The purpose of any survival kit is to centralize items that will
allow you to live in a self-sufficient way for an extended period
of time. Disaster can come into our lives in many forms and can
be individual, local or global. Know that most catastrophes or
disasters can be survived with a minimum of preparation. How comfortable
you are during and after a catastrophe will depend on how well
prepared you were and on how severely your immediate area was
affected. So take advance action: Start putting together a collection
of items that will allow you and your family to be in the best
possible shape. With all simple items available, don’t let
money (or lack thereof) come between you and your family’s
take the grocery store for granted. In the event of a panic, just
think how very few frightened shoppers that it would take for
your neighborhood grocery to run out of a product like rice. A
few determined families could take most of it! The stores could
be stripped bare in minutes. Do not wait.
to "rotate" a decent supply of food and still always
have plenty on hand in case of an emergency. But many of these
items have a very long shelf life, and can be used strictly as
emergency storage. This list is designed for some variety. No
one can tell you how much to buy, but try to work your way toward
a three-month supply.
course, you probably won't go out and buy all of this. Realistically,
if you had to, you could purchase only bulk size bags of rice,
dried beans, flour, shortening, possibly corn, along with some
source of Vitamin C. You could last a very long time for very
little money. For very basic survival, we would recommend that
you have your water purifier, cooking supplies, and a way to stay
a disaster, your family could be without daily items that we take
for granted. Think about life without running water, electricity,
food from grocery stores and restaurants, gas for heat, cooking
and hot water, then plan accordingly.
are a handful of other gadgets that every family should have on
hand. You will need N95 masks for any trips outside. You will
need cash hidden in the house. If the electricity is down, the
ATM's will be down, and ATM's are manually filled with money by
workers. As contagion spreads, banks will be closed along with
other businesses. Also, banks will be harbors for infection due
to the degree of money handling. Please do all of this very carefully!
to do BEFORE disaster strikes:
emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance,
children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical
Services number for emergency help.
each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and
electricity at the main switches.
video of your house and all its belongings.
the main electric fuse box, water service main and natural gas
main. Learn how and when to turn these utilities off. Teach all
responsible family members. Keep necessary tools near gas and
water shut-off valves.
turn off the utilities only if you suspect the lines are damaged
or if you are instructed to do so. If you turn the gas off, you
will need a professional to turn it back on.
a waterproof container to store your supplies in, such as a GoreTex
backpack or a rubber bin. You don't want your kit to get ruined
in a natural disaster before you have a chance to use the items
inside it. A container that is waterproof and fireproof is even
better, but a fireproof safe can be heavy, making it hard to carry
when you're rushing out of the house.
your disaster supplies. The federal government recommends that
you have at least three days' worth of food and water on hand
per family member. This equates to about a gallon of water (or
three standard bottles) per person. All of the food should be
nonperishable, such as unsalted crackers, soup or canned tuna.
Cater the amount of food to how much each member of your family
will eat, and include baby food if you have any infants. Also
add a high powered flashlight with extra batteries, an emergency
radio (preferably solar or crank powered), a first aid kit, required
prescription medicines and hygiene items, space blankets (made
of a metallic material meant to withstand extreme cold), matches
and identification. Don't forget supplies for any pets.
enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three
days. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit with items you may need
in an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry
containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or covered trash containers.
all of your supplies in your waterproof container. If you have
a lot of supplies, don't try to fit them into one pack or bin.
Instead, separate them into multiple containers so that they will
be easy to carry if you need to make a quick exit. Place each
container in an area that is cool and as dark as possible. In
the home, this would be the basement or bottom of a closet. In
your car, of course, store the items in the trunk. In your office,
either a desk drawer or storage closet is a good bet.
of Main Water Valve: _________________________________________________
Location of Gas Valve*: ______________________________________________________
Location of Wrench: _________________________________________________________
Location of Garage Door Manual Override: _______________________________________
Location of Other Utilities: ____________________________________________________
*Do not shut off gas unless you suspect a leak exists.
Use “911” only for Emergencies
FIRE DEPARTMENT: ___________________________________________
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY: ___________________________________
to do AFTER a disaster strikes
Don’t panic - this is easier said than done. With a few
must-haves you’ll be able to survive at least 72 hours.
By then communications should be back up and help will be on its
Use common sense - if it ain’t yours, don’t touch
it. If the power line that fell is not yours, don’t touch
it, and if the stray dog isn’t yours, don’t touch
it. This will help you remain safe.
Don’t wander - wherever you are from, you know the dangers
there. This is not the time to learn something new. See rule one.
Seek help - talk to neighbors, friends, and other family members.
Don’t go it alone. There is safety and strength in numbers.
Put on heavy shoes immediately to avoid injury from stepping on
Locate a light source, such as a flashlight, if necessary.
Check for injuries and administer first aid.
Check for fires and fire hazards.
Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the hot water heater. If you
smell gas, hear a hissing sound or suspect a leak, turn off the
main gas valve, open the windows and carefully leave the house.
DO NOT TURN LIGHTS ON OR OFF. DO NOT STRIKE MATCHES. Do not shut
off the gas unless you suspect a leak exists. Only the gas company
can restore service.
If necessary, turn off the electrical system at the main circuit
breaker or fuse box.
Check on your neighbors.
Listen for advisories using a battery powered radio.
Do not touch downed power lines or objects touching downed wires.
Do not stand in water near downed lines.
Remove fallen debris that may cause personal injury.
Assess house, roof, and chimney for damages.
Do not use the phone except in emergencies. Only call 911 for
life threatening emergencies. Have a plug-in analog phone in case
the power is out, but phone lines are still working.
Be prepared for aftershocks.
Open closets and cupboards carefully because items may have fallen
or become rearranged.
Cooperate with public safety officials.
Be prepared to evacuate when/if necessary.
DO NOT GO SIGHTSEEING!
Food: Light weight, high nutritional value
☐ Water: one gallon per day per person
☐ First Aid kit with book: know CRP, etc.
☐ Tarp: for shelter, shade and water collection
Cooking and Food Care
Portable Camp Stove (Best choice) Bar-B-Q or fold-up metal type
☐ Safe fuel container for extra fuel and matches
☐ Heavy duty aluminum foil
☐ Full mess kit for each person: knife, fork, spoon, plate(s)
☐ At least 2 cooking pots with covers
☐ 1 light weight hot water kettle (whistling type)
☐ Set of cooking utensils: 2 large spoons, spatula, tongs,
knives, long-necked forks
☐ Paper towels, cooking mitt, napkins, hot pad
☐ Fry pan, 2 if possible
☐ 2 week supply of paper plates
☐ Water filter: portable type plus at least bottles of water
☐ Safe cooking oil (rotate for freshness)
☐ High-energy snacks (protein bars, raisins, peanut butter,
☐ Pre-cooked canned meat and veggies
☐ Canned (or boxed) juices (preferably natural)
☐ Energy bars
☐ Powdered milk (for babies)
☐ Condiments (hey, who wants to eat dull, bland emergency food)
☐ Can opener (for all the Chef Boyardee you’ve stocked-up)
☐ Food for pets
☐ Baking mixes, powder
☐ Baking soda
☐ Bay leaves (delicious in beans, and insects avoid foods like
flour with a bay leaf stored inside the bag)
☐ Bottled drinks and juices (not refrigerated type)
☐ Brown Sugar
☐ Bullion, concentrated broth
☐ Butter flavoring, like Molly McButter. Freeze for storage
if you can.
☐ Canned beans
☐ Canned broth
☐ Canned chicken breast
☐ Canned chili
☐ Canned diced tomatoes, other tomato products, and sauces
☐ Canned French fried onions for green bean casserole
☐ Canned fruit
☐ Canned milk, evaporated milk
☐ Canned pie filling (don't overlook, great item)
☐ Canned pumpkin
☐ Canned Salmon
☐ Canned soups
☐ Canned stew
☐ Canned sweet potatoes
☐ Canned Tuna
☐ Canned veggies
☐ Cans of lemonade mix, other canned dry drink mixes
☐ Cheese dips in jars
☐ Cheese soups, like cheddar, broccoli cheese, and jack cheese
☐ Chocolate bars
☐ Chocolate chips
☐ Chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup squeeze bottles (about
that dry milk, again)
☐ Coffee filters (also for straining silt out of water)
☐ Corn Masa de Harina or corn tortilla mix
☐ Corn meal
☐ Corn starch for thickening
☐ Cream of Wheat
☐ Cream soups (good for flavoring rice & pasta, too)
☐ Dried eggs
☐ Dried fruit
☐ Dried onion (big containers at warehouse stores)
☐ Dried soups
☐ Dry cocoa
☐ Dry coffee creamer (big sealed cans, many uses including
making dry milk taste better)
☐ Dry milk powder
☐ Dry Mustard
☐ Flour, self-rising flour Flour tortilla mix for flour tortillas,
wraps, and flatbread
☐ Garlic powder
☐ Granola bars (not great shelf life)
☐ Hard candy
☐ Honey (also reputed to reduce viral load in throat and esophagus)
☐ Hot chocolate mix
☐ Instant coffee if you drink it, or coffee and a manual drip
cone or similar
☐ Instant mashed potatoes
☐ Jarred or canned spaghetti sauce
☐ Jarred peppers
☐ Jellies and Jams
☐ Kool Aid
☐ Dry pasta, thinner type saves fuel
☐ Marshmallow cream
☐ Mayo packets from warehouse store, if you must, not really
a good value.
☐ Mexican food ingredients
☐ Nestle Table Cream (substitute for sour cream, cream, or
half-and-half) in lots of ethnic stores
☐ Nuts (freeze if you have room)
☐ Oil (Shelf life not great, freeze if you have room)
☐ Olive oil
☐ Olives, green and black
☐ Onion powder
☐ Packaged bread crumbs
☐ Pancake mix, one step, and other mixes that already have
the eggs in them
☐ Peanut butter, nut butters
☐ Pet food
☐ Pickles, relish (not refrigerator case type)
☐ Powdered sugar
☐ Power bars
☐ Ravioli or any canned pasta you can stand
☐ Real butter or favorite margarine-keep frozen
☐ Ice (cheap and filling)
☐ Salsa and hot sauces
☐ Spam or Treet
☐ Spices and herbs your family likes
☐ Stovetop Dressing mix
☐ Summer sausage (cheaper around holidays)
☐ Sweetened condensed milk
☐ Trail mix
☐ Ultra pasteurized milk (expensive)
☐ Vanilla (improves dry milk, too)
☐ Velveeta (freeze for storage if possible)
☐ Vienna sausage
☐ Baby food
☐ Pet food
☐ Hand beater, non-electric, like in the old days (many uses
including mixing dry milk)
☐ Ziploc bags
☐ Aluminum foil
and Other Useful Items
Bible and other reading materials
☐ Axe, shovel, hand saw
☐ Broom, dust pan
☐ Hammer, nails, pry bar, screw drivers
☐ 2 adjustable wrenches
☐ Channel locks or vice grips
☐ 100' 1/4" rope (or 1/2")
☐ Duct tape
☐ Pen, paper, pencil
☐ Camp lantern & fuel
☐ Cards, harmonica, travel games, etc.
☐ Tarp (for shade and shelter and collecting water)
☐ Manual can opener
☐ Radio: portable with batteries and/or solar
☐ Flashlight: one each with extra batteries & bulbs
☐ Essential medication
☐ Fire extinguisher
☐ Watch or clock
☐ Space blankets, sleeping bag, ground cloth
☐ Water purifier & water purification tablets
☐ Salt tablets & vitamins (rotate every 3 months)
☐ Crank- or shake-type flashlight
☐ Crank-type radio with cell-phone charger
☐ First aid kit
☐ Backpack packed before disaster strikes
☐ Knife, Gun, Mace, baseball bat, golf club, self-defense
Bottled water, canteen
☐ First Aid kit with book
☐ Non-perishable food
☐ Space blanket, sleeping bag
☐ Rain suit/ poncho
☐ Sturdy shoes/ extra socks
☐ Sunglasses and goggles
☐ A change of clothes
☐ Pre-moistened towelettes
☐ Gloves, hat, coat, sweater
☐ Flash light, extra battery
☐ Simple tool set, rubber hose, hammer, pry bar
☐ Fire extinguisher
☐ Road flares, maps
☐ Paper, pencil
☐ Extra batteries
☐ Hearty snacks (such as granola bars)
☐ Additional jackets and spare items of clothing
☐ Tire-patch kit
☐ Signal flares, lighter
☐ Metal lockbox or metal/plastic container to store items
☐ Sturdy shoes
☐ Heavy work gloves
☐ Warm sport gloves
☐ Goggles & sunglasses
☐ 1 full change of clothes
☐ Tent and/or shelter cover
☐ Candles, waterproof matches, fire starter
☐ Heavy-duty knife
☐ Rain suit and/or poncho
☐ Rubber boots
☐ Extra glasses
☐ Clothes line rope and other rope (multiple uses)
☐ Surgical type gloves
☐ Work gloves
☐ A small saw, tools or toolkit
☐ Purell or generic alcohol gel hand cleaner
☐ Nail brush
☐ Bug repellent, skin type
☐ Insect killers, flying type also
☐ Shaving supplies
☐ Nail clippers
☐ Toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss
☐ Tampons or other sanitary needs
☐ Metal garbage can to burn trash
☐ Paper and pen
☐ A Sharpie type waterproof marker
☐ Oil lamps and pure lamp oil
☐ Coleman lanterns with fuel & mantels
☐ Portable chemical toilet
☐ Toilet paper
☐ Infant supplies if needed
☐ Large trash bags for sealing up waste
☐ Soap: Hand & dish type
☐ Disinfectant: powder form to use on waste & liquid
☐ Pre-moistened towelettes
☐ 2 plastic 5-gallon buckets
☐ A large towel & hand towel for each person
☐ Tooth brush & mouthwash
☐ Shampoo & toothpaste
☐ Medium size zip-lock bags for misc. uses
☐ Scrub brushes and pads for washing dishes
☐ 1 or 2 wash tubs
☐ Medicine dropper
☐ Whistle (for alerting distant rescuers of your whereabouts)
☐ Garbage bags (for sanitary purposes)
☐ Matches (preferably waterproof)
☐ Water purification tablets
☐ Canned and non-perishable food items
☐ Bottled water
☐ Petroleum jelly (lubricants)
☐ Toilet paper
☐ Plastic garbage bags
☐ Household cleaning items
☐ Games, books and other items to pass time
☐ Rain gear
☐ Thermal underwear
☐ Hats and gloves
☐ Utility knives
☐ Camping stove
☐ Sewing kits
☐ Five-gallon solar camping shower
☐ Camouflage water shoes
☐ Water filter.
☐ Gas grill.
☐ Metal coffeepot.
☐ Battery-operated lights and batteries
☐ Weather radio.
“Leave Now” Bag
☐ Bible and other books
☐ Change of clothes (seasonal)
☐ Sturdy shoes
☐ Extra set of car and house keys
☐ Lighter (adults only)
☐ Pocket knife (adults only)
☐ Permanent marker
☐ Flash drive with important financial documents
☐ ID tag on backpack
☐ Stuffed animal, deck of cards, games
☐ AM/FM/NOAA radio
☐ Toothbrush, toothpaste
☐ Extra pair of contacts/glasses
☐ Important Documents
☐ Photo copies of Social Security cards, Driver's Licenses
☐ Photo Copies of Family members prescriptions
☐ CD with all my computer files on it (including family photos)
☐ Sewing Kit
☐ Disposable Camera
☐ Emergency Cash
☐ One Week Supply of Personal Medications
☐ Gasoline in cars, always.
☐ Clorox, plain kind
☐ Dishwashing detergent
☐ Small scrubbie
☐ Paper Towels, Toilet paper, Tissues
☐ Long-snout type lighters
☐ Camp stove & fuel
A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and
food that won't spoil.
☐ Water (Two gallons per person per day is ideal which will
cover only drinking, not flushing or washing)
☐ One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one
blanket or sleeping bag per person
☐ A first aid kit that includes your family's prescription
☐ Battery-powered radios/flashlights
☐ An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler's
☐ Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
☐ An extra pair of glasses
☐ Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
Keep an Auto Emergency kit in the trunk of your car
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