Many emergency preparedness enthusiasts prefer DIY survival gear over pre-packaged disaster kits. This option can be more expensive, but it also allows for personal quality checking and customization. If you are a do-it-yourself prepper, here is a doomsday prepping checklist to make sure you have things covered. Stock at least three days worth of prepping supplies per person, though 15 days is recommended.
Buy Survival Food Supplies
- Multi – Purpose Survival Shovel
- Matches in waterproof container
- Charcoal (20 lbs. per person) and a charcoal lighter (store charcoal and lighter in waterproof container)
- Camp stove and fuel, grill or fire pit (you can make your own fire pit by digging a hole, lining with foil and cooking on an oven grate)
- Large pots and pans with lids.
- Metal coffee pot.
- Two pairs of channel-lock pliers.
- Oven mitts
- Can Opener
- Aluminum foil
- Heavy-duty 30-gallon plastic garbage bags and twist ties
- Ziploc bags
- Paper towels and/or napkins, paper plates, plastic utensils.
- Canned food. Buy a minimum three cans of food per person per day. (At least 3 days, preferably 15)
- Multi-vitamins and dietary supplements
- Coffee, tea, cocoa, powdered milk, powdered juice mix, etc.
- Ball-point pen, labels, notepad and tape
- Soap. An antibacterial liquid surgical scrub like Betadine
is recommended. It would also be a good idea to have a supply of waterless hand santitizer and wipes in case water is extremely scarce after the quake. (Ex. Purell and Wet Ones)
- SunShower with hose, nozzle, and shut-off valve for washing hands.
- Small bucket or other container, with lid (for urine).
- Medium bucket or other container, with lid (for feces).
- Detached toilet seat
- Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags, twist ties. Minimum several dozen for disposing of human waste.
- Toilet paper (2 rolls per person per week).
- Clorox II powder (minimum 5–10 lbs.)
- Shovel or spade for digging latrine
- 200 feet of 5 mil plastic sheeting
- Clothesline, rope and/or strong cord.
- Shovel, pick, crowbar, axe, hammer, nails, saw, staple gun.
- Crescent wrench for turning off gas supply
- Dripless candles and matches in waterproof container.
- Flashlights, small AM-FM radio, extra bulbs and batteries.
- Extra shelter and sleeping gear. Ground cloths, tarps, tents, sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses or foam pads, etc. Tube tents are inexpensive and could come in handy.
- First Aid Kit in a waterproof container or Ziploc bag.
- First Aid Manual
- Buy small bandages, medical tape, anti-bacterial soap, alcohol, large dressings, bandage rolls, sling, splint, etc.
- Shoes with heavy soles or boots
- Work gloves
- Sweaters, overcoats, rain gear, caps, and gloves
- Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- These items should be pre-packed and ready to move at a moment’s notice. Do not wait until a disaster strikes to pack survival clothing.
Make Survival Kits for Cars
- Your car should be packed with a smaller-sized survival kit in addition to the emergency items that you should already have in there, such as a battery charger, tow chain, etc. Keep in mind these items are subject to temperature extremes.
- Shoes with heavy soles and work gloves
- Clothing for rain and cold weather
- Purchase a flashlight, spare batteries, matches, small first-aid kit
- Full canteen, water purification drops or tablets, possible bottled water or juice
- Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Note paper, ball-point pen, tape
All of these items can be purchased through Amazon via the Prepper Store.