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.
Heavy-duty 30-gallon plastic garbage bags and twist ties
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.
Buy small bandages, medical tape, anti-bacterial soap, alcohol, large dressings, bandage rolls, sling, splint, etc.
Shoes with heavy soles or boots
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.