makeshift emergency kit

Today’s guest article entitled “What to Prepare for Your Home In Case of A Disaster: A Checklist”. Was kindly submitted by Jimmy. Continue reading to find out more about how to build yourself a makeshift emergency kit according to your budget and preferences.


What To Prepare For Your Home In Case Of A Disaster:

A Makeshift Emergency Kit Checklist

As the adage goes, “It’s always better to be safe than sorry”. At the risk of sounding morbidly pessimistic, it’s always a wiser move to be ready for unpredictable scenarios like natural calamities or other emergencies. After all, you’ll never know when disaster will strike.

There are a variety of disaster Survival Kits available in the market. But you can also build yourself one according to your budget and preferences. Here’s a checklist of what you might need for your makeshift emergency kit:

#1 Water – Possibly the Most Important Thing on This List

Before storing anything else, make sure you have a significant supply of potable water in your storage. Assume that you might need about a gallon of water per person per day, so you’ll roughly need a 3-day supply for evacuation and a 2-week supply for home use. This is the essential item you will need for survival so don’t scrimp on how much you will store.

#2 Non-perishable Food Items That Are Easy to Store

If you can, it’s also wise to store a lot of non-perishable food items like canned goods, cereal, and other ready to eat meats, fruits, and juice. Avoid storing food items that require refrigeration or that will easily spoil.

#3 A Trusty Flashlight Depending on Your Needs

In case the electricity runs out, it’s always good to have a source of light. While it’s also advisable to keep some matches and candles handy. A flashlight can be safer and more convenient to use.

There are several options to choose from, ranging from a basic one to the more superior, military grade ones. Either way. It’s always a relief to have a light source when there’s an emergency.

#4 Multi-purpose Tool and Supply Kit

Some scissors, tweezers, a wrench, and some pliers are just some items you can place in your survival toolkit. You can also include a Swiss Army knife, a can opener, and other sharp tools that might be of use when a situation calls for it.

#5 Durable Clothing That can Withstand the Rain or Cold

You’ll never know when a storm might hit hard, or what the temperature will be like in an emergency situation. Consider storing some jackets, socks, heavy-duty boots, as well as blankets and towels to help you get through a cold night.


#6 A First Aid Kit With Basic Medications

Make a duplicate travel size version of your medicine cabinet and don’t forget to include:

  • Gauze pads
  • Sterile bandages
  • Band-Aids
  • A Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Adhesive tape
  • Alcohol or hand sanitizer
  • A salve for burns
  • Sunscreen
  • Hot packs and Cold packs
  • Latex gloves

#7 A Battery-powered Radio and Spare Batteries

It’s always best to have a connection to the outside world in case your mobile phones won’t function or if the electricity is out. Having a battery-powered radio will keep you updated on the situation outside.

An NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert is also advisable to keep handy. Just make sure you also keep a lot of spare batteries or have a battery charger on hand.

#8 Products for Hygiene

Make sure you bring a lot of toilet paper, toiletries and a supply of feminine products for the women. There’s a chance a disaster can cut off the water supply in your home, so it’s good to have a lot of hygiene products to make you feel more comfortable.

#9 Important Documents Kept in a Sealed, Waterproof Packaging

Passports, identification, the rights to your property, your spouse’s very first love letter – all equally important, and all can be easily misplaced in the blink of an eye. Keep your important documents inside safe, waterproof and portable containers. So you can easily grab hold of them should you need to evacuate and run.

#10 Cleaning Items to Ensure Safety and Hygiene

Some disinfectant and household chlorine bleach can go a long way if you’re suddenly stuck in an emergency situation. Did you know that you can use bleach as a disinfectant for water Just make sure you don’t use scented, color safe bleaches or bleach with added cleaners.

Just dilute one part bleach to nine parts water, or 16 drops of household liquid bleach to one gallon of water. If you can, bring other cleaning items and rugs in case you’ll need to sanitize anything that can harm you after a disaster.

A Makeshift Emergency Kit Checklist – Conclusion

While there is no surefire way to avoid experiencing disasters, being prepared goes a long way. You’ll be glad you were able to store these necessities should you eventually need them. And what’s more, you can also help save other lives in danger.

Your survival checklist shouldn’t also be limited to the items mentioned above. You can modify the list depending on your living situation, where you live, and the people you live with at home. For instance, if you have pets, you should also consider survival kits for them, too. When the time comes, you’ll be relieved you thought two steps ahead!

Author Bio:

Jimmy loves sharing his knowledge on Woodworking and Home Improvement techniques at Air Tool Guy. Follow his blog for more tips and tricks of tools around the house.

Makeshift Emergency Kit Checklist – References & Related Links

Redcross.org- How To Prepare For Emergencies

Fox News: 10 Things You Need To Have In Your Disaster Emergency Kit

How To Make An effective Home Emergency Plan

Why Preppers Should Get Their Ham Radio Licence

Prepper Bits Prepper Resources Section

EPA.Gov: Ground Water and Drinking Water Emergency Disinfection

How To Prepare A Disaster Supply Kit

Top Prepper Sites



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