An Introduction to Emergency Preparedness Kits
EmergencyKits.com offers a wide selection of Emergency Preparedness Kits that exceed the guidelines published by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The information in this guide will help you make an informed decision about choosing an emergency preparedness kit that best meets the needs of you and your family.
There are different types of emergency kits and each one is designed to help you in specific environments. For example, the Home Base Emergency Kit is designed to be used at home, where as the Home Pack Emergency Kit is better in grab-and-go situations when you plan to leave your home should disaster strike. We also have emergency kits with supplies to take care of your pets.
The emergency food and water rations in our kits are approved by the United States Coast Guard and the Canadian Transport Department. They have a 5 year shelf life and are safe for vegetarians, those allergic to nuts, and are also Kosher. They require no preparation.
Our emergency kits are suitable for use in all types of disasters including: earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tsunamis, winter storms, wildfires, landslides, extreme heat, extreme cold, and even volcanic eruptions.
FEMA recommends that you carry emergency supplies to last you and your family members a minimum of 3 days (72 hours). That's how long FEMA estimates it can take emergency response services to arrive at your location following a significant disaster. To ensure you have readily available supplies no matter where you are, FEMA recommends keeping emergency supplies at home, at work, and in your car(s).
What Type of Emergency Kit is Best for Me and My Family?
So how does one go about selecting the right emergency kit? EmergencyKits.com offers many kits from Essential Packs (our Parent Company). There are several versions including: The Home Base Emergency Kit, The Home Pack Emergency Kit, The Basic Bucket Kit, The Basic Backpack Kit, and the Homestead Ultimate Kit. To help you make an informed decision, ask yourself these questions:
- Where do my family members spend time on a regular basis (Home, Work, Cars, etc.)?
- In the event of a disaster, will I attempt to remain at home, or will I relocate? (Home Base Emergency Kit or Home Pack Emergency Kit?)
- Do I want to build my own kit, or do I want to get a complete FEMA compliant kit? (Basic Emergency Kit or FEMA Compliant Kit?)
- How many people will I need to support in the event of a disaster?
Take a look at the FEMA Emergency Kit Checklist to see how our kits align with the FEMA Guidelines.
Types of Emergency Preparedness Kits: Bucket Kits, Backpack Kits, and a Fanny Pack Kit
Bucket Kits (Home Base Emergency Kit, Basic Bucket Emergency Kit) are 5 gallon crush resistant containers with durable carrying handle designed to store all of your emergency supplies. They are extremely durable and have the best change of protecting your supplies when a disaster strikes. The bucket itself converts into a port-a-potty and comes with a snap on toilet seat (provided). Emergency Preparedness Bucket Kits provide you with the best protection when you are able to remain in your home following a disaster.
Backpacks Kits (Home Pack Emergency Kit, Basic Backpack Emergency Kit) are made of durable nylon. Backpacks are ideal when you need to move from one location to another. They are most useful in grab-and-go situations where you need to leave your home following a disaster. Backpacks Kits can be stored almost anywhere including your home, office, car, School, or RV.
Fanny Pack Kit (3 Day, 1 Day) is smaller in size and is designed to carry supplies for 1 person in the event of a disaster. It attaches around your waist and is most convenient when storage space is limited. Cars, offices, and dorm rooms are ideal places to store Fanny Pack Kits. Also consider taking a Fanny Pack Kit with you when you travel.
Emergency Preparedness Kit Versions: FEMA Compliant and Basic
FEMA Compliant Emergency Kits (Home Base Emergency Kit, Home Pack Emergency Kit, Homestead Ultimate Emergency Kit) come with a comprehensive set of supplies that exceed the FEMA guidelines. They are designed to include everything you need in the event of a disaster. Once purchased, you can essentially store this kit away for 5 Years. You and your family will sleep easier knowing that your are fully equipped should disaster strike.
Basic Emergency Kits (Basic Bucket Emergency Kit, Basic Backpack Emergency Kit) contain only essentials like food, water, emergency blankets, waterproof ponchos, and a few other items. These kits cost less than their FEMA compliant counterparts and do not contain all of the supplies you need in the event of an emergency. The assumption with these kits is that you plan to add other supplies on hand at home, and plan to add those items to this kit to make it complete.
Additional Emergency Supplies to Consider
While our kits are comprehensive and contain most of the items you need, there are additional items you will need to add to your emergency supplies:
- Additional Water - 3 Gallons Per Person (see our Emergency Water Products)
- Prescription Medications and Glasses
- Infant Formula and Diapers
- Pet Food and Extra Water for Your Pet (See our Kits for Dogs and Cats)
- Important Documents (Copies of insurance policies, bank records, etc.)
- First-Aid Book
- Fire Extinguisher
- Change of Clothing
- Local Maps
- Mobile Phone and Charger
- Personal Hygiene Items (see our Personal Hygiene Kit)
- Paper and Pencil
- Books, Games, and Puzzles for Children
At EmergencyKits.com, we take your safety seriously. Our recommendations are based on FEMA Guidelines and our experience in providing emergency preparedness kits and supplies to hundreds of thousands of people.
If after reading though our recommendations, you are still unsure about what your family need to be properly equiped, give us a call toll-free at (800) 270-2889. One of our Emergency Preparedness Specialists will be glad to listen to your situation and recommend a course of action.
For the Home
Unless you plan to supplement your kit with emergency supplies you already own, we recommend the Home Base Emergency Preparedness Kit. This kit exceeds the guidelines outlined by FEMA. In addition, you should consider some of our other specialty kits. If you have a dog and/or cats, we recommend adding one of our Pet Kits. Also, don't forget fire extinguishers for your home. We recommend 2 for each floor.
For your Car(s)
You never know where you will be when a disaster or emergency situation will occur and since we spend most of our time in or around our cars in makes sense to store supplies there. With that said, we recommend storing a Fanny Pack Kit in each of your vehicles.
Working family members spend a significant amount of their time at work. If a disaster strikes when you're working, you will need supplies. We recommend storing a Fanny Pack Kit at each of your work location. If your work location already carries emergency preparedness supplies, you may want to opt for the less expensive 1 Day Fanny Pack Kit.
All of these supplies may seem like a lot, but consider how much you spend each month on health insurance. Getting the proper kits, in the location you visit the most, will reduce anxiety, fear and give you piece of mind. In addition, losses will be reduced and you may even save the life of a loved one.