It is best to put two disaster kits together: one for your car in case a disaster strikes while you are away from the house, and another (supplementary) for the house. Find a bag, in case your car becomes disabled and you need to walk, to hold all of the supplies. Pack your supplies in a backpack for your car-pack and pack your supplies in a bucket for the house.
Pack non-perishable items that are easy to eat such as protein or energy bars, meat jerky, and canned snack-sized fruit. Pack a sleeping bag with plastic ground cloths and tent for shelter, and pack some money for both kits.
For the house kit, pack additional food and water and know what important items you want to take with you if you need to evacuate. If you have room, consider adding something to heat water to your pack for hot beverages or instant add-water only foods (oatmeal, pasta, rice, etc).
If you live in an area prone to disasters that cause extended power outages seriously consider keeping a portable generator on hand. If you are outside during an earthquake, stay away from poles and buildings, and lay flat, covering your head with your hands.


The kit for the road should include enough supplies for 2-3 days, and the kit for the house should include enough supplies for 5-7 days. Be sure to pack long and short sleeve shirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, good walking shoes and socks, and a wind-breaker rain jacket. Consider purchasing solar or crank rechargeable lights and radios, and maybe some glow sticks. Keep a carbon filter water pitcher in the refrigerator, and several fresh filter inserts standing by. Water can be contaminated, so you need to store enough water for drinking, and additional water for cooking (if you have a camp stove), flushing a commode, and washing. If you're in a tornado-threatened area, and on a higher level if you are concerned about flooding or earthquakes, and you can reasonably plan on surviving on site, put your kit in an upper level closet. There are emergency supply kits that have the essentials of high-energy bars and water packs that you can buy that can help remove the guesswork from what to pack. The newer lights of this type use LEDs to conserve power and the radio will keep you informed of any complications, such as a fire, explosions following a quake, and tornado.
LED lights last a long time on batteries, and a headlamp leaves both of your hands free to cook, do dishes, read, or many other things.


Be sure to include, a package of food, water, and anything else your pet would need in a safe, accessible place. Keep it in Jerry cans or water jugs and write "Drinking Water" on the side of these containers with a permanent marker. Keep in mind that if you choose mace, it does expire and will need to be replaced occasionally. Local emergency managers and the American Red Cross can help you determine the risks in your area.
Both the self-powered lights and self powered radios and light sticks may be found at any local discount department store or radio supply store.




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