How to Prepare a Disaster Survival Kit For Your Family

A disaster survival kit is a collection of items you and your family will need during the event of natural disaster. It is advisable to have a prepared kit in your home, in your car and also at your work. Try to include a pair for comfortable shoes to change into for efficiently moving when roads are inaccessible.

Try to prepare your kit in advance of an emergency. This is crucial, and you can be evacuated at any moment and will only be able to take the essentials with you. Prepare your kit to last for at least 72 hours.

Basic Emergency Supplies

Clean water, food, and clothes are essential to have in case of an emergency. Each member, the family, must have their own customized items to meet specific needs such as infant formula and medications. Be sure to also include family documents.

Here’s what we suggest

  • Water – one gallon per member per day
  • Food – a minimum supply of non-perishable food items for at least three days
  • Battery or solar powered radio with extra batteries and tone alert
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistles – to signal for help
  • Moist towels, plastic ties and garbage bags
  • Utilities
  • Plastic sheets and duct tape – to set in shelter
  • Car opener – if needed
  • Camping stove or BBQ
  • Cooking pot, plates, knives, forks, etc.
  • Lighter and matches
  • Essential medication
  • Waterproof torches and spare batteries
  • Candles
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Sleeping bags and blankets


Water is the most critical component to survival. Not only will you need it for drinking, but you will also use it for cooking and washing as well. It is recommended to have at least a three-day supply. However, the more, the better. Consider having three liters per member per day. Also include one liter for cooking and cleaning, one liter for washing dishes, and another liter for personal washing per person, per day.


While it may be nearly impossible to gather fresh food during the following days after a disaster, you will need to survive on what you have stored. Consider a minimum of a three-day supply of non-perishable food for all members of the family. The best survival foods require no cooking or refrigeration.

First Aid Kit

During an emergency, it is likely that you will have a hard time finding any ambulance, nurse or doctors as they will be overburdened. This means you must have your own first aid kit and know how to treat cuts and burns. While you can purchase a ready-made kit, it is also a very good idea to join a first aid course training seminar.

Clothing and Bedding

Depending on where you live, you must think about warmth and how to stay dry. The power will most likely be out, and you will not have power to provide heat or even calm you down. Consider your clothing and bedding supplies for your family. Keep clothing items available such as the following:

  • Coat or jacket
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Hat and gloves
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Sleeping bag and blankets per person.

Survival Kit for Your Pet

Don’t forget to make another supply kit especially for your pets. This kit should be labels and easy to carry. Here are some items you should consider to include:

  • Photocopies of medical records
  • Medicine supply your pet requires
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Guidebook
  • One week worth of canned or dry food – just be sure to rotate every two months to prevent spoil
  • Litter
  • Disposable litter trays
  • Disinfectant and dish soap
  • Garbage bags for clean up
  • Feeding dishes
  • Extra collar, harness, and leash
  • One week worth of bottled water – store in a cool, dry place. be sure to replace every two months
  • Travel crate
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Photos of your pet – in case you get separated
  • Extra toys

Stay Prepared

If you want to survive an emergency with the minimum casualty, it is all about preparation. Create your emergency kit for your home and job, and you will be in a better position than most people. Here are some extra items you and your family should consider adding to your survival kit.

  • Rain gear
  • Emergency reference materials
  • Cash
  • Mess kits, plates. Paper cups. Plastic utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Paper
  • Signal flare
  • Disinfectant
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Household chlorine bleach

These items are considered as necessities and will come in handy during a disastrous situation.

Have you prepared your own disaster survival kit for you and your family? Is there anything we missed to put on the list? Comment below and let us know!

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