How to Customize your Survival Kit

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
At this point, you have hopefully either purchased an emergency kit or you built your own (If you haven’t, seriously what are you waiting for?). Your kit includes all the basic necessities required to survive after a major earthquake or other disasters. You have a 72-hour plus supply of food, water, first aid supplies, radios, blankets, etc., but did you also think to include an extra pair of glasses or contact solution? What about diapers, clothing, or toys for the young children in your household? So many people believe they are adequately prepared by taking the step to purchase a pre-assembled kit without taking into consideration the other essential items they use in day-to-day life. We encourage you to follow the instructions outlined below to personalize your survival kit to meet your own needs:

  1. Out-of-State Contact Cards. Ideally, each family member should have one of these cards in their wallets in addition to inside your survival kit. Out-of-State contact cards should include the name of a friend or relative who lives “out-of-state.” This person will act as a communication liaison between separated family members and could relay potentially lifesaving news bulletins.

  2. Old pair of walking shoes. An earthquake will happen without warning. You may be barefoot or wearing inappropriate footwear (ladies, heels). Following a major disaster, you may have to navigate through broken glass and debris in order to evacuate. In addition to including a pair of shoes in your survival kit, consider keeping a practical pair under your desk at work or in your vehicle.

  3. Contacts or eyeglasses. If you require the use of contacts or eyeglasses, keep a spare pair in your kit. Don’t forget the contact solution! One thing you will certainly need in a time of emergency is the ability to see and avoid hazards.

  4. Prescription medications. Include a minimum 3-day supply of prescription medications or treatments such as insulin.

  5. Cash. Banks may be closed, ATMs damaged or shut down. You never know when you might need cash.

  6. Clothing. Depending on your location, a disaster could take place during inclement weather. Consider including an extra set of clothing in addition to a jacket or gloves.

  7. Other suggested additions include baby supplies, sanitary supplies (napkins, paper), and additional emergency food & water for any household pets.  
Every individual and family is unique therefore, we recommend you examine your daily routine and take note of any items you personally consider "essential."