Here's Everything You Should Pack in Emergency Preparedness Kits

Updated 10/13/17
Emergency Preparedness Kits
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Natural disasters are scary, so thinking about packing an emergency preparedness kit can be stressful. But if they can significantly reduce the risk of injury or help us survive a severe disaster, then they're worth thinking about. Personally, as a Bay Area native and a current Southern California resident, it's about time I consult an earthquake kit list. 

And I've realized the task itself wouldn't be as nerve-racking if I knew what tools and supplies to shop for. So to make things easier, I consulted The Red Cross and other natural disaster survival sources to create a thorough packing list. Click through the 16 items below, and start packing or updating) your natural disaster preparedness kits just in case of an emergency.

  • A sturdy backpack or duffle bag to put the rest of your supplies in. Opt for a one that's made of a durable fabric and that's also easy to carry. 
  • In case you lose electricity, a little battery-operated flashlight will make things a lot easier. 
  • Pack some backup feminine hygiene products. 
  • You never know when a pocketknife will come in handy.
  • A solid pair of shoes will come in handy in case you need to walk through a pile of debris and hazardous object or want to be comfortable and quick on your toes.
  • A mini lighter will come in handy should the electricity go out. Pro tip: Have some extra candles too so you never have to deal with a full-on blackout.
  • Stay warm with a comfy blanket in case you're without heat. This was made for sharing and isn't super fragile, so you can even bring it on fun outdoor adventures. 
  • We all know that communication is crucial this day and age, and this is especially true during emergency situations. Make sure you have a backup charger ready to go just in case you need to reach rescuers or get in touch with family members. 
  • If you require any medications, make sure you have some safely kept in a kit. You can also put copies of your birth certificate or passport in here since it's made of water-resistant canvas to keep your belongings safe. 
  • Similarly, a whistle can be lifesaving during severe disasters. This one also happens to be stylish and totally wearable. 
  • An all-purpose first aid kit has all the essential supplies for emergency situations that require quick attention and care all in one place. 
  • Throw a few layers in your emergency kit so you can be prepared for a few climates, like a sweatshirt, loose t-shirt, socks, and leggings. 
  • Nonperishable food is an essential item on this list. Make sure you have enough to last at least a couple of days. Even just some nutrient-rich bars can do the trick. 
  • Be sure to have plenty of bottled water on deck just in case your water supply gets cut off. Aim to have one gallon per person prepared. 
  • Handwarmers will keep you comfortable if you get stuck in the chilly outdoors, and they can even help keep your body stabilized if something happens in the dead of winter. 

Did we leave anything off our list that you think we should add? Share with us in the comments below.

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