Home Survival Kit – Preparing For Emergencies

Preparing a home survival kit before an emergency is the way to make survival more of a reality. If you have to evacuate in an emergency at a moment’s notice and all of your essentials will need to go with you.

Often people need to survive alone after an emergency. For this reason you need adequate food, supplies and water. Help may come, but the time for help to arrive cannot be guessed. It could be hours, or it could be days. 

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Many things should be included in your home survival kit. Each member of your family should have their own survival kit and know what to do if and when an emergency occurs.

Each of your family members has individual needs and their kits need to be stocked with those needs in mind.

Home Survival Kit List

Your home survival kits should include the following:

  • One gallon of water per person per day to be used for drinking and sanitation. At least a three day supply should be available.
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Batteries for your battery powered radio and your flashlight. If you have a NOAA radio, have a supply of batteries for them as well.
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle for communication
  • If you have a baby, have formula and diapers
  • Moist wipes, trash bags and ties for sanitation
  • Cotton T-shirt or dust masks to filter the air
  • Duct tape and plastic sheeting to provide some form of shelter
  • Wrench and pliers to turn off all of your utilities
  • If your non-perishable food is in cans, you will need a can opener
  • Dog food or cat food for your pet

You will need bedding and clothing in your kit. If you are in a cold climate, be sure to have enough clothing to keep you warm in your home survival kit. Your clothing should also include sturdy shoes, long pants, hat, gloves and long pants as well as a coat.

You should include a sleeping bag or bed roll in each family members kit.

Home Survival Kit Ideas

The above items are the first things that people consider when planning a home survival kit. There are other things that you will need to pack.

  • Rain gear
  • Eating utensils or mess kits
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Bleach
  • Tent if possible
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Signal flare
  • Waterproof matches
  • Bleach to be used as the disinfectant. One part bleach to 9 parts water.
  • Identification, insurance papers and bank records need to be taken with you. Some of these can be kept separately but in a convenient place to grab it and go.

These items are a guideline for any family. Medication, eye droppers and other medical equipment should be ready as well as the first aid kit. A first aid book should also be included in your packaging.

It will come in handy should there be any serious injuries during the emergency or the evacuation. Keeping these items safely packed can be the difference in your family’s safety after an emergency evacuation.

Often if you are warned of a pending emergency, you will not have time to gather all of the necessary items for your home survival kits..