This is a basic family kit that all households should keep on hand in the event of a natural disaster it can allow you to shelter in place for up to five days or form the basis of items to pack in your vehicle if you have to evacuate. I store my supplies in plastic totes in a closet so they are accessible and easy to grab in a hurry if I needed to evacuate.
Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
- Water two gallons per person per day, for drinking and sanitation (store a five-day supply)
- Water purification filters or tablets
- Non-perishable Food at least a five-day supply
- Plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper plates and bowls, paper or plastic cups.
- Metal pot for heating food or boiling water
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal with
- N95 Filter mask or to help filter the air
- Handi-wipes, toilet paper, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener if kit contains canned food
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Important Family Documents
- Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers
- Cell phone, tablets and/or laptops and chargers
- Pet Supplies
- Camp stove and extra fuel, a safe location for a campfire and wood or a BBQ grill and briquettes or extra fuel
- Cash or traveler’s checks, change
- Paper towels
- Compass and maps and/ or a GPS unit
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Paper and pencil
- Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
- Plastic Buckets – good for catching rainwater or to melt snow for flushing toilets.
- A bugout bag for each person – In the event you need to evacuate and either run out of gas or get stuck in traffic portable gear could save your life.
- Insect repellent
- A jacket or coat this should be appropriate to your climate and season
- Long pants
- A long sleeve shirt
- Sturdy shoes or boots
- A hat and gloves
- Extra Socks at least 2 pair per person
- Underwear at least three changes add thermal underwear if you are located in a colder climate
- Rain gear
- Sleeping bag plus extra blankets if needed
- Air mattress with pump or sleeping pad
- Tarp with ropes and stakes.
Firearms: Are a special case you have to decide for yourself if they are going to be part of your preparations, if they are make sure to comply with all local, state, and federal laws regarding firearms ownership. If they are another important thing you should consider is to get training in firearms safety from a qualified instructor.