Earthquake Survival Kit List: Build Your Own

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Build Your Own Earthquake Survival Kit List:

Earthquake Survival Kit List

Earthquake survival kits are not as important as something like a winter survival kit which is much more common.

If you live in an area where freezing cold is common make sure to check this review also: Winter Survival Kit

There are people who are displaced out of their homes either temporarily or permanently after every major earthquake. These latest major earthquakes are no different. A very tough situation becomes even tougher, unless they have arranged some survival gear in an earthquake survival kit. People who still have their home in place often find that they are without electricity, water, phone, and even sewage services.

It can take days, weeks, and even months depending on the severity of the quake, before all of the services are working properly. It is an extremely stressful time for everyone in the community. Life temporarily becomes one big headache.

Constructing and possessing an earthquake survival kit before the quake happens will give you a sense of security and peace of mind. You will be relaxed that you did indeed prepare for the quake by having a kit after the quake occurs. That terrible feeling in the back of your head telling you that you have to be prepared for an earthquake is lessened or removed entirely.

Now is the time to amend the problem if you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes and you do not have an earthquake survival kit yet. You can make one yourself or you can buy a ready-made earthquake kit. To better suit their personalized needs many people like to begin with a ready-made kit and build it.

A good idea is to store the kit in large plastic bins that are clearly marked if you are going to build your own earthquake survival kit. Make sure everyone in the home knows where it is and its purpose and store it somewhere that is easy to get to.

Here are the basic earthquake survival kit items that every homes should include:

Every Kit needs water:

  • Keep it in plastic containers. Good choices are the bottles that are sold with a gallon of purified water in them already.
  • I would suggest a minimum five gallons per person in the house.
  • And also do not forget to store plenty for yours pets.
  • Rotate your water every six months if it is tap water. Distilled and purified water will store indefinitely.
  • With household liquid bleach you can purify contaminated water. Add 16 drops for each gallon and wait 30 minutes. Repeat the process if you do not smell a slight odour of bleach.
  • Solar water purification is an alternative to bleach using the SODIS method.

Food is also essential:

  • Ready to eat dehydrated food, canned foods, and freeze dried foods are all good choices. Make sure all food is non-perishable.
  • Granola bars, survival food bars, crackers, dried fruit, peanut butter and other high energy foods should be included.
  • Any special food that you’re elderly need and formula for the baby should also be included.
  • And do not forget food for your pets.

Don’t forget shelter:

  • Hopefully you will be able to still shelter in your own home however there may still be damage to the windows or different parts of the structure. Buy some waterproof vinyl or Polyethylene Tarps. With the help of those tarps you can protect your home from the elements. Tarps are also useful for catching rain water to drink.
  • To tie down the tarp Bungee Cords.
  • You need to have a tent to shelter your family or need to know how to make a shelter out of those tarps if you are not ready to stay home.
  • An alternative option to tarps is Plastic Sheeting. This stuff will seal broken windows nicely when taped down with some duct tape.

Keep in mind to include a first aid kit.

You need a good first aid kit:

  • For your home buy a good First Aid Kit. The more extensive it is the better level of treatment you can provide.
  • During any survival situation rendering first aid to the injured is critical. To learn how to treat the injured take some courses from the Red Cross or a similar organization.
  • Have smaller, basic kit for your bug out bag.
  • Realize that hospitals will be overwhelmed and that because you provided aid immediately the fastest healing will happen.

Personal Hygiene & Medication should also be in your earthquake kit:

  • Tooth brush and paste.
  • Feminine supplies.
  • Contact lens solution and extra lens. Spare pair of glasses.
  • Important medication. Rotate every 6 months.
  • Baby Aspirin. When having a heart-attack chewing one can keep you out of the grave.

Tools and other implements:

  • Duct tape.
  • Flashlights and batteries. The Fenix PD31 is a great choice.
  • A solar powered, battery, or hand crank Weather Radio.
  • Staple gun.
  • Fire starters. Have several different kinds such as waterproof lighter and matches.
  • A big wrench to turn off the water and gas.
  • I prefer carbon steel survival knives such as the Kabar Becker BK2.
  • 550 paracord.
  • A hand saw, an axe, or even a chain saw.
  • A camp shovel. The Cold Steel shovel is my personal choice.
  • A manual can opener such as a P-38.
  • A good multi tool like the Leatherman Charge TTi.
  • You may need to boil some water. A camping stove and propane.
  • Disposable camera.
  • Work gloves
  • Hammer & nails.
  • Plastic utensils Paper plates and other disposable feeding supplies.

Documents to include in your Earthquake Survival Kit:

Copies of all documents can be either digital or paper. Having both makes the most sense to me.

  • Contact list.
  • Insurance; home, auto, life, and medical.
  • Driver’s license, passports, and other identification.
  • Credit card account information.
  • Bank account information.
  • Family birth, death and marriage certificates.


  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sanitary wipes.
  • Face mask.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Poop bags to pick up after pets.
  • Plastic garbage bags with ties
  • Liquid chlorine bleach.
  • 5 gallon bucket with a lid. Make sure that you mark it for sanitation since it will be used for a toilet. Small trash bags used as liners make cleanup easy. The Lug gable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toiletis inexpensive and works perfectly.

Clothing and Sleeping gear:

  • Sturdy clothes shoes and boots. An Earthquake, in its wake will leave all kinds of sharp items.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Rain ponchos.


  • $200 cash. When the power is off you can’t utilize your credit cards.
  • Deck of cards or anything else to fight boredom
  • And anything else that you think is important.

You will find that earthquake survival kit is very rewarding when building and maintaining your homes. This earthquake survival kit list will obviously work for other disasters kits too. To get you started on your own I am sure that I gave you enough ideas. By doing this for your family you will realize that they have a much better chance of surviving. Hopefully you will never need to use it, however if you do you will be glad you have it.


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