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.