What Supplies are Needed in Your Family’s Home Disaster Kit to Stay & Survive in a Diaster?

Stay and Survive, you say. How do you do that when facing a disaster? I thought it was best to evacuate to safety.

Scared Couple

Well, that may not always be the case.  After a disaster, if your home has not been impacted, it may be safer to stay at home.  If you have the necessary supplies you, your family and pets will need, you will be able to stay and survive it.  That is why you need a Home Disaster Kit!

Of course, always follow the direction of the authorities!  If told to evacuate, that is precisely what you must do for the safety of you, your family and your pets.

What is a Home Disaster Kit?

Your Home Disaster Kit is a collection of disaster supplies specific to the needs of your family and pets.  You will have peace of mind knowing you have disaster supplies safely tucked away.

Home Disaster Kits are designed with your family’s needs in mind; they should be stocked with enough supplies to support you and your family for seven days or longer.  However, we often hear 72-hours, but if you look at most disasters, 72-hours is usually not long enough.

Why Have Disaster Supplies?

Think back to the early days of COVID19.  Grocery Store lineups were down the street as people tried to purchase toilet paper, flour, and even hair dye was a hot commodity. People were hoarding these items, and in most cases, that is what was causing the shortage. In many cases, it was a perceived shortage.empty store shelves and empty cart

Trucks were still rolling in, and factories were still producing during COVID, but what happens when the disaster strikes, impacting our roads and bridges?  What happens when the trucks cannot deliver the necessities to survive and factories are unable to produce?

Then, how will we feed our families? How will we get the supplies we need?  We thought COVID19 was bad, but this will be worse.

If it is safe to stay in your home, you will be thankful to have the necessary supplies you will need.  You may be living with no power, no water or heat, but you will have the essential items you, your family and pets need safely tucked away in your Home Disaster Kit.

Disaster Kit Supplies

The two options to ensure you have a Home DisasterKit are

  1. Purchase a Ready-Made Home Disaster Kit
  2. Create your own Home Disaster Kit.

Bins for storing disaster supplies

Either option works.  You need to select what works best for you and your family.  People who create their Home Disaster Kits often use Rubbermaid type Bins, which work well as they are:

When creating your Home Disaster Kit, consider the following essential item listed below.

Home Disaster Kit Supplies

  • Food
  • Water 4L or 1 Gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • Radio & Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Work Gloves
  • Face Masks
  • Sanitizer
  • Safety Goggles
  • Duct Tape
  • Basic Tools
  • Wrench for Gas Metre
  • Hygiene Items
  • Camping Supplies
  • Change of Clothes
  • Walking Shoes
  • Poncho/Rain Jacket
  • Cash (Small Bills)
  • Keys
  • Identification
  • Insurance
  • Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books / Cards
  • Copy of your Disaster Plan
  • Pet Supplies
  • Any other items


red running shoes A Dog and Cat with Disaster Supplies

If you choose to purchase your Disaster Kits, BC Quake has an excellent selection of quality Disaster Kits.  When purchasing a ready-made kit, keep in mind you will still need to add your personal items to the kits, such as medications, clothes and toiletries. Contents.

Having a well-stocked Home Disaster Kit will be worth its weight in gold when facing a disaster.  We don’t know when the next disaster will strike, but we do know if you are prepared for disaster, you will better survive the disaster.

Don’t be Panicked; be Prepared.

Stay Safe!