What is an Emergency Preparedness Kit?

An emergency preparedness kit is an essential package containing different tools and emergency items that are needed for survival in an emergency or disaster situation.

Consider that grocery stores and gas stations may run out of supplies, and essential services such as electricity, telephone, and health care, may be disrupted or shut down.

Along with the essentials of water and food, you need to be prepared with a survival kit, and also an emergency first aid kit to get you through these tough times.

On this page we will give a description of the different types of emergency preparedness kits that are available. Information about the different kits will help you to decide which one is right for you...


An emergency preparedness kit should be acquired in advance as an aid to survival in any type of crisis. You can prepare your own survival kit by purchasing all of the items for your specific package or you can buy a kit that is already pre-packaged with supplies for specific types of events.

Which ever you choose, your kit must contain certain supplies and tools suitable for various situations and places. Your kit should be ready to provide a person or family with the basic needs to survive in an emergency situation. Keep the top priorities foremost in mind: water, food, shelter, warmth and first aid.

Better to have it and not need it - than to need it and not have it.


72 HOUR KIT - Sometimes referred to as "Bug-Out-Bag"

Commonly called a "72-hour kit" because in most community emergency situations, it will take at least three days (72 hours) for outside community help to arrive.

Therefore, there should be three days worth of food, water, and personal items for each member of the family included in this type of kit. Generally comes in some type of "carry-case" or back-pack system.

View 72 Hour Emergency Kits Page -

List of 10 Basic Contents, including tips and product recommendations.


Survival kits typically refer to a more extensive, but still portable type of kit. They contain extra supplies that are prepared more for overall usefulness.

Survival kits can be prepared or purchased with enough supplies for 1 to several people, many are contained in a larger portable container such as a bucket, large pack, or a duffel-style bag.

Survival kits can be used at home during a disaster, or thrown into a vehicle when the situation requires you to drive away from the area. It also provides you a kit that can be carried out of an affected area if the damage is too great to drive a vehicle, such as after a severe earthquake or hurricane.


A first aid kit should always be included with any type of kit you prepare or purchase. A simple kit should contain these or similar items; bandages, sterile pads and gauze, first aid tape, tweezers, disinfectant pads, oxytetracycline tablets (for diarrhea or infection), antibiotic cream and aspirin.

Also keep an extra pair of prescription eyeglasses or contacts. Any material in the kit that may be damaged or rendered ineffective by water should be wrapped or sealed in plastic.


Emergency car kits should include everything you might need if your car breaks down on a lonely road, if you are stranded in your car during a sudden weather emergency, or if you have to evacuate in a disaster type situation.

Car kits are the ideal safety tool for your travels - all year round. Severe conditions or disaster emergencies can happen anywhere, in any season - stay prepared with car tools and items that can keep you warm, provide light, keep you hydrated and can signal for help.

Emergency Car Kit Page -

A Complete List of Contents and Helpful Tips to help build or make an informed purchase of an Emergency Car Kit.


Our pets depend upon us in the event of a disaster or emergency. If you own a pet, your planning should include a pet emergency preparedness kit.

Pet Disaster Kit Page -

List of 12 Basic Contents for your Emergency Pet Kit, helpful information and product recommendations.

Extra Tips

Keep a supply of cash money in small denominations and coins in your kits. You will need cash for situations such as telephone calls (if the lines still operate) or buying various goods, both essential and non-essential.
Keep in mind, if there is a power outage, scanning of credit cards will not be an option, you will need cash-on-hand.

When a major emergency or disaster hits, don't expect an immediate rescue response from police, firefighters or paramedics, they will be initially overwhelmed.
An emergency preparedness kit will help you to get through a rough time more prepared.

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