, the type of disaster you expect and your family unit. Talk with your family about items they wouldn’t want to be without in an emergency. Here are some basic items that most people will need in a disaster:
In preparation, scan valuable documents and store them securely online so they can’t be ruined by a disaster. It may be helpful to have copies of key items (like insurance cards, social security number, passwords and insurance policies) in your kit as well. Take short videos to catalogue valuables in your home, such as vehicles, computers, furniture and artwork, for insurance purposes. Key documents include:
Sources: Ready America, California Department of Public Health, American Red Cross, Make a Plan
12/11/2020 06:40:34 am
I have a survival kit based on militaey field gear. I have an equiptment belt, susspenders, military canteen, small personal first aid kit, and a compass pac. I modified an ammunition pac to hold a can of tuma, can of fruit, small can opener, and other food itens. I have a military mediun size back pac, that holds a waterproof enevolupe with copies of allm important papers, enough canned food for 6 meals,sanitation supplirs, a hand size camp stove, survival tools, and othed needed items.
2/18/2021 07:41:49 am
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11/7/2021 08:46:06 am
These are excellent plan ideas. Some of my relatives say I am crazy & want to come to my apartment & toss out my canned goods. None of them are out of date. And I have canned meat. I want to learn more about the homemade outdoor stove/oven. Could I bake bread in one of those? I am very interested, esp. in power outages.
4/5/2022 10:27:56 pm
This article helps a lot in having the right emergency supply kit for when anything bad might happen. You talked about having food and that is very important especially since you need the energy and nutrients during that entire scenario. Would you consider MREs for these supply kits? They usually focus on the necessary nutrition and energy for humans so it looks perfect on supply kits.
6/9/2022 02:41:16 pm
7/26/2022 04:23:12 am
Thank you for sharing this. With everything that is happening right now, the calamities and the like, it's important to be prepared for anything. It's good to know what to have in an emergency supply kit. Food would be really important. What are your thoughts on Single MRE Meals?
9/15/2022 06:05:28 am
You made a good point when you discussed that proper sanitation is a notable environmental problem after a disaster. That's probably why my friend wants to prepare custom disaster survival prep kits. I should advise him to look for a supplier that specializes in custom disaster survival kits that can fit his needs.
4/24/2023 09:59:53 am
I never considered using bleach. That seems like a good disinfectant for emergencies. I'll have to make sure I pack it in my emergency preparedness kit.
5/8/2023 02:28:33 pm
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