25 Emergency Items You Need

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Today it’s all about 25 emergency items you need. Emergencies, a majority of the time, happens when you least expect it and if you’re not prepared for it, your family could pay for it with their lives. This is why you need to be stocking up on a number of emergency supplies to ensure their safety. Some of the items on this list may be ones that you’ve never used or even thought about owning before. They would certainly be useful to you during a crisis. In case you missed my post, Urban Survival Class: How to Make a Bug Out Lanyard

25 Emergency Items You Need

25 Emergency Items You Need

1. Water Containers

Having enough drinking water should be one of your first concerns when it comes to preparing for an emergency. Make sure that you have plenty of filled containers already set aside, and also others that you can use to add to your supply. I love the WaterBricks shown below. These hold 3.5-gallons of water and weigh about 27 pounds when filled. I use Water Preserver in these so I only have to rotate the water every 5 years. I use a 1/2 teaspoon Water Preserver in each WaterBrick (the 3.5-gallon size). You can stack them, and or put them under beds. They also have a Water Spigot available (see picture below) for purchase, separately.

25 Emergency Items You Need

2. Water Filter/Purifier 

If the tap water that’s coming out of your faucet is no longer dependable, what would you do? I’d encourage you to get a water purifier not only for your home but also a portable water filter in case you’re forced from your home. That way your family will be able to drink the water that comes directly from most any water source. Berkey Sports Bottle (BLUE bottle below)

25 Emergency Items You Need

3. Firewood/Charcoal/Propane/Butane

You will be needing firewood for warmth and cooking purposes. If you have the space to do so, start storing your chopped firewood as soon as you can. Sometimes people ask me how much emergency fuel they need to store. Here’s the deal, you can get by with “cooking” one meal a day. If you feel you need two to three meals a day you will need more fuel, obviously. We will need that fuel to boil water so we can wash dishes, if nothing else, just the pans and serving utensils. I keep six tanks of propane stored at all times. I can use it with my CampChef stove/oven, my BBQ, and my 2 burner propane stove.

We will have to be careful with the amount of fuel we use so we don’t go through too much fuel too quickly. I have enough different types of fuel to last me well over a year to cook meals. Now, if my neighbors need help with cooking because they didn’t plan for any emergency, my fuel will go much faster.

This is why it’s critical we meet with neighbors to confirm everyone is preparing. Most are not, so be prepared for that, if you feel comfortable with sharing. Here’s a picture of my charcoal briquettes without starter fluid, oak hardwood charcoal, pinecones, and raw wood.

25 Emergency Items You Need

I also purchased wash sinks, so I can discard the water outside should our sewer lines become backed up or shut off completely. It’s all about making plans for the unexpected. These are the “sinks” I have shown below. If you have buckets, those will work. Lindy’s 12-Quart Stainless Steel Flat Bottom Dish Pan

25 Emergency Items You Need

4. Flashlight w/batteries/Solar Flashlights/Lanterns 

Don’t leave your family fumbling around in the dark. Make sure that you have several extra flashlights on-hand and also a stockpile of batteries to hold you over. I have flashlights with batteries, but I have several solar flashlights too. Lanterns with batteries or solar ones are awesome.

5. Gas Containers 

You will be needing a stockpile of gas for your generator, vehicles, cooking purposes, and several other reasons. 

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6. Knife and Knife Sharpener 

Knives can be used to butcher meat, chop fruits and vegetables, and to cut rope if you need to. Yet a knife will become useless once it’s become dull, so don’t forget to have a knife sharpener as well. 

7. Outdoor Cooking Method 

If your electricity has gone out and you’re not able to use your stove for cooking, you’ll have to come up with another solution for preparing your meals. You may have a charcoal or propane grill in your backyard that you can use in the meantime, but when your situation is dire and you have to bug-out, a camp stove or Kelly Kettle Stove may be necessary. This is a Kelly Kettle below. It uses pine cones, twigs, and dry leaves for fuel. It can heat a pan of soup or boil water in minutes.

Kelly Kettle

8. Cast Iron

When you’re forced to leave your home, you’ll need skillets and pans that you can cook in. Your current kitchen cookware won’t hold up as well over a roaring outdoor fire. I’d encourage you to spend a little extra and get something that’s durable, like cast iron. Here are more reasons why you need to have cast iron for your outdoor cooking purposes. I wish everyone could have a 6-quart Dutch Oven. If you have a Dutch oven and charcoal, with matches you can cook just about anything, and boil water as well.

9. Fishing Gear 

For those of you who live near a body of water, there’s a good chance that it may be teeming with fish. Knowing the basics of fishing, and having the right fishing gear will provide you and your family with another meal solution. 

10. Seeds 

Having an abundance of seeds will provide your family with fruits and vegetables if you were to ever wake up one day and the grocery store was no longer an option.  In case you missed my post, Best Vegetables to Grow in Pots. I’m still growing lettuce, spinach, and cilantro outside. They have survived several freezing nights with the row covers. This is where I buy all of my garden seeds: SeedsNow

Plant a garden

11. Garden Tools/Gloves

Okay, so you got your seeds you’re going to grow, but now you’re going to need the gardening tools to see those vegetable crops all the way to harvest. 

12. Canning Supplies/Dehydrator 

Without being able to go to the grocery store following a major crisis, you will have a garden to fall back on, but that may not an option during the winter. You will need something where you can store your harvested food. That way it’s preserved for a longer period of time. We all know how hard canning supplies have been to come by. I keep hearing Ball/Kerr (Jarmin) are ramping up their supplies. Be careful with fraudulent canning lids, there’s nothing worse than having bad canning lids. Please make sure you are buying them from reputable companies.

Please watch for a dehydrator to dehydrate your harvest when your budget allows. It’s easy to use, and fruit slices that are dehydrated make great snacks! Dehydrating apples is easy, How To Dehydrate Apples

13. Ax

Even if you’ve never swung an ax before, you’ll be needing an ax to chop down and split some firewood. 

14. Tarps

Tarps can be used to cover your supplies from the elements, to drag heavier objects, and also as a handy shelter. 

15. Duct Tape

Duct tape could very well be what saves the day for your family during a crisis. It’s great for repairing things and also to make something that would benefit your family during an emergency. 

16. Portable Mattresses/Blankets 

Your situation may already be bad enough as it is, and sleeping on the ground outdoors will only leave you feeling worse. Be sure to have portable mattresses on-hand, whether it’s a blowup mattress or a few cots. Don’t forget some blankets to help stay warm.  

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17. Sleeping Bags 

Even during the summer, it can get fairly cool at night when you’re sleeping underneath the stars. You’ll want to spend a little extra to invest in good quality sleeping bags that will keep your family warm at night. 

18. Portable Toilets 

After the power has gone out and you no longer have a way to flush the toilet, your bathroom throne will be useless. You’ll want to have a portable toilet or a composting toilet that you can use. 

19. Fire Extinguisher 

Fires don’t happen too often, but the chances of having one really increase when you’re using an outdoor fire every day to prepare meals. In case you’re wondering about fire extinguishers, this may help you choose the one you need. FIRE Extinguisher. I have this one: First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Professional Fire Extinguisher, Red, 10 lb, PRO10

Here are some interesting facts about regular fire extinguishers we have at home, in the garage, or in the car. All fire extinguishers are labeled with certain information to help identify which classification of fuel the extinguisher will be effective:

1. Class A Fires: Ordinary combustibles like paper, cloth, wood, rubber, and many plastics.

2. Class B Fires: Flammable liquids like oil, and gasoline, charcoal lighter, kerosene.

3. Class C Fires: Energized electrical equipment like wiring or motors. Once the electricity to those is turned off they become a Class A.

4. Class D Fires: Combustible metals like aluminum, magnesium, or titanium.

So when you purchase a fire extinguisher it is extremely important to identify the type of fuel igniting the fire that you suspect would be most common so you can select the correct extinguisher you think may be best for your personal situation to do the job correctly.

20. Rat Poison 

Following a major crisis, rats and rodents would be lingering everywhere. Rat poison is a great way to keep them out of your home if this happens. 

21. Bug Spray 

Like rodents, bugs (flies, cockroaches, etc.) would also be an issue when you’re living in a world with unsanitary conditions. A stockpile of canned bug spray would help prevent a bug infestation from happening.    

22. Candles w/matches 

The batteries in your flashlights will eventually start to run low. Although candles are a bit more dangerous inside a home, they may be your only option if your situation doesn’t improve. 

23. Generator 

Generators are nice to have to keep your lights and appliances working when you’ve lost your electricity. If you have a good one, it can be hooked up to your home to keep the heat or the A/C unit working, not to mention, help keep everyone in your family from going crazy from the temperatures they aren’t used to. 

24. Flare Gun

Should a hurricane strike your area and the massive flooding forces your family out onto the roof of your home, shooting off a flare gun may get the rescue crew’s attention. 

25. Whistle 

If you’re ever trapped beneath the rubble of your house and you heard an emergency crew nearby, you’ll be glad you had a whistle with you. Something heavy against your body may hinder you from calling out, or your voice might become hoarse from yelling out for an extended period.  The Best Emergency Whistles

Final Word

This is a list of 25 emergency items that every prepper should have, though it’s not an exhaustive list. Food, water, a first-aid kit, baby needs, hygiene, and feminine products are other items that you will need to consider. What are some other items that would be essential during an emergency? What are some emergency items you’ve found you need based on your own experience(s)? Please be prepared before you need to be. May God Bless this world, Linda

24 thoughts on “25 Emergency Items You Need

  • March 4, 2021 at 8:56 am
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    Nice article. Good common-sense checklist. But, regarding Item #22 Candles, a few years back I would have agreed with you: “They may be your only option.” I’ve discovered that’s not really true. Olive oil lamps (lamps that burn vegetable oil) date to biblical times. Easy to make and they work. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KB7F9SU/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

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    • March 4, 2021 at 11:00 am
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      Hi Ron, thank you again for the reminder on these olive oil lamps!! Thanks for the link, you are awesome! Linda

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      • March 4, 2021 at 6:59 pm
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        Thanks, Linda. You’re pretty awesome yourself. As a side note, I have long believed that knowledge and skills are more valuable than “things” in a survival situation. Knowing how to darn socks, grade coins, change a tire, grow potatoes, and start a fire will leave you in a better position than a pocket full of silver coins. For one thing, you can carry SKILLS across international borders without fear of confiscation. “Do you have anything to declare?” And you answer, “Yes. I know how to sharpen a chainsaw blade, deliver a baby, saddle a horse, and Morse code.” GOOD ANSWER!

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        • March 4, 2021 at 7:06 pm
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          Hi Ron, oh my gosh, your comment is the best ever!!!!! I would love to stand in line and be asked that very question!!! Oh the joy that would bring me! I LOVE your comment! Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 9:22 am
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    I so much agree on being prepared…my neighbors and I have got together over the past few years and came up with a small middle of the road plan for being prepared…and there is no better feeling than knowing that you are somewhat ready…a couple of things we all have are….Throw Away lighters…Strike anywhere matches…plastic tarps…butane cookers (very inexpensive) extra butane fuel…extra propane with a portable propane stove….we also recently found Happy Yak freeze dried food…sugar and rice..soy sauce…everyone should be looking at items that have no expiration date…White Rice…Salt and Sugar…Dried Beans and Lentils stored in Mylar Bags with Oxygen Absorbers…Beans and Rice are almost a perfect meal…being prepared makes this country stronger and the individual family stronger …good luck out there..

    Tom

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    • March 4, 2021 at 11:03 am
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      Hi Tom, I love hearing you have gotten together with neighbors! Having a team of sorts will help all involved. You are so right about the rice and beans, they make a great meal! I need to look at that brand Happy Yak, thanks for telling me about that company. Being prepared does indeed make us all stronger, we all need it! Thank you, Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 9:49 am
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    Sun tan lotion is one i keep forgetting to pick up. But this list is good, I’ve added a couple things … like duct tape and bug spray. In northern WI ticks are bad 7 months out of the year.

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    • March 4, 2021 at 11:06 am
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      Hi Jerilea, that’s a great reminder about the tick spray!! Thank you, Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 10:37 am
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    Watch out for rat poison. A few years ago we had a couple of our kitties die along with their kittens because they had eaten some mice that they found that I had used the poison on. I had missed picking up the rodents and the cats ate them. Lesson learned. Just be careful. I stopped using poisons like that after that.

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  • March 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm
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    I have oil lamps and oil for them. I have also made them out of a cold coffee bottle, some metal things I forgot the name of and some strings from a cotton mop. I’ve used all types of oil in them coconut, and olive oil. I also make candles in jars or cans. I got some wooden wicks from Amazon and holders for the can ones. I just used a clean metal veggie can. I will be saving some tuna and canned chicken cans to make shorter ones. I have soy wax and bees wax that I use for candle making. I love making things like that. And soap. And mixes and seasonings.

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    • March 4, 2021 at 4:58 pm
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      Hi Deborah, dang I wish we were neighbors! We could make candles and soap together!! And mixes and seasonings!! Linda

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      • March 5, 2021 at 6:59 am
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        Yes Linda! You just need to move on down here to East Texas! LOL I’ve even made my Chai Tea Latte mix. It’s really good. I’ve made taco seasoning and onion soup mix. I love making them and using them. I know what goes into them. And no preservatives. One place I get recipes for these is Budget101.com

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        • March 5, 2021 at 9:29 am
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          Hi Deborah, oh, thank you for this tip! I love it! I will go check out that website! Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm
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    The mouse and rat poison you used to be able to get has been phased out and a very VERY poor substitute has taken its place. The mouse or rat has to eat a lot of it before it kills it. The old stuff made them thirsty and they took off for water sources to die. Evidently pets had gotten into the old poison and made them sick (or worse). It’s a trade off, I suppose…no one wants pets to be injured. It could be the old fashioned mouse and rat trap might be the best solution until someone builds the better mouse trap.

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    • March 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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      HI Debbie, that’s interesting, thanks for the update. I use mouse traps and rat traps. It’s awful when these rodents get into my garden!! Darn those critters! Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 4:20 pm
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    Concerning rat poison- Birds of prey can be killed by eating poisoned rodents, which can get out to be eaten before the poison gets to them. If we are in a SHTF situation, we will want to keep our ecosystem as intact as possible, lest we end up with an even bigger infestation of rodents.

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    • March 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm
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      Hi Meleah, great point on the poisoned rodents. I use traps, they love to visit my garden. Thank you! Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 6:49 pm
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    I know many will react to this by saying “no way! I’d rather have mice”. Years ago when I was single and in college, I worked summers as a naturalist in a state park. I was able to live in a cabin in the park. The last person who lived in the cabin had left groceries in the kitchen cabinets and the cabin had a major mouse infestation. I bought some snap traps and set 8 of them before I went to bed. About 10 minutes later, the traps started going off and I had trapped 8 mice. I reset the traps and went to bed. 10 minutes later and 8 more mice. I knew I needed to get something that was less work and quieter. I talked to the two rangers who worked with the maintance crews and asked them if they found a black rat snake if they could catch it and release it behind my cabin. Around noon, they came back and said they released 2 black rat snakes behind my cabin. I never saw another mouse and never saw the snakes.

    The snap traps are best for catching mice without endangering pets or wildlife in the area. A little more work and you do have to touch the critters.

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    • March 4, 2021 at 7:08 pm
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      Hi Topaz, I can almost hear the clicking of the mouse traps! Oh my gosh, the groceries in the cabin, oh my gosh! What a mess! The two black rat snakes is the best story ever! Thanks for sharing! Linda

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  • March 5, 2021 at 3:49 am
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    Our NW Florida home was built in the 1920’s of heart pine tongue & groove 2×6 lumber, built off ground on pier & beams. We periodically get rodents. Usually just mice that we catch with the large sticky traps.
    This year squirrels ate into the laundry room, at a point where the house roof overlapped the laundry room roof. Drove the squirrels out with lemongrass essential oil. Husband was able to repair the roof damage over several days. But we had a pack of rats get into the laundry room before the repairs were completed. The snap traps worked very well. We finally got the last one by baiting with liverwurst & sunflower seeds.

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    • March 5, 2021 at 4:57 am
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      Hi BDN, oh, those little rodents! You know those critters are such a nuisance, they can get in places we least expect it!! I love hearing about lemongrass essential oil helping. This is so funny, I grew up on liverwurst sandwiches! I haven’t heard that word for years!! Those rodents have good taste, liverwurst, and sunflowers. Thanks for sharing, I love it! Linda

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    • March 5, 2021 at 7:08 am
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      We had squirrels in our attic before we moved here. They chew their way in. And then love to chew on wires. We were lucky we had no house fire. Hubby put mouse poison in the attic and it dehydrated them. He did fix the hole first. We also had a raccoon in the wall between two rooms. It finally got out. It was almost funny. We did have a rat in the house. I was in the bathroom and saw it. I climbed on the vanity and called my husband. He came in and stomped it. That was pretty scary. I’d never seen a rat before. Oh, he fixed the place they were getting in.

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  • March 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm
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    You mentioned water I can’t agree more. When we had that cold snap at the end of February and it
    froze everything. My water pipes froze for a week. I was able to keep going because of the water I had stored. I sat back one day and looked and I always thought I had alot of water but once you start using it and making sure your animals have water it goes fast. I now know that it may look like alot but really it isn’t. I have to save more. I am glad I had bottled water to drink so I could keep the water I saved for
    use in other ways.

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    • March 5, 2021 at 6:29 pm
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      Hi June, you are so right, we think we may have a lot of water, but we can always use more! Frozen pipes for a week, yikes!!!Linda

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