Everyone Should Know How to Make a Home Disaster Kit

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Now that everyone is hoarding toilet paper thanks to coronavirus, it’s become incredibly clear that most of us are woefully unprepared for an emergency situation. Not just a self-quarantine: no most of us would be in serious trouble in all kinds of situations: earthquakes, tornadoes, floods. You name it, we’re not ready for it.

If you’re one of the people who’s quickly realizing that your house could use some disaster preparation, look no further: we’ve built you the perfect guide to building a disaster kit for any situation. Next time it’s the end of the world you will be 100% ready (maybe, it will be the end of the world after all).

It’s time for us all to channel our inner doomsday prepper and get ready for the next disaster. Don’t worry – we’ll walk you through every step. But maybe hold off on going out to buy all the supplies until after we’re done with social distancing.

Different disasters require different responses, so an overall kit should have some resources for all kinds of scenarios. Here’s what you need to keep you safe in most common disasters.

Who is this kit for? The number of people/animals will help you determine your needs. What kinds of emergencies could affect me? A kit for California will look different from a kit for Minnesota. What are common emergencies in your area?

You want to aim for 1 gallon per person per day. You’ll probably also want a solid water filter.

You want non-perishable items that are stored in the kit (not in your cupboards). You do want to replace those items every six months.

It sounds stupid, but can you imagine only having canned foods and not being able to get to them? No thanks.

Keeping a weather radio with batteries on hand will let you stay up to date on what’s happening in an emergency.

So get yourself a solid flashlight, or even a battery operated lamp.

A First Aid kit probably contains more than you’d expect. Of course you’ll have the basics like bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, and pain medications.

You should stock burn cream, elastic bandages, allergy medicine, and tourniquets.

Does anyone take medications regularly? Are there particular conditions you should prepare for? Make sure those are included in the kit too.

Personal clothing that is. You’ll want to have one extra set of clothes for each person in your house, plus an emergency blanket for each.

For my Midwestern friends that means jackets and scarves and other warm gear.

If you think you’ll have to leave your home, you may want a tarp or a tent.

We’re talking baby wipes, personal hygiene items (your toothpaste, your deodorant), and garbage bags, plus anything else that might be handy.

So have some paper plates and plastic utensils so you can eat without worrying.

But you also want to think about mental health. Make sure you have at least a couple of things to keep your spirits up: a deck of cards, a book, a favorite stuffed animal.

We’re back with a vengeance because you’ll also want a clear place for important documents like your Passport, Social Security card, birth certificates and so on.

When the Apocalypse comes it seems unlikely that ATMs will be working, so you’ll want that sweet, sweet green.

Are they for an emergency kit or some kind of heinous crime? The world may never know.

Sure, you could use your phone, but you don’t want to rely on technology if you have to remember things, make plans, take notes, or so on.

A good container of bleach goes a long way, but remember to dilute it. Straight bleach is not what you want on any of your possessions.

But it’s a good idea to include one in your kit in case you have to deal with air problems. In a pinch a cotton shirt will work.

That means pets too: they’ll need their food and dishes, leash/collar, litter and a disposable litter tray, plus a way to transport the animal.

You’ll want to have baby formula and diapers if you’ve got a kiddo that needs those supplies.

Yeah, a map and a compass, not Google Maps. Make sure you remember how to read them though.

Store your kit in a waterproof container. It’s good to have something you can put in your car or bring with you if you need to leave your home.

Ideally you’ll want it in the place you go first in an emergency (so if you’re in a flood zone it does not go in the basement). Try to keep it somewhere with no extreme temperatures.

Make sure the whole family knows where it is, what’s in it, and what the plan is for an emergency. If the kit doesn’t get used, it’s absolutely pointless.

Talk to your family members about how you’ll support each other. You’re in this together after all.

This kit isn’t for panicking it’s for preparing. Don’t let the preparation drive you into anxiety. You’re doing all you can.