Make a Disaster Preparedness Kit

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Emergency kit

Natural disasters seem to be happening on a regular basis around the world. While these tragedies are deeply saddening and unimaginable, it is a good reminder to be prepared. Everyone should have an emergency supply kit in their home and in their car. I made our home emergency kit several years ago after going through a major earthquake in California. I made our car emergency kit after hundreds of local motorists were stranded in a snow storm last year.


There are Pre-made Emergency Kit that you can buy or you can put one together yourself.

The basics of what you need:

  • Water
  • Food- canned (I bought cans with a pop-top lid) and non-perishable items (protein bars)
  • Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • Plastic sheeting and tape (I have several large plastic bags in mine)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Masks for poor air quality
  • Basic tools- wrench, pliers, screw driver

Additional Items I Included:

  • Food for our dogs and cat
  • Scissors
  • Lighters or matches
  • Blanket
  • Feminine Products
  • Personal Hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)

Make sure to go through your emergency kit every year. As I looked through mine I realized that some items are expired and need to be replaced. For my car, I don’t keep all of the above items. I keep a smaller version that contains a first aid kit, blanket, flashlight, batteries, protein bars, a lighter and a small bottle of water.

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Do you have a disaster preparedness kit? Please leave a comment if you have other items you recommend including!

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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  1. I have emergency supply kit for the car. Inside band aid,, neosporin, alcohol wipes, Ace brand tape,, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, masks for face, scissor, excedrin extra strength strength pain medicine, Vicks termometr, store brand tylenol for kids, benadryl itch relief stick, scar zone burn medicine, blankets, bottle water, breakfast and protein bars.

    • Hi Narmin,
      Pain medication and benadryl! That’s a great idea! I will add those items to my emergency kits. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is a great idea Renae. Something I have always thought of doing, but never have done.

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