Updated April 1, 2017 . AmFam Team
Just because natural disasters are unpredictable doesn’t mean you can’t be ready for them. If you face an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for a number of days. And one of the best ways to proactively prepare for the unexpected is to spend time putting together your own natural disaster survival kit.
Having food, water and other supplies stored away in the event of a disaster can help your family get through a tough time. Take a look at our list of essentials to create your own emergency survival kit.
No matter where you live or what type of natural disaster may be common to your area, include these basic supplies for your survival kit:
You may need other important items for your kit depending on your unique needs. Take a look at the following items and determine which additional supplies you should add:
Now that you know which items are necessary to assemble your kit, make sure you’re doing what you can to store them securely. The items won’t do you much good if they’re inaccessible or unusable after the disaster.
Keep the items in airtight plastic bags or waterproof bags. Then store the bags in plastic bins. Place them where you have room, but the most important thing is to store them in a place where they’re secure and won’t fall. Keep the kit in a designated place where your entire family can access it.
Having a kit ready for your home is important, but if you live in areas prone to earthquakes or other natural disasters, consider building a survival kit for your car and one for work. You never know when or where disaster will strike, but you’ll gain peace of mind knowing you took steps to prepare.
Don’t forget — one of the best ways to prepare for the unexpected is talking with your American Family Insurance agent (Opens in a new tab). From earthquake and flood insurance to having the right homeowners and car insurance in place, your agent will help ensure you have the customized coverage you need.