Be Prepared: Disaster Kit

Be Prepared: Disaster Kit

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Emergencies or disasters such as hurricane and earthquakes are inevitable in the modern day world. Thus, individuals must have a high level of preparedness if they are to cope with the associated harsh effects of these phenomena. The following items are the required emergency supplies that one must include in a disaster kit to indicate a high level of preparedness.


Given the importance of water in the body, and its sanitation purposes, adequate water supply is necessary. In this case, one gallon of water per person per day is the estimate for guiding one on the amount of water to carry (Stewart, 2012).


The befitting type of foods for disasters is the non-perishable ones, whose preservation is through canning. The minimum amount of non-perishable food to include in a disaster kit is one that can last for at least three days ( Davidson, & Singh, 2017).

Clothing and Bedding

One must have the weather of the current environment in mind when deciding the type of clothing and bedding to include in the kit. An environment characterized with cold weather must consider how to keep warm. As such, the clothing and bedding should include a jacket/coat, long pants, hat and gloves, long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes as well as a sleeping bag(Veenema, 2013).

Personal Effects

The personal effects mainly enable individuals to maintain hygiene standards. They include personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, paper towels and feminine supplies for women (Stewart, 2012).

Special Items

In this category, one must incorporate certain items in the kit that will come handy during the disaster. Such items may include but not limited to:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain gear
  • Tent
  • Infant formula and diapers for mothers with infants
  • Flashlights and extra batteries (Veenema, 2013)






Davidson, J., & Singh, D. (2017) Disaster Management – How to Survive in a Famine & Other Man-Made& Natural Catastrophes. JD-Biz Publishing.

Stewart, C. (2012). Build the perfect bug out bag: Your 72-hour disaster survival kit. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books.

Veenema, T. G. (2013). Disaster nursing and emergency preparedness for chemical, biological, and radiological terrorism and other hazards.New York : Springer Publishing Company

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