How to Build a Disaster Emergency Kit

If you want to be prepared for the next disaster, here is an ultimate guide for you!

Water, Food

  • Water

  • Life straw/water filter

  • Dehydrated food

  • Glucose tablets

  • Powdered electrolytes

  • Manual can opener

  • Household chlorine bleach

  • Medicine dropper

  • Firestarter kit, matches, lighter,

  • Utensils, pans, cups

  • Infant formula

  • Pet supplies


  • Plastic sheeting

  • Duct tape

  • Tent

  • Change of clothes

  • Sleeping bags


  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties

  • Soap

  • Feminine care


  • First Aid kit

  • Quick clot

  • Prescriptions

  • Gloves

  • Motrin/Tylenol/Benadryl

  • Tourniquet

  • Mask (preferably N95)

Protection Against the Elements

  • Rain gear

  • Thermal blanket

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug repellent

Tools and Gear

  • Multi-tool

  • Paracord

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Compass

  • Local maps

  • Paper and Pencil

  • Shovel

  • Hatchet

  • Ammo

  • Backpack

  • Cash

  • Extra batteries

  • Flashlight

  • Battery radio with NOAA weather alert and tone alert

  • Whistle

  • Cellphone with charger chords and extra battery

Take Note:

* The rule of 3s: we can live three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food.

* Being able to access healthcare resources may not be an option, so having a basic first aid kit and some other vital supplies is critical to surviving for 72 hours. It is estimated that it will take at least three days for emergency services to be up and running during some disaster scenarios.

So there you have it! If you want a free pdf checklist, don't hesitate to comment or email me. Stay safe!

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