The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends at least 72 hours worth of supplies for a major disaster.
If you only have 72 hours worth of supplies, then staying in a destroyed location is probably not a good idea.
A “bug out bag” or BOB is an extensive survival kit and you can grab and go in case of a disaster. A winter survival kit is a survival kit that is usually kept in your car in the event you get stranded in the winter. Both types of kits can be life savers if you become stranded by weather, an accident or even a natural disaster that prevents you from getting home.
A more comprehensive kit would include supplies to keep you or a group going for several days or weeks. If a disaster strikes while you are at work, a get home bag can provide you with the essentials you may need for a few hours.
Here is a first aid kit contents list that you use to make sure you've got all the necessary supplies at home for when you need them. You'll find the printable version below, as you scroll down, but you can read what supplies you'll need to keep for your home kit right here.


The list is meant to be a guide for you, a checklist of sorts, to help you remember what you may need and to make sure it is on hand at all times. I suggest printing out a copy of the list for yourself and placing it in your first aid kit that you create, or purchase, so you can make sure you keep all the necessary supplies in stock as they're used, or as they expire and need to be replaced with fresher versions. The first aid kit you keep handy in your home is meant to deal with minor first aid issues, and should be separate from the kit you keep with your emergency supplies.
You do need a first aid kit within your emergency preparedness kit though, and the list below can give you good guidance for what should be included in these emergency supplies as well. It is imperative that you keep emergency contact and other vital medical information within your first aid kit so that if first responders need to come, or people unfamiliar with your household need to use the kit (such as a babysitter) they can know vital information. Therefore, on the printable first aid kit contents list I've also added a spot for you to fill in your personal doctor and dentist's phone numbers, so that someone can call them easily in an emergency if needed, along with some other helpful emergency contact information.
Some people want to make a homemade first aid kit, and many times this is a better idea because you can critically think of the items I've listed here as part of the first aid kit contents list and add anything that is unique to your family's needs.
Make sure to get a kit that is for home use, not an OSHA kit which is meant to deal with workplace first aid. If you live in an area where there is a chance of an earthquake or hurricanes then you should have an earthquake or hurricane survival kit.


Make it your New Year’s Resolution to create an emergency plan and a 72 hour kit as a family.
Here are some good ones to choose from, but remember that their contents may vary and may not have everything listed in the checklist above (or perhaps they have things I haven't listed above).
A survival kit is any container of supplies that help you survive any emergency situation you may be in. When there is no food to be had, your family will probably be happy with anything the kit offers but packing some of their favorites will help keep morale high in a stressful time. The basic supplies are the same as a the 72 hour kit but you’ll need them in far larger quantities. It can be fairly simple kit you take with you when you go camping that would provide shelter and fire in the event you get lost.



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