Guide to Emergency Preparedness Kits - Survival Kits

Guide to Emergency Preparedness Kits - Survival Kits

Emergencies can strike at any time, often without warning. Being prepared is the best way to ensure safety and survival during unexpected events. At Inland Empire Safety and Supply, we understand the crucial role that an emergency preparedness kit plays in safeguarding your family and property. In this blog post, we will discuss what an emergency preparedness kit is, why it’s important to have one, and what essential items should be included.

What Is an Emergency Preparedness Kit?

An emergency preparedness kit, also known as a disaster supply survival kit, is a collection of essential items that you may need in the event of an emergency. These kits are designed to provide basic necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies, helping you survive until help arrives or normalcy is restored. Emergency preparedness kits are crucial for ensuring you have what you need during natural disasters, power outages, and other crisis situations.

Why Is It Important to Prepare a Survival Kit?

Having an emergency preparedness kit is important for several reasons:

  1. Immediate Access to Essentials: In the aftermath of a disaster, access to basic necessities like food, water, and medical supplies can be limited. An emergency kit ensures you have these essentials readily available.
  2. Peace of Mind: Knowing that you have a well-stocked emergency kit can provide peace of mind, reducing anxiety and stress during a crisis.
  3. Quick Response: Emergencies often require quick action. A pre-prepared kit allows you to respond swiftly without the need to gather supplies last minute.
  4. Survival: In severe situations, having the right supplies can mean the difference between life and death. An emergency kit ensures you are equipped to handle various challenges.

What Should Be Included in a Survival Kit?

Building a comprehensive emergency preparedness kit involves including items that cover basic survival needs for at least 72 hours. Here’s a list of essential items:

Basic Supplies

  • Water: At least one gallon per person per day for three days for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food: Non-perishable food items such as canned goods, energy bars, and dried foods. Include a manual can opener.
  • Flashlight: A reliable flashlight with extra batteries.
  • First Aid Kit: Include bandages, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.
  • Battery-powered or Hand-crank Radio: To stay informed about emergency updates.
  • Multi-tool: A versatile tool that includes pliers, a knife, screwdrivers, and other useful implements.
  • Sanitation Items: Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Local Maps: To navigate if electronic devices are unavailable.

Personal Items

  • Clothing: Extra clothing, sturdy shoes, and blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Personal Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and other personal hygiene products.
  • Important Documents: Copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof container.

Special Needs

  • Infant Supplies: Formula, diapers, bottles, and other baby essentials.
  • Pet Supplies: Food, water, medications, and pet carriers.
  • Medical Supplies: Extra eyeglasses, hearing aids with extra batteries, and any other necessary medical equipment.

Tools and Safety Items

  • Whistle: To signal for help.
  • Dust Mask: To help filter contaminated air.
  • Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape: For shelter-in-place situations.
  • Matches in a Waterproof Container: For starting fires.
  • Wrench or Pliers: To turn off utilities.

Communication and Navigation

  • Cell Phone with Chargers: And a backup power source.
  • Emergency Contact Information: A list of emergency contacts and family meeting points.

From natural calamities to unexpected emergencies, our backpacks are curated to ensure you have everything you need when it matters most. In this guide, we'll explore different types of emergency preparedness backpacks, including 1-day, hurricane, tornado, and wildfire kits.

1-Day Survival Bag


  • Food and Water: Enough supplies for one day, including high-calorie food bars and water pouches.
  • First Aid Kit: Basic medical supplies like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
  • Lighting and Communication: Flashlight with extra batteries, emergency whistle, and a multi-tool.
  • Personal Hygiene Items: Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and a face mask.
  • Shelter and Warmth: Emergency blanket and a rain poncho.

This survival kit is best for short-term emergencies where you need to evacuate quickly. It  is also ideal for keeping in your car, office, or home for unexpected situations.

Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Backpack


  • Food and Water: Supplies for 72 hours, including non-perishable food items and water purification tablets.
  • First Aid Kit: Comprehensive medical supplies, including a first aid manual and prescription medications.
  • Lighting and Power: Waterproof flashlight, headlamp, extra batteries, and a portable phone charger.
  • Shelter and Warmth: Lightweight tent, emergency blankets, and waterproof matches.
  • Tools and Supplies: Multi-tool, duct tape, and a whistle.
  • Personal Items: Important documents in a waterproof bag, hygiene products, and extra clothing.

This preparedness backpack is best for residents in hurricane-prone areas needing to be prepared for evacuation and prolonged power outages. It's suitable for both home and vehicle storage.

Emergency Preparedness Backpack Hurricane 1-Person

Tornado Emergency Preparedness Backpack

What It Includes:

  • Food and Water: 3-day supply of emergency food and water.
  • First Aid Kit: Extensive medical supplies to treat injuries common in tornado situations.
  • Lighting and Communication: Battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and a whistle.
  • Shelter and Warmth: Emergency blankets, rain ponchos, and sturdy gloves.
  • Tools and Supplies: Multi-tool, duct tape, dust masks, and a small fire extinguisher.
  • Safety Items: Hard hat, safety goggles, and heavy-duty boots.

This tornado survival bag is ideal for individuals and families living in areas susceptible to tornadoes. It's also essential for ensuring safety and survival during and after a tornado strike.

Emergency Preparedness Backpack Tornado

Wildfire Survival Bag

What It Includes:

  • Food and Water: Supplies for 72 hours, including food bars and water filtration systems.
  • First Aid Kit: Complete first aid supplies with burn treatment products.
  • Protection Gear: N95 masks to protect against smoke inhalation, safety goggles, and gloves.
  • Lighting and Navigation: LED flashlight, headlamp, extra batteries, and a compass.
  • Shelter and Warmth: Fire-resistant blankets, emergency tents, and heat-resistant gloves.
  • Tools and Supplies: Multi-tool, whistle, fire extinguisher, and duct tape.
  • Personal Items: Copies of important documents in a fireproof bag, hygiene items, and a change of clothes.

This is best for residents in wildfire-prone regions needing to evacuate quickly.

Wildfire Emergency Preparedness Backpack

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.