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Friday, May 15, 2009

Additional Emergency Supplies for Disasters

In the event of a natural disaster, having additional emergency supplies would be worthwhile. These items are not in our 72-hour backpacks. You can separate these items into 5 or 6 gallon buckets, totes, or additional bags. Obviously you can't carry all of these on foot yourself, but you could load them into a vehicle. And having them ready to go if you had to evacuate would save a lot of valuable time. Here is a list of some emergency supplies our family is gathering.

5-gallon Bucket #1 -
List of items in bucket
Bucket lid (not Gamma lid)
Large flashlight or solar flashlight (put near top)
Batteries for flashlight
Family-sized First Aid Kit (update every 6 months. Could be used to help others. Put near top)
Radio, battery (put near top)
Batteries for radio (replace every 6 months)
Sun block
Insect repellant
Travel wet wipes
40 Waterproof matches
Butane lighter
Emergency flares
Emergency candles
50 Purification tablets
Water filtration bottle
Can opener
12-Function Army Knife w/scissors
Sewing kit
Large 30 gallon trash bags
13 gal. plastic trash bags (to line your bucket as a toilet)
2 Mess kits
Paper plates, paper bowls, paper cups, plastic utensils
Paper towels, small roll
Small bottle of dish soap or camp soap
Small bottle of disinfectant
American Red Cross brochures

5-gallon Bucket #2 -
Leather work gloves (put near top)
Large tarp
Folding shovel
Whet stone
50 ft. nylon cord
Duct tape
Small folding cook stove with fuel
Small hand broom
Pliers and wrench

Additional Items:
Family tent (in its own bag)
Toilet seat lid made to fit on bucket
Cases of bottled water (*what you can't put in your backpacks)
Water container to refill at evacuation shelter: tote, bucket above, or jug with spout
Walkie Talkies
Battery powered TV
Chainsaw w/extra blade
Extra fuel 5-gallon gas cans

PDF or Excel spreadsheets of Emergency Supplies for Disasters to help you with your own planning.

This post is part of a series of posts about 72-Hour Kits and supplies. Check the sidebar of my blog.



  1. Just found you blog and love it!

    Keep up the good work. Love the PDF's!!

  2. Thank you for the list. It will help the individuals during natural disasters.