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.
Pack your supplies in a backpack for your car-pack and pack your supplies in a bucket for the house. 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. Items you need to pack in your kits: Extra clothes, bandages, prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, toilet paper, cash, canned foods, non-perishable edibles, powdered drinks, copies of IDs, all of your daily toiletries, Clorox® for water purification, batteries, anything else you can think of including the obvious that might slip your mind in an average list. A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Disaster preparedness for your home and family isn’t one of those things to be overlooked, and yet, it ends up being one thing that many families only consider creating after a disaster strikes. 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.


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. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and American Red Cross advise families to have a kit that can last them outside of the home for 72 hours, which means that you’ll need three days of food, water and supplies for every member of your family. Be sure to include, a package of food, water, and anything else your pet would need in a safe, accessible place. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. Whether it's preparedness for floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, or fires, the key to survival in disasters is planning.
I like the suitcase for this, because I can fit everything in the front pocket, and keep it separate so we won’t have to dig around for it.
If you have special needs or are preparing with a child’s needs in mind, pack accordingly, and consider including child-safe medicines as well. Food for pets is easy to pre-measure and keep sealed in air-tight containers (for dry food) or in cans (wet food), but remember to pack extra water and a small bowl for them—hydration is critical for all.


If you have time to prepare, fill at least six, 5 gallon (18.9 L) plastic gas containers with gasoline to power the generator.
It's best to assume that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, roads will be inaccessible by vehicles, and public transportation will be shut down. Use our preparedness section to stay informed, make a plan, and most importantly—remain safe in an emergency. For example, homeowners who need to prepare for floods may pack much differently than homeowners preparing for wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes. In the same front pouch, also keep photocopies of important documents, like deeds, passports, and licenses, and extra sets of car and house keys in case you are forced to abandon all. Stick to nutrient-rich products that won’t require refrigeration once opened, and cans and containers that are classic serving sizes for one person, or to share, so nothing goes to waste or has a chance to spoil once opening.
But all disasters considered, you wouldn’t believe how much can really fit in an overhead-sized suitcase, a method of storage that is both easy on the budget and easy to transport, as many have wheels.



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