Here’s my list of 25 things you need for the next disaster that may come your way. These are the bare minimum items, but you can survive for some time during or after the disaster depending on the amount of water and food you have stored.
I live in Southern Utah, and like it is in most places, it’s pretty clear we are going to have an unforeseen disaster or emergency sooner than later. If you watch the news on television or read anything online about what’s going on in the world, you know we must be prepared for a disaster, whether it’s sooner or later.
I’m not a doomsday prepper, but we must be prepared for the next disaster or general emergency.
I have a printable list for an everyday carry bag below. Today it’s all about preparing for a disaster. We all have budgets that we must adhere to, and I get that, believe me. Start with water and food and add to your emergency stash as time, money and individual/family needs are met.
We must take care of ourselves because the government can’t take care of everyone. Please learn skills you can use to trade for food and water. Trust me, the day is coming sooner than later. It doesn’t matter where we live, we must be prepared for the unexpected.
The Next Disaster:
- Water: by now you know how I feel about water. I strongly suggest four gallons of water per person per day. I disagree with The American Red Cross, my mouth is dry just thinking about only one gallon per person per day that they recommend. Check out page seven in their brochure below.
- Water filter
- Important documents in a good zippered binder
- Contact names, phone numbers, email addresses of people you need to touch base with by texting, emailing, etc.
- Pictures of your family and pets (at least two of each, one to post on the evacuation/and or lost wall and one to keep)
- Flashlights, please get the solar ones if you can: Goal Zero Solar Flashlight
- Radio: preferably one with the NOAA weather station available (sorry, I can’t recommend one-I have returned every radio I have tried)
- Something to charge your cell phones or laptops (so you can see what is going on around you and in other areas of the state and country)
- Emergency Stove and fuel: I bought butane stoves for myself and my four daughters with fuel canisters
- The Volcano Grill is great because it uses wood, charcoal, lump coal or propane: Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove
- Sun Oven: if you have sun rays you can cook anything in this oven that you can bake in your conventional oven (if the pan fits and is not shiny)
- Emergency toilet, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, kitty litter and garbage bags (lots of them)
- Emergency washing machine: Emergency Washing Machine by Food Storage Moms
- First aid kit: First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable
- Emergency kitchen items: Mobile-Portable-Kitchen-by-Food-Storage-Moms 2016
- 72-hour kits or bug outs are only a start of what you need: FSM 72-hour kit adults
- 72-hour kits for children: FSM 72-hour kit children
- 72-hour kits for your pets that you can transport: FSM 72-hour kit pets
- Small bills: one and five dollar bills (banks and their AYM’s probably won’t be working, along with other digital readers, point of sale machines you use every day to buy groceries, gas, and other items)
- Tools/knife: Multi-Use Knife
- Shelter to protect you and your family from heat and cold (extreme weather)
One of the most important things, although there are many, is to have access to an EDC bag. It’s an everyday carry bag you carry with you almost like a diaper bag, day in and day out. Or a large purse, my favorite is this one: Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack, Black Now, here’s the deal, everyone will have their own items they will need to carry, this list is just a start.
Items I carry in my everyday carry bag:
- Multi-tool knife: you can use these for so many things
- Hand sanitizer: keep my hands clean from bacteria
- Mirror: if stranded I can flash this to help people find me
- Compass: if stranded I can at least know the direction I am heading
- Whistle: I like the ones that are extremely loud to alert other people
- Small bills and coins for emergency cash if the power goes down
- Water bottle (with a filter)
- Lip gloss/lip balm
- Small first aid kit
- Duct tape (small rolls now available)
- Seatbelt cutter
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Pen and small paper tablet
- Folding knife: for protection or other uses
- USB charger for phones and tablets
- Aspirin and Benadryl
- Pepper spray
- Black sharpie
Here is a printable to get you started: Everyday Carry Bag Printable. Now, remember, this list is just a to get you started, you may have an emergency car bag in your vehicles with additional items. I wouldn’t be carrying an ax around in my EDC bag, just giving you the heads up here. I do have one in my car, though. Please let me know any items you would add to this list. I love your ideas!
Other EDC Items To Consider:
- Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency
- Battery/crank powered portable radio/extra batteries
- Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED
- Compass and maps; not everyone has a GPS in their car or on their phones
- Can of motor oil
- Fire Extinguisher(5 pound ABC type)
- Flares and/or orange cones
- Jumper cables
- Rags/paper towels
- Tire gauge
- Window scraper for ice
Necessities for survival:
- Water/Granola bars/Jerky
- Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
- First Aid Kit
- Baby Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
- Emergency snack food and/or MRE meals (items may need to be replaced more frequently if stored in extreme heat conditions)
- Hand warmers
- Extra blankets
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, like the next disaster. May God bless you for your efforts. We must take care of ourselves, that’s a fact of life.
Please remember my book is available: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation