What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Deluxe family first aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) Important Documents Binder
Cell phone with chargers We’ve added multiple solar chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
N95 or surgical masks
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Household liquid bleach
Blankets or sleeping bags
Make sure you have the emergency management information for your community. If you stay or evacuate, they can provide critical information. Gas availability, power updates, medical resources, and supply distribution locations when they become available.
I don’t normally do this but, if you need reliable accurate storm information from a weather standpoint, I have to recommend Crown Weather. They are a subscription service but include a lot of information that has been stripped from a lot of weather broadcasts. We have found them to be a better source than certain weather predictions.
Be prepared if you need to evacuate. Know where you’re going, evacuation routes, and take supplies with you. Make sure your plan includes any medical supplies or issues, and don’t forget your pets. Planning with them in mind means you won’t be faced with the agonizing desicion of leaving them behind.