Put Together a Custom-Built Earthquake Survival Kit

Growing up in Los Angeles, and having experienced the Northridge earthquake in ’94, I have first-hand experience on what to expect when the unexpected happens. Recently, I wanted to update my Earthquake Survival Kit. I went on Amazon to see what they had in store. Needless to say, I was not impressed with their selection, it really seemed like a Fisher Price Kids version of what I was expecting an Earthquake Survival Kit to be.

The price of the kits also lead me to believe you could build out your own pack at a lesser price while surpassing the quality of the products included in a generic kit.

Even if you don’t live in Earthquake country, this is a nice kit to build out when encountering natural disasters, civil unrest and generally being prepared.

Keep in mind there will be some supplies in the kit you’ll have to periodically update or replenish as they’ll expire, along with maintaining batteries and making sure things stay in good working order.

With that said, let’s jump into the specifics!

Essentials

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EMT First Responder Trauma Bag

Most generic survival kits come in a tiny backpack fit for a 9 year old. Along with not inspiring confidence in an emergency situation, you also won’t be able to fit many of the supplies you end up with. Get a bag that means business.
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First Aid Kit

No survival pack is complete without a First Aid Kit. This sucker is a kit unto itself with almost 300 pieces of physician-recommended supplies. With medicine, antiseptics, bandages, injury treatments, and more, it’s definitely one of the first things you’ll want to get.

Power & Communication

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Kaito KA500 Emergency Radio, Hand-Crank & Solar Charger

This hand-crank / solar-powered radio will keep you informed of the situation when the power is out. Along with a flashlight, reading lamp & USB cell-phone charger it’s another necessary addition to the pack.
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Kaito AD500 AC Adapter for Kaito Voyager Series Radios

If the power is on, getting the AC Adapter for the Kaito Emergency Radio will be a good companion as a first-line before resorting to the hand-crank or solar-power. It’s also a nice generic, low-cost power adaptor for keeping electronics charged through your radio.

Water

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DATREX Emergency Water Pouches

Potable water can become an issue quickly in unexpected dire situations, these water pouches can be easily stored in a kitchen cupboard and last for 5 years. Give yourself some peace of mind knowing you and your family will have plenty of H20 to spare.
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Potable Water Purification Tablets

Water pouches are great, but it is a finite resource, make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink in 30 minutes with these water purification tablets. Also a great complement to water filters.
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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

If you’re out & about and need to make questionable water suitable to drink on the spot, this lifestraw water filter is a godsend. No shelf life, this product can be stored indefinitely, even after use. Definitely recommended.

Food

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Grizzly Gear Emergency Food Rations

These Grizzly Gear emergency food rations pack a punch with 9 pre-measured 400 calorie bars to last one person up to 3 days. Get one for each member of the family and replenish every 5 years to cross short-term food off your list.
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Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food Storage Supply

If things get hairy for a little while longer, storing this emergency food pail underneath your kitchen sink will keep you and your family at-ease with a 20 year shelf-life. Simply add water for a 30-day food supply.

Tools

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Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool

This sleek, sturdy multi-tool comes with 12 convenient tools that will quickly prove indispensable when it’s called upon. Strong yet lightweight, the Suspension Multi-Plier offers the durability of stainless steel construction.
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Folding Landscaping Hand Saw

You’ll never know when a hand saw will come in handy. From sawing branches to build a fire, to cutting through vegetation, this compact, folding saw doesn’t take up much room, and will be a nice addition to the pack.

Fire-Starters

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Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case

These windproof & waterproof matches are another essential addition to the kit, and will even survive and relight after being dropped in a puddle or dirt while burning.
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Magnesium Fire-Starter with Compass & Whistle

Another compact & useful tool for the kit is a Spark Magnesium Firestarter with a Compass & Whistle. Will strike up to 15,000 times to make a fire. A no brainer addition to the kit.

Covers

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Thermal Blankets

Keeping warm & dry is a high-priority after everyone is deemed safe & healthy. These 10-pack of Thermal blankets will maintain 90% of body heat during disasters. Comes in a small & compact package.
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Emergency Rain Poncho

Keeping dry in inclement weather is essential to keep healthy in a stressful situation. These 5-packs with a hood make it convenient to travel around while keeping nimble.
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Home Dust Mask

Typically a fair-amount of dust will be in the air during a treacherous situation, and having a 5-pack of dust masks handy make these a great choice for respiratory protection.

Sheltering

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Plastic Sheeting Drop-Cloth

Sometimes you may need to tarp up a hole in the roof, or protect yourself from the elements in an unexpected situation. Also great for having around the house.
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All-Purpose Duct Tape

Great in combination with the plastic sheeting. Also has limitless uses for fixing things around the house and generally a good idea to keep in a kit.

Miscellaneous

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Red SnapLight Glow Sticks

Aside from the obligatory rave joke, these glow sticks are a cornerstone of emergency preparedness. These lights provide bright, reliable, 360 degree illumination for up to 12 hours. Guaranteed 5-year shelf life, and individually foil-wrapped, they can be safely stored without harm to the stick or components.
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Stackable Outdoor Camping Pots

Most people have cans of food in their kitchen cupboard and can be easily thrown into a bag if needing to evacuate quickly. However, grabbing a small pot will likely not be on your list. These stackable camping pots are super compact and great to have in your kit if the going gets tough. Also great to use if hiking or at the beach.
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Lockdown Toilet Bucket Kit

Last, but definitely not least. We’ll all need a place to relieve ourselves if the water & toilets aren’t in good working order. Make sure you have the necessary supplies. The bucket is stocked with hygiene & toilet provisions for up to four people. This seems like a trivial purchase, but you’ll be glad to have it around when “the need” arises.