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Survival kit SOS - Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Cyclones - what to put in.

Updated on March 25, 2014
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Whatever you want to call them hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons can be a frightening phenomenon. Their powerful, destructive winds and torrential rains cause massive amounts of damage and destruction often outing power and connections to the outside world for days. Here is a list of necessaties that will get you and your family through until outside assistance has arrived.

Don't leave it to the last minute, prepare your personal hurricane, cyclone and typhoon survival kit now.

The following will feed a family of 4 for five days.

This list is a suggestion only and you may vary it according to your family’s preference, size and budget.

Remember all non-tinned food should be stored in air-tight and waterproof containers.

Please note most authorities do not allow cooking equipment to be taken into public shelters.

Five-day hurricane, cyclone and typhoon food box.

  • 1x jar peanut butter/jam/honey or other spreads.
  • 2x boxes of breakfast cereal
  • 2kg milk powder or 16 x 1 litre long-life milk
  • 1x tin of hot chocolate or Milo if you are in Australia.
  • 1x large jar of instant coffee or 1 box of teabags
  • 4x packets of crackers2x packets of sweet biscuits.
  • 10x tins of fruit
  • 3x packet of dried fruit/nuts
  • 4x 250ml boxed fruit juices
  • 10x tins of meat
  • 10x tins of mixed vegetables
  • 2x large packets of dried potato powder
  • 10x cans of baked beans or a mixed beans
  • 2x packet of rice
  • 20x packets of instant pasta/noodles
  • 4x cans of fish
  • 8x boxes/cans of instant soup




Essential non-food items for your hurricane, cyclone and typhoon survival kit

  • 2xChange of clothes for each member of the household and covered shoes
  • 3x Change of underwear for each member of the household
  • Rain wear for each member.
  • A torch, preferably waterproof with plenty of batteries, candles and waterproof matches for lighting Insect spray and numbing gel for insect bites
  • Sunscreen
  • A portable radio and plenty of batteries to listen to warnings, weather updates, community announcements etc
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables etc)
  • 10 litres + of water per person
  • Purification tablets.
  • Moisture wipes, waterless soap saves water for drinking
  • A First Aid kit, First Aid manual
  • Multi purpose pocket knife
  • Masking tape or duct tape
  • Portable stove with gas canisters and cooking utensils
  • Keys to house, cars, boats and other vehicles
  • Fuel for your car and other vehicles
  • Special needs for infants, the elderly and disabled
  • Medications, toiletries and sanitary supplies
  • Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports, licences, etc)
  • Insurance policy numbers and Insurance company phone numbers.
  • Important phones numbers of relatives, emergency services, neighbours etc
  • Books, playing cards or games
  • Cash and phone cards for phone calls
  • Copy of your household plans
  • Pet supplies including water


As our Mothers always told us "preparation is key". When talking about hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones this advice is definitely true. Don't wait until it is too late, get organised, be ready and keep yourself and your family safe.

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    • Frangipanni profile image
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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Wow, we live in the tropics where we are waiting for the rain. It's a bit oppressive at the moment. Have a nice day.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Where I live it's not too bad. The snow is melting today.... but it will snow again in the coming days. It's a good think because we have "Winterlude" during the weekends....and the canal stays nice for people to skate. It's Canada :-)

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks again kidscrafts . How is Canada today?

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Excellent ideas! It's better to be prepared and have essentials at home at any time! You never know!