Build A Survival Kit
How To Prepare a Survival Kit …?
Make sure the emergency kit is supplied with the items in the checklist below. Most items are cheap and easy to find and any of them could save your life. Direct to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you have taken a look at the basic articles, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or the elderly.
After an emergency, you may have to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies that last at least 72 hours. A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items that your home may need in an emergency.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble the kit, store the items in airtight plastic bags and place the entire emergency power kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as plastic containers or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency kit include the following items:
- Water: one liter of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and hygiene
- Food: supply of at least three days of non-perishable food
- Radio with battery or crank and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Help whistle
- Dust mask to help filter out contaminated air and plastic sheets and duct tape to repair yourself
- Wet wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to disable public services
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Mobile phone with charger and backup battery.
Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency power kit based on your individual needs:
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter medications, such as painkillers, drugs for diarrhea, antacids or laxatives.
- Glasses and contact lenses
- Formula for newborns, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or travelers checks
- Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification documents and electronically stored bank accounts or in a waterproof portable container.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing suitable for your weather-resistant shoes.
- Household bleach and dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- It matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine articles and articles for personal hygiene.
- Messy games, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils.
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
Maintaining Your Kit
- Store canned food in a cool, dry place.
- Store food in a box in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
- Replace expired items if necessary
- Think over your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
Kit Storage Locations
Since you don’t know where you’ll be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.
- Home: keep this kit in a designated location and have it ready in case you need to leave home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is stored.
- Work: prepare to take refuge at work for at least 24 hours. The work kit should include food, water and other necessities, such as medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and carry” case.
- Vehicle: if you’re stuck, keep an emergency power kit in your car.