Bad weather, uncertain times, or just planning for the worst are all valid reason to have an emergency preparedness kit. These emergency preparedness kits are particularly useful in tornado and hurricane prone areas.
Whether you are in one of these areas and need a hurricane kit, or are just wanting to be prepared. All of the items we recommend should be in your emergency kit. Our items aren’t the only things you should have in your emergency preparedness kit, but they will be a great start. We recommend a backpack or a tote to put all of your emergency kit items in. We just need something that is easy to carry.
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Food and Water is of course first on our list of emergency preparedness kit items. Without food and water we would have major issues, and an incredibly lacking emergency preparedness kit.
When it comes to food and water, you can go about it in two different ways. The first is to throw some extra water bottles and canned food into your kit. There are some major drawbacks to this method such as weight and how much space they take up in the emergency preparedness kit.
For our water, we have been using Datrex Emergency Water Packet. The individual water packets are perfect for an emergency preparedness kit. The small packets take up less space than a water bottle, and are made of a durable material so they won’t rip.
For our food, we have been using standard military MRE’s. We use the Western Frontier MRE due to the fact that they have a shelf life of 3 – 5 years. Canned food will work, but once again you run into weight and space issues. MRE’s are small and designed to fit into rucksacks with limited space.
Blankets are next on our items for an emergency preparedness kit list. Even if you aren’t using your items for a tornado or hurricane kit, a blanket can be invaluable. An emergency survival blanket such as the Don’t Die in The Woods – World’s Toughest Survival Bivy is a great option.
We recommend this emergency preparedness kit blanket due to it’s size. It is incredibly compact and will take up next to no space in your emergency preparedness kit.
The survival blanket is more than just a blanket for warmth. They can be laid on the ground for a place to rest. They can be used as a shelter in a pinch. They can also be used as an emergency bivy to shield you from the weather.
If you aren’t using your emergency preparedness kit for bad weather, a regular blanket would suffice. Keep in mind that a regular blanket will take up a lot of space, as well as add some extra weight to your emergency kit.
Flashlights are next on our emergency preparedness kit list. The reason a flashlight is needed speaks for itself. When bad whether strikes, the power will go out. Being left in the dark can be inconvenient and downright terrifying. Flashlights have come along way since the days of the big box flashlights with D batteries.
Now days we have LED flashlights that are brighter than we could ever need. One of our favorite flashlights is the FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio. As you can tell by the name, it is quite a bit more than a standard flashlight. This flashlight is designed with the intention of being in an emergency preparedness kit.
The flashlight is powered from three different sources. AAA batteries, solar power, as well as a hand crank. It has a built in NOAA weather radio, and can charge small tablets and cellphones.
Money is next on our emergency preparedness kit list. How much money you keep in your emergency kit is completely up to you. We recommend keeping enough for gas and food for at least a few days.
We don’t recommend keeping more than you care to lose in your emergency preparedness kit though. With any emergency situation there is always a risk of losing, or forgetting your emergency preparedness kit. So keep however much money you are comfortable with in your emergency kit.
First Aid Kits are next on our emergency preparedness kit list. A good first aid kit can prove to be invaluable in an emergency situation. First aid kits not only allow you to help yourself and your family, but also allow you to help other people in need.
We recommend a first aid kit such as the M2 BASICS 350 Piece Emergency First Aid Kit. The kit is small enough to not take up a lot of room in your emergency preparedness kit, while still having 350 pieces for any emergency first aid situation you may encounter.
When it comes to emergency preparedness kits, a first aid kit can quickly become the most important item. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but if you do, you will be prepared and ready.
Dust masks are next on our emergency preparedness kit list. This one is a personal preference. We stock our emergency preparedness kit with dust masks for those just in case moments.
Dust masks are one of those items that you may never have to use, but will be there in the event that you do. They are useful in many different scenarios. From bad weather, fires, high wind situations, and people with bad allergies. There are many more but these are just a few to help you make your own choice.
Our favorite emergency preparedness kit dust masks are the KN95 Face Mask. The KN95 masks are designed to offer more protection than a standard three ply face mask.
Weather Radios are next on our emergency preparedness kit list. A weather radio is an absolutely crucial piece of technology in a tornado or hurricane kit. The weather radio will allow you to stay connected and up to date with the latest weather forecasts.
Weather radios are particularly useful in your emergency preparedness kit when you are taking shelter from a storm. Bad weather usually strikes quickly, and without much warning. Therefore we have to move quickly to our place of shelter. Having a NOAA weather radio such as the Midland – WR120B/WR120EZ – NOAA Emergency Weather Alert Radio already in place in your shelter is ideal.
We also recommend that you keep one in your emergency preparedness kit incase you have to leave your usual shelter spot.
Rain Ponchos are going to be the last item in our emergency preparedness kit. Rain ponchos are perfect for a tornado or hurricane kit. Rain ponchos take up an incredibly small amount of space and are light.
Umbrellas would work fine, they are just harder to store because of how they are shaped. An umbrella would take up a lot of real estate in our emergency survival kit. Our favorite rain ponchos are the Hagon PRO Disposable Rain Ponchos for Adults. The poncho package is small enough to fit in your pocket. So storing a 5 pack in your emergency preparedness kit will be a breeze.
The ponchos are large enough to fit over your emergency preparedness kit backpack. Rain coats are higher quality, but are generally quite a bit heavier than a small disposable poncho. If you don’t mind the added weight, go with a raincoat.