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Emergency Disaster Kits - Disaster Preparedness

Updated on September 11, 2014
Aftermath of a natural disaster
Aftermath of a natural disaster | Source

Emergency Prepardeness Disaster Survival Kits

Your Preparedness for a Disaster should include an Emergency Disaster Kit. On this page you will find the best emergency 72 hour survival kits and most importantly helpful and life saving Survival tips

Recent natural disasters round the world have highlighted the need to have our own emergency response procedures in place for our own families. Disaster survival and emergency response plans should be top priority, along with your survival gear list.

How would you survive if a flood emergency, earthquake disaster, destructive hurricane or tornado were to hit your area? Don't put yourself in the position of having to depend on some outside source to come to your immediate aid. That isn't always possible.

The time to prepare is now! Every family should have a basic emergency preparedness plan for evacuation, and what they need to get by on their own for at least three days.

Emergency Kit 72 hours - The bare essentials for pure survival for three days

This is a 4 Person Survival Kit with Essentials to Survive Disasters essentials for coping in Earthquake, Hurricane, Fire, Flood, All Natural and Man-Made Disasters with this Grab and Go 72 Kit for 4 you will be safe in the knowledge that you and your family have this Emergency Disaster Preparedness Family Kit and it includes Safety items, First aid and lots more

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Wildfires a Fast Moving Disaster


Wildfires and other Fast Occuring Dangers - Make a Ready Go Bag a Necessity

While one usually has some time to prepare for and evacuate from the danger of hurricanes, other natural disasters can strike so quickly that you have time only to flee.

Wildfires, for example, can race towards homes at breakneack speed with a drastic change in wind condition and direction. While you may know that there is a wildfire nearby, you may suddenly be faced with the necessity of getting up and out of the house within minutes if a monster fire suddenly heads in your direction.

There is no time at all to rush around packing a go bag under those conditions.

However, you can monitor your local drought conditions using free drought monitors found on the internet. The higher your drought index, the greater the danger there is that wildfires can start.

Grab-n'-Go Emergency Kit - 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack

This is what I think of as a basic or starter kit. It will aid in your basic survival, and it probably a good place to start if you don't already have a survival kit.

Be sure you add in important papers - passports, drivers license, birth certificates, proof of insurance coverage - and perscriptions and essential medications.

It's called "grab and go" for a reason. You may not have time to retrieve all these things at the last minute - just time to grab a pre-packed bag, and GO.

Ready America makes one that comes with everything right down to sleeping bags and a pack of cards, all in an easy to grab holdall, enough to keep you and your family safe until you can find out what is happening in the area.

Be prepared for ANY emergency

Hoping a Disaster Doesn't Strike Just Isn't Enough

It is the most awful thing to watch all the news coverage from countries affected by natural disasters, and the look of shock covering their faces, many just stumbling around, this is one of those items you really do hope that you never need to use it. But do you really want to take that chance, Whether it be a natural disaster, like an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, or flood, or a human inflicted one, ensure you and your family are equipped

The best way to ensure you are prepared is by purchasing on of the many fantastic emergency survival kits available. All include the basic essentials to ensure you and your family can survive the crucial first 72 hours until your government provides you with their plan.

There are lots of pre-packed emergency kits to choose from, including Grab and Go bags, such as the one shown above.

There is a wide variety of emergency kits, as well as disaster planning advice, and other resources, available at American Family Safety's website. They even have emergency go bags for cats and dogs.

Three Keys
Three Keys | Source

Keys to Survival

Three important keys to survivig a disaster, rather than it surviving you are

  1. Education
  2. Awareness
  3. Preparation


Know what disasters - natural and manmade - are most likely to hit your area, and learn all yuo van about othem

For example, if you are in an area subject to flash flooding, learn what causes them, and how they behave. Know how exactly how much water is an inconvenience and how much is a threat. lLearn where your threats will come from, and under what circumstances.


Be aware of any current conditions that could advance into your area to threaten you.

If, for instance, you are in a hurricane prone area, be aware of the current long and short term forecasts. Make it a point to know about any potential tropical development that could even possibly turn towards your area. Know what the NHC's cone really means, not just whether you might be inside it or not.


That's what this page is about - in part. However, this page cotains general information about one specific type of preparation. You'll need to know how to prepare your home and family, and create a family contingency play. That plan may include evacuation (either instant or planned) or sheltering in place.

Backpacks make good go bags
Backpacks make good go bags | Source

Important Things for Your Go Bag

or Bug-out Bag

Once you have your basic Go Bag, or Grab-n'-Go Kit, you're still not quite ready to go. Think about what you absolutely, positively MUST have if you must leave your home, and may not be able to get back into it for a prolonged period of time, or ever.

Here's a starter list of things to add to the basic survival kit, along with the three days worth of food, water, first aid, and other survival essentials in it:


Drivers License

Birth Certificates

Proof of Insurance Coverage

Perscriptions and essential Medications

Cash Money

It's called a Grag and Go Bag for a reason. Beause you should be able to pick it up and walk out the door with it. You may not have time to round up all of the items listed above, and the others that you will want to add.

Survival -Water Supply - Water is Essential to Life

Securing a dependable water supply will possibly be your biggest challenge. You should need on average a gallon of water per person a day. For drinking and cooking.

No matter how safe and secure you think your water supply is right now, it can be compromised in a number of ways during floods, hurricanes, fires, tornados. Our water supplies are not 100% safe and invunerable.

General Ecology First Need XL Water Purifier
General Ecology First Need XL Water Purifier

The affordable Water Filter/Purifier (1 filter/purifier) unit won a "Gear of The Year" award from Outside magazine


Hurricane Jeanne Did Some Real Damage

Damage done by Hurricane Jeanne to a beachside home
Damage done by Hurricane Jeanne to a beachside home | Source

Hurricanes can bring about temporary food and water shortages

Right after Hurricane Jeanne, you could not buy food within 30 miles of our house. Residents had emptied the store shelves of non-perishable foods and bottled water as the storm approached.

By the time the storm left, the frozen and refrigerated food that had been left in the stores prior to the storm could not be sold because the power went out early on, and refigeration with it.

Anyone who did not already have a supply of non perishable food had to drive at least 50 miles to get some.... IF they had remembered to fill their gas tanks before the storm. (Gas was unavailable locally, too.)

It was a couple more days before deliveries could be resumed, and some homes were still without power 8 - 10 days later.

So, there's one real life example of a food shortage, albeit a temporary one, that we experiencecd.

Emergency Food supply - Food Shortages

Governments estimate each household has enough food for approx 3-4 days, but this includes fresh foods. which don't last long without refigeration. .

You can purchase a Family Emergency Food Supply Kit which includes everything imaginable from emergency food preparedness to emergency tools and shelter equipment.

There are also specially packaged survival foods, and freeze dried foods with a stated shelf life of anywhere from one to 25 years.

You may even need a way to do cooking on a temporary facility Power sources - including both electricity and gas can be disrupted.

Emergency Energy - Heat, light, power - We Have Been Without Power for DAYS from Hurricane Strikes

Heat, light two very important components, not only will a hot drink keep you warm, but also hot food, it is essential you have made provisions for making heat.

Extra flashlights, lanterns, and batteries shouldn't be something you have to go out and buy at the last minute. There's too much else to do when things happen.

We keep a whole drawer full of batteries in all sizes, and buy extras at the beginning of each hurricane season. But, you never know.

Another important piece of equipment is an emergency radio that can operate even after your last battery is used up. Here's one that has some very important additional features.


Learn Survival skills - SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation

Are you prepared to ensure the survival of you and your family when disaster strikes?

When something happens, it's a bit late to start learning survival skills, first aid, and the things that may make a real difference in an emergency.

Start making your own emergency supply list now. Then, begin making sure you have the things on it... giving priority to obtaining the most crucial ones first, of course.

Depending on where you live, some items will be important for you, while others will not. For example, Survival Blankets are essential for someone living in an area that experinces blizzards, but not so quite so much for a Floridian planning for hurricane survival.

Being Prepared for a Disaster - Means Already Having Supplies on Hand

When something is about to happen is no time to start getting ready. Just knowing what you will need is not the same thing as already having what you need on hand.

These emergency kits are being auctioned off at eBay today. See what you need? Why not place a bid now?

Thank you for letting me know you were here - Do you have your plan already just in case disaster strikes

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      5 years ago

      Have one for your car, home, and some other safe place so you can grab it and go.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! It's true, there's nothing like being prepared. Bug out bags are great. Any kind of prepping will help you deal with fear and have a more confident and hopeful view to the future.

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      @LisaAuch1: You truly are an angel, Lisa. Thank you again!

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      I knew this would be great for you, great tips and ideas, and a wonderful important resource!

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      8 years ago

      EVERYONE should have a survival kit. Of course, I live on a boat so I might have a different point of view.

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      8 years ago

      We have worked Hurricanes for the military for years...and one thing is clear, you are never as ready as you think!

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      8 years ago

      We raise as much of our own food we as can, garden, chickens, live stock etc. Everybody needs to know what they will do in an emergency.

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      8 years ago

      You've reminded me to upgrade my solar/battery radio. Thanks for the tip. Everyone should have at least one of these kits in their homes. We have food stored up and two cords of seasoned firewood under the porch in case of apocalypse. :)

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      8 years ago

      We help businesses with emergency plans often. We like your lens. We definitely focus on schools, medical organizations and food services.

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      8 years ago

      Yep, we've got a plan. And need it too. We've had flash floods, major power outages (a 5 day followed less that a week later by a 3 day during an icy and cold January). I am a pro at baking a homemade deepdish pizza on top of a kerosene heater! :)

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      Emergency Planning and Disaster Preparedness is a must for every family! Thank you for highlighting this important topic.

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      8 years ago

      Good stuff. I have grown up in a Hurricane area and now Tornadoes are after me. These kits fit right in with my Tips for Tornadoes lens.

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      8 years ago

      Having lived in a hurricane area all of my life (and having gone through too many!) we certainly have our routine down. It never amazes me however the number of folks that don't take it seriously, and unfortunately many pay for that dearly


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