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Not only can a hurricane or a tornado devastate an area, but, often, the after affects will linger.

There may be times when emergency responders cannot reach your area, so being prepared should be your number one priority.

You may have sought information about surviving natural disasters, but haven’t put anything into practice.

The goal of this article is to show you how to choose the right survival kit for your situation.

There is much to consider, especially for those that aren’t sure what to include with their survivalist gear.

A full list of our Survival Kits can be found here:


In the United States, there are many forms of natural disasters, so finding out the most common ones in your area will help you choose the right survival kit for your situation.

The following is a list of the most common natural disasters in the United States.

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Survival kits should last you at least 72 hours.

This is the most critical time after a disaster strikes to have everything you need to outlast the disaster.

So, having everything you need will go a long way towards you successfully making it through the disaster.

Though you might think you have everything you need, it never hurts to double check your own survival kits.

Here are the items you should have in your survival kit.

Emergency Food and Water

Making sure you have enough food and water to last you at least 72 hours will go a long way towards keeping you well.

They are the two most essential parts of your survival kit, so maintaining your survival kit is key to preparation.

It’s important to note that bottled water can last for up to two years and canned food up to five years.

You can tell when you have good quality emergency food because it will be U.S. Coast Guard Approved and has the expiration date stamped on the container.

You should check the food out once a year to make sure it is still good to consume.

You don’t want to get sick after a natural disaster hits because you ate expired food.

Emergency Lighting

Lights are necessary – and you can use anything that produces light.

Candles can be ideal because they won’t go bad.

Flashlights are easier to use, but you will need to check them annually to make sure the batteries are still working.

You can find candles available that last up to 30 hours, while using a flashlight that has replaceable batteries to make sure you’re prepared if you lose power.

Make sure you have waterproof matches as well so you can light the candles.

Emergency Communication

When a natural disaster strikes, chances are good that you are going to lose power, and, with that, a way to contact others.

Though our cell phones do a good job of providing location information, the technology is still susceptible to natural disasters.

Using a CB radio, AM/FM radio, or another radio will keep you updated with what is going on in your area.

You should make sure the radio is battery operated, or uses solar power to work.

This way, you can stay on top of what is going on outside, and know if (or when) it is safe to leave your home.

Emergency Sleeping Bag

Though a camping sleeping bag will suffice, they are not completely waterproof and can leave you cold.

Using a “space blanket” is the best way to ensure your body stays warm.

They cover your body completely, and ensure your body heat stays inside the blanket.

You can combine the two items to make sure you stay warm, especially if the weather is cold.

Also, getting a 16-hour body warmer is a good idea since it will help you stay warm if you’re trapped in the cold.


Survival Tools

Make sure you have all the tools you will need to make it through a natural disaster.

You should include a 16-function knife, dust mask, and nylon rope.

The knife’s utility provides everything you need to open cans, cut material, as well as essential functions you need to make it through a disaster.

A dust mask will ensure you’re not breathing in any dust particles that can create long term health problems.

You will have endless possibilities with nylon rope, including a clothes line, anchoring tarps, and other uses.

Having these essential tools allow you to do more with less, which is what you want when natural disasters happen.

Emergency First Aid Kits

You should include a first aid kit in your survival kit.

They can provide excellent protection against diseases, allow you to treat wounds, and have everything you need to prevent infections.

A basic first aid kit should have gauze pads, antibacterial ointment, pain relievers, bandages, and other common emergency items you can use.

Hand sanitizer and gloves will allow you to treat wounds without the fear of spreading infections.

Most first aid kits will have everything you need to make sure someone can be taken care of if they are injured during or after a natural disaster.

Miscellaneous Emergency & Survival Items

There may be some other items you will need to consider putting into your survival kit.

Things like a deck of cards, or books will help stave off boredom, especially if you are stuck for more than 72 hours.

Though you may not need these things if you’re looking to store the bare minimum, having them will help in the long run.

Think of some other items to keep in your survival kit to make sure you’re prepared for the long haul.

Though being stuck for more than 72 hours is a worst-case scenario, these items will help you stay mentally fit.



Natural disasters can be frightening, devastating, and cause a lot of damage.

There are many ways a natural disaster will strike, so being prepared is the best way to make it through one.

Considering the amount of extreme weather we have seen in the last decade, it’s not crazy to think they could become worse with time.

It’s good to have a survival kit to help you make it through a natural disaster relatively unscathed.

Knowing you have the proper items to get through it will go a long way towards keeping you ready for whatever happens.

Again, check your survival kit at least once a year to make sure it is ready to go.



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