Disaster Survival Kits

Build a Kit

Stock your emergency kit with the items on the below checklist. A number of the items are cheap and easy to access. Any of them could save your life. Take a look at the important items and consider the unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or the elderly.

You may be forced to survive on your own for several days after an emergency has occurred. Preparation means you have your food, water, and other supplies enough to last you for at least 72 hours. A supply kit is a collection of important needs that your family will need when disaster strikes.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Use easy-to-carry containers such as a duffel bag or plastic bins to put your entire disaster supplies kit containing items stored in airtight plastic bags assembled in one place.

The following suggested items could be included in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water – should be enough to last at least three days with each person drinking a gallon per day for sanitization

  • Food – Carry non-perishable food enough to last at least three days

  • NOAA Weather Radio with an alert tone, powered battery, or hand-crank radio

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries for emergency purposes

  • Whistle to call for help

  • Plastic sheeting to shelter-in-place and a dust mask to help breathe clean air free from contaminated air particles.

  • Local area maps

  • Mobile phones with chargers and a backup battery

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Pliers or wrench to turn off utilities

  • Trash bags, plastic ties, and moist towelettes to maintain personal hygiene


Additional Emergency Supplies

Based on your individual needs, consider adding the following to your emergency supply kit:

  • Prescription Medications

  • Non-prescribed medicine such as pain relievers, laxatives, anti-diarrhoea medication, or antacids

  • Bottles, wipes, diapers, diaper wipe cream, infant formula

  • Food and water for the pet

  • Cash or traveller’s checks

  • Family documents of importance. Insurance policies, identification, and bank account records electronically saved or in a waterproof, portable container

  • For each individual consider carrying a sleeping bag or blanket

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Set of new clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes

  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to treat water

  • Matches in a container that water cannot destroy

  • Personal hygiene items and feminine stuff

  • Paper cups, mess kits, paper towels, plates, and plastic utensils

  • Pencil and paper

  • Puzzles, games, books or other activities for kids

Maintaining Your Kit

Remember to maintain your kit after assembling it, so it’s ready when needed:

  • Food in cans to be stored in a cool, dry place

  • Boxed food be stored in a tightly closed plastic or metal containers

  • Expired items should be replaced as needed

  • Every year, re-evaluate your needs and update your kit as per your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles since you can never tell where you will be when an emergency occurs.

  • Home: A designated area where all your family member knows, should be selected for the kit keep. The kit should be ready in case you have to leave your home quickly.

  • Work: Be ready to shelter at your workplace for at least 24 hours. Food, water, and medicines should be the content of your work kit. Plus comfortable walking shoes, stored where they could be quickly accessed.

  • Vehicle: You need to keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car in case you get stranded.