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Disaster Supplies - Supplies for Any Disaster

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By Lori

Updated January 15, 2010

Disaster Supplies - Supplies for Any Disaster

Build your kit in an easy to carry container.

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What I'm planning for

The future! Earthquake, hurricane, swine flu outbreak, etc.

What's in my kit

Food and Water:

6 Boxes of Aqua Blox Water Boxes - twice the amount of water as leading suppliers

12 - 200 Calorie Food Bars (2400 Calories) - 3 day supply of food with a 5-year shelf life

10 Water Purification Tablets - each tablet purifies 1 liter of water

Light and Communication:

Mini Scan Radio with Headphones and Batteries

Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight - contains lithium batteries which last up to 30 hours and also is able to generate power through squeezing

30 Hour Emergency Candle - can also be used as a mini stove

5-in-1 Survival Whistle - loud shrill whistle (travels over 1 mile) containing a flint starter, signal mirror, compass, and lanyard

Box of 50 Waterproof Matches

Bic Style Lighter

Shelter and Warmth:

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag - recommended over outdated "space blankets"

Emergency Poncho with Hood


16 Function Knife

N95 Respirator Dust Mask - NIOSH approved

Hygiene and Sanitation:

Hygiene Kit - Includes soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and 9 wet wipes.

3 Tempo Pocket Tissue Packs

First Aid:

42 Piece Portable First Aid Kit - contains 42 pieces - 10 spot bandages, 10 sheer junior,5 sheer medium, 5 sheer strips, 2 antibacterial, 3 clear strips, 2 fabric strips, 1 extra large, 2 alcohol pads, and 2 gauze pads


Deck of playing cards for entertainment

Infectious Waste Bag

Tips and Tricks

  • Even though food and water have a 5 year shelf life, I do check my kit every few months, and I like to rotate the edible items, to give myself the best chance of success, should I ever truly need to use them.

Rod Brouhard, EMT – P , About.com First Aid, says:

Pre-made kits are nice, but this is a good list for anyone to put together at home. Get a backpack and fill it with supplies you'll need in the event of a disaster.

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