With several disasters happening this summer, I started thinking about, what if there is a disaster here?  It's not that far fetched.  We have had earthquakes and certainly forest fires.  There have been paralyzing ice storms.  And yet, I have not prepared a disaster kit.  I imagine most people have not.  Maybe I'm wrong about that.  I decided to put one together.

What should it contain?  The standard preparedness / survival bags, sold by the Red Cross are large showy red back packs.  They contain anticipated supplies for protection, nutrition, comfort, injuries, and communication, for a 3-day emergency.  Red Cross regards 3 days as prudent duration to prepare a kit for, but also have a supply of food in the home.  I think that is for a week supply, not in freezer because of possible power outages.

I don't want a bright red bag, because I think it would attract unwanted attention.  I think a large, sturdy but light weight back pack would do.  As for contents, I'm not sure yet, but using the Red Cross bags as a guide.

It is not necessary to put bag together in one day.  It can be a project, as long as one has a goal such as "I will have this together in 2 weeks."

As much as possible, the emergency kit supplies should be very comoact and lightweight, and multifunctional, and no unnecessary bulk or weight.

Line the bag with a heavy duty plastic bag, to keep contents dry.  Bag sometimes can have other functions too.

Light weight poncho.  If it has grommets, it might double as a small tent.

Light weight space age blanket.

One change of clothes and windbreaker.

Heavy wool socks.

Warm hat or cap.


A few hand warmer gel packs.

Multi-tool gadget.  These have a knife, screwdrivers, wrench, can opener, all in one tool.  One online also has a small hatchet and hammer.  On line or campers store.

A small of paratrooper string.

A small roll of duct tape.

Sterile hand or diaper wipes.

A small travelor size hand sterilizer solution bottle.

Travelor size or hotel soap bar.

Toothbrush and toothpaste, travelor size.

Bandages, various.

Polysporin ointment.

A 3-day supply of any required medicine.

Maybe a few aspirin, tylenol, or ibuprofen in a waterproof pill bottle.

A couple of bandanas.  Multifunction, can be bandage, sling, wrap, head protection.  A bandana is like a towel for galaxy hitch-hikers.

A folded package of toilet paper.

For food.

Small light weight aluminum camper mess kit.  Like we had in Army.

Mini camp stove - fueled by fuel pellets, more compact than sterno.

Butane lighter.  Camper's dry matches kit.

Probably plastic spoon and fork, light weight, easy to clean.

Maybe some energy bars.  A couple packages of ramen noodles.  I like the "Tasty Bite" precooked lentils of rice and lentils.  My packages expire in one year, so good shelf life and light weight.  Maybe some roasted peanuts for energy and protein.  Altogether, enough for 3 days of minimal sustenance.  Maybe one treat, such as a package of Twinkies.  I read those survive anything.

At least 3 liters of bottled water.  Most people need one liter per day.

Water purification tablets.  Available on Amazon.  A backup, in case more time or water is needed, or the bottles leak.  One should be heavy plastic bottle, such as a canteen, for re-use.

For communication, alarm, alerts-

Hand crank radio / usb charger.  Some are solar and battery as well.  Red cross and Amazon sell them.

A LED flashlight - maybe battery or crank operated.  If lightweight enough, maybe an LED lantern.

A few light sticks - some stay bright for several hours.

A shrill whistle.

Cell phone charger cord.

It is not crazy to think one might need a pre-thought out and pre-assembled, portable kit, for emergencies and disasters.  They happen in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

Im just stream of  consciousness thinking here.  I have probably left things out.  For 2nd or 3rd person, etc, some items need duplication and some do not.

These are also called "Bug Out Bag" because buggung out meant dropping everything and getting out impending disaster immediately.  It should be kept somewhere that can be located immediately, such as front hall closet or bedroom closet.

Some people include a weapon but Im not going there.  I think it would be as easy to use against us, as protect us.

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I would say no Daniel. At least no more than the first time. A lot of people had to be evacuated because so many trees were down. Shelters were opened in school gyms. Due to the harsh winters we used to have and tornado season most people have a generator but keeping gas stored is tricky and dangerous.
And, like the last one, there's never more than an hour's warning if we even have that. A lot of the older homes have flues that can be opened in an emergency. And the people who's homes have flues have wood burning stoves stashed in a building. If you have a flue or fireplace and generator you can make it at home through the worst of it.

Kathy, that reminds me.  I have a big pile of firewood in my woodshed, cut 2 years ago. Time to move that to the garage.

Unfortunately my woodstove depends on an electric fan to circulate the heat.  We were talking about a generator and will probably get one. we  usually have at least 5 gallons of gas, for the lawn tractor.  Gasoline could also be siphoned out of the car if not empty and if needed.

Our stove and oven are on a big propane tank.  That would hold us through an ice storm or downed power lines in a storm or maybe earthquake.   Assuming the house doesn't collapse.  It's a modern gas stove.  I don't know if burners be lit with a match, but I think so.

At 86, (and after quitting religion at 27 years having had a good life, and after 46 years when I retired having had an even better life,) my disaster bag will have ice cream. Tons of it. And spoons.

Yeah, the bag will be insulated and have a liquid nitrogen generator to keep the ice cream cold. An ice cream machine so I can occasionally make black pepper ice cream. And an acetylene torch to soften the ice cream. ...hey, this is getting complicated.

Sounds like a plan........

Perhaps a shopping trolley instead of a packpack, if you have a bad back....

Yes, something with wheels. Backpacks are often a combination of back straps, & wheels.

I haven't seen those here, but it's a good idea!

They are quite common here, & some will even accommodate a cat or small dog.

Patricia, the shopping trollies were common in the city years ago. When we moved to the country I've not seen any. Every one has to go to the store by car.

I wasn't meaning a trolley, I meant backpack with wheels.

Patricia, I accidentally answered the question from Chris under your name.

Internet search, backpacks with wheels.  I've seen them at airports.

Buy one here :-)



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