What you will need in your Survival Kit

Prepare now for disasters and other emergencies

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Disaster can strike at any time. Whether it's a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, hurricane or tornado, or, in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack, your family needs to be prepared to deal with the possible loss of basic services such as water and electricity. The following supplies should be added or included in your family survival kit to help you get through the first few days of a disaster. You should also plan for long term disasters for up to a year.


There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.


Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more. Store one gallon of water per person per day. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).


Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit: Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
Canned juices Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
High energy foods Vitamins Food for infants Comfort/stress foods

First Aid Kit

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes, Assorted sizes of safety pins, Cleansing agent/soap, Latex gloves (2 pairs), Sunscreen, 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6), 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6) , Triangular bandages (3), Non-prescription drugs , 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls), 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls), Scissors, Tweezers, Needle, Moistened towelettes, Antiseptic, Thermometer, Tongue blades (2), Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant ,

Non-Prescription Drugs

Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, Anti-diarrhea medication , Antacid (for stomach upset), Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center, Laxative, Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center),

Tools and Supplies

Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils, Emergency preparedness manual, Battery-operated radio and extra batteries, Flashlight and extra batteries, Cash or traveler's checks, change, Non-electric can opener, utility knife, Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type, Tube tent, Pliers, Tape, Compass, Matches in a waterproof container, Aluminum foil, Plastic storage containers , Signal flare, Paper, pencil, Needles, thread, Medicine dropper, Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water, Whistle, Plastic sheeting ,Map of the area (for locating shelters),


Toilet paper, towelettes, Soap, liquid detergent, Feminine supplies, Personal hygiene items, Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses), Plastic bucket with tight lid,and Bedding. Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Sturdy shoes or work boots, Rain gear, Blankets or sleeping bags, Hat and gloves, Thermal underwear, Sunglasses.

Homefront Emergency makes preparing for major disasters and emergencies easy. We have the most complete line of survival and emergency products for the home, car, business schools, and government. Choose one of our pre-designed survival kits or design your own kits by selecting the products you need.

The BASIC Disaster Supply Kit

The following items might be needed at home or for an evacuation. Keeping them in easy-to-carry backpacks, duffel bag or plastic buckets. Store in closet nearest your door or other easily accessible area in case you need to access or evacuate quickly, such as in a tsunami, flash flood, or major earthquake, tornado, severe storms. Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members.
Update your kit at least twice a year.

Survival Kit Basics are:

  • A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and first aid manual.
  • Supply of prescription medications.
  • Credit card and cash.
  • Personal identification.
  • An extra set of car keys
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Signal flare.
  • Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go.
  • Special needs, for example, diapers or formula, prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions, hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses, or other physical needs.
  • ONE gallon of water per person pr.day.
  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food.
  • Kitchen accessories: manual can opener; mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic/disposable utensils; utility knife; a can of cooking fuel if food must be cooked; household liquid bleach to treat drinking water; sugar, salt, pepper; aluminum foil; plastic resealable bags.
  • One complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member, sturdy shoes or work boots, raingear, hat and gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses.
  • Blankets or sleeping bag for each family member.
  • Tools and other accessories: paper, pencil; needles and thread; pliers, shut-off wrench, shovels, and other useful tools; tape; whistle; plastic sheeting; small canister, A-B-C-type fire extinguisher; emergency tube tent; compass.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items: toilet paper, towelettes; soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent; feminine supplies; personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm; plastic garbage bags (heavy-duty) and ties (for personal sanitation uses); medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid; disinfectant; household chlorine bleach; shovel for digging an expedient latrine.
  • Entertainment, such as games and books. Remember to consider the needs of very young and older family members, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
  • For baby: formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications.
  • For adults: heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin, prescription drugs, denture needs, contact lenses and supplies, extra eyeglasses, and hearing aid batteries.

Homefront Emergency disaster/survival kits are specially designed using strict preparedness guidelines set by the US Coast Guard, FEMA, Emergency Responders and the American Red Cross.
How can someone prepare for their pets?
Pet owners should assemble an emergency supply kit that includes:
enough pet food and water for three days, medications and medical records, leashes, ID tags and other appropriate supplies. We also recommend that pet owners have an emergency plan that considers their pets needs and that they learn more about the types of emergencies that can happen in their area and the appropriate responses.

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