Last Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016

12 items that must be included in your natural disaster survival kit

A natural disaster is a sudden natural event triggered by environmental factor which can cause loss of life or property damage.

Earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, fires etc are some of the common natural disasters worldwide that have claimed several lives causing huge economic losses.

It's important to know how we can prepare for natural disasters with proper emergency preparedness plan for less natural disasters damage.

We have developed several natural disasters early warning system which provides warnings of natural disasters before they impact people and property. However, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, we are still quite poor at preparing for these natural disasters.

An emergency kit is essential for short term survival  to prepare for, survive and cope with consequences of natural hazards.

According to the emergency preparedness guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a basic natural disaster emergency kit could include the following twelve recommended items:
  1. Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries
  5. First aid kit
  6. Whistle to signal for help
  7. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  10. Manual can opener for food
  11. Local maps
  12. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger