What should I have in my survival supply kit?
This is a beginner’s survival supply list to help you get started.
- WATER -Water is the most important supply you should have on hand.
One gallon of water per person per day.
Evacuation – 3 day supply.
Home – Minimum 2 week supply for each person in the household.
- FOOD – Food is the second most important supply you should have on hand.
Non-Perishable and easy to prepare food items.
Evacuation: 3 day supply for each person evacuating.
Home: 2 Weeks supply minimum for each person in your home.
- LIGHT – Flashlights – Lanterns – Candles
Flashlights or lanterns for each person in your family.
- RADIO – Hand-Crank Radio and/or Battery Powered Radio. NOAA Weather Radio Channel available on the radio is a plus.
- BATTERIES – Battery – Spare batteries for each battery-operated device you have.
You will need batteries for your flashlights, lanterns, and emergency radios.
Be sure to keep spare batteries in your Bug-Out Bags in case you need to evacuate.
- FIRST AID KIT – Master first aid kit for location.
You should have one primary first-aid kit for your home, office, each vehicle, and your bug-out location.
A first aid kit for each person in your family that they can easily carry with them is also a must.
- MEDICATIONS – A 14 day supply.
A fourteen-day supply of your current prescriptions minimum should be on hand always. Discuss with your doctor how that can be done.
You will also want a home and vehicle supply of over the counter medications. For example, pain reliever, topical antibacterial ointment, anti-diarrhea, laxatives, antacids, multi-vitamins, eye drops, antihistamines, etc.
Be sure to discuss any medications including prescriptions and over the counter with your health care professional first.
Aetna has a downloadable PDF here. https://www.aetnabetterhealth.com/illinois/assets/pdf/pharmacy/OTC-IL.pdf
- MULTI-PURPOSE TOOL
You will also want to make sure you have at least a basic tool kit in your home and your vehicle in case of an emergency.
- PERSONAL HYGIENE SANITATION SUPPLIES
Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, baby wipes, and clean water for clean up.
- PERSONAL DOCUMENTS
Drivers License or State Id, List of Medications, Proof of Address (ie: utility bill, deed or lease to your home) passports, birth certificates, and copies of insurance policies for each person.
- COMMUNICATIONS – Cell Phone with chargers.
You may also want to consider portable family radios, CB radio, HAM Radios (if licensed) incase of a grid-down situation.
- EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Be sure to a printed list of family phone numbers and address’s plus phone numbers to your insurance companies, doctors, a pharmacist in case the phone battery dies and you can’t digitally look them up.
- SPARE CASH
Keeping spare cash in small denominations for each person will be needed in case electricity is out and you need to purchase something and credit or debit cards won’t work.
- EMERGENCY BLANKETS
Emergency blankets for both the home and vehicle are very important to have.
Be sure to have enough for each person in your household.
- MAPS – Maps of your local and state area.
Having paper maps of your local area and state will come in handy if your phone battery dies and your GPS does not work.