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Home Preparedness

Use our home emergency preparedness guide and checklist to ensure that you have the proper emergency plan, kits, and supplies to prepare your home and family for an emergency.

Home Emergency Preparedness Guide

Following a major catastrophic disaster, you may be forced to leave the comfort of your residence as it may be unsafe for your inhabitance. This means that you you may be forced to stay outdoors at a local park or field and survive without the modern conveniences of your home such as food, water, shelter, electricity, or plumbing. Use our home emergency preparedness checklist below to ensure that you have the proper emergency kits and supplies to prepare your home and family for a disaster:

Home Emergency Preparedness Supplies

Each of our home emergency preparedness kits comes with a 72 hour supply of US Coast Guard Approved emergency food and water. Each also comes packaged in a durable 5 gallon container that is air-tight, waterproof, and easily stored.

Emergency Food

After a large disaster, stores may be closed for several weeks in your area and roads may be unsafe to drive out of your area. That is why you must have a supply of emergency food in your preparedness kit. You should have a minimum of a three-day supply per person but a supply of at least a week is recommended. Many people try making their own home survival kit but they often don't realize that store bought food such as canned food only has a 6 month shelf-life. That is why each of our survival kits come with ER Bars - US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply emergency food ration bars. With a non-thirst provoking formula and a perfect balance of quality ingredients, it is specifically designed for disaster victims. Vacuum sealed and specially packaged, the ER Bar has surpassed rigorous testing procedures and quality standards in order to be a US Coast Gaurd Approved 5-Year Shelf-Life Emergency Food Ration.

Emergency Water

Second to air, water is the most primary element to human survival. You must consider the fact that running water may be either unsafe to drink or simply unavailable after an emergency. Just keeping bottled water at home is not enough. Despite popular myth, bottled water only has a 6 month shelf-life; even less if stored in extreme temperatures. It is recommended that at a minimum you have a 3 day supply of drinking water per person in your emergency preparedness kit. However, a survival rule of thumb is that you have a gallon of emergency water per person because you will also need it for sanitation purposes. Each of our survival kits come with Aqua Blox - US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply of emergency water rations. Since water remains the most important survival item to have, each home survival kit also comes with water purification tablets which can be used along with the 5 gallon container to purify extra water. The additional purchase of extra emergency water for inclusion within your survival kit is recommended as our survival kits include only a minimum survival supply. The best and cheapest way to store a sufficient amount of emergency water for an entire family is to purchase one of our 55 gallon water storage barrel and accessories.

Emergency Lights

As electricity may be out for several weeks after a disaster, you will need emergency lights to navigate through the dark and safely get out of your home in order to travel to a safe location. Each of our Home Survival Kits come with a variety of essential emergency lights. Many people store a regular flashlight and batteries in their emergency preparedness kit but don't realize that batteries have a shelf-life of 6 months. Our deluxe home survival kits come equipped with an am/fm solar and hand crank radio with lantern light which never needs batteries and 12 hour emergency lightsticks which have a 5-year shelf-life. All home kits also come with slow-burning emergency candles and waterproof matches for extra long-lasting light. We also recommend the inclusion of a fluorescent lantern for additional lighting capabilities. Don't forget batteries...save yourself money and trouble in replacing batteries by purchasing our Code Red Batteries that have an amazing 20-year shelf life.

Emergency Radios

In the event of an emergency while you are at home, you will need to know where to go in order to get to a safe location. That is why each of our emergency preparedness kits come with emergency radios for listening to emergency broadcasts following a disaster. Our deluxe home survival kits come equipped with an am/fm solar and hand crank powered radio with lantern light which never needs batteries. This emergency radio is highly recommended because regular battery operated emergency radios have many limitations such as the facts that batteries only last for hours and have an extremely limited shelf-life of around 6 months.

Emergency First Aid Kits

In the event of a disaster or just everyday accidents, emergency first aid kits are always a must. You probably already have a first aid kit in your home, but individual items likely get taken out of it for occasional injuries. That is why it is important to have a comprehensive first aid kits set aside for emergency preparedness. Each of our home emergency preparedness kits come with a comprehensive 52 piece first aid kit. In addition to the assortment of compresses, antiseptics, bandages, gauze pads and rolls, etc. in our the first aid kit, we also recommend the expansion of your first aid supplies with the inclusion of a CPR mask.

Emergency Shelter Supplies

In your emergency preparedness planning, you must consider the fact that your home may be unsafe to occupy. Therefore, you may be forced stay outdoors for several days if not weeks. That is why you need emergency shelter supplies in your emergency preparedness kit. Each of our survival kits come with the proper shelter supplies including emergency thermal blankets for warmth, ponchos to protect you from the weather, and a tube tent for easy emergency shelter from the elements. Additional recommended emergency home shelter supplies include a canopy shelter and body warmer pads.

Emergency Search & Rescue Supplies

There will likely be broken glass and dangerous items that you will have to deal with when evacuating your home or helping others evacuate. Collapsed structures could trap families in their homes. That is why your home emergency preparedness kit must include the proper emergency search and rescue supplies for your home. One very important item, especially for earthquake preparedness, which can save your home and neighborhood is an emergency gas shut-off wrench. An emergency gas shut-off wrench is included in each of our home preparedness kits along with a swiss army style knife which serves as twelve valuable tools. For setting up camp or shelter, each kit also includes vinyl rope and duct tape. Each home preparedness kit also comes with leather-palmed work gloves, vinyl gloves, and dust masks for protection from dangerous debris.

Emergency Sanitation Supplies

It's not a pleasant thought, but plumbing will likely be unavailable after a major disaster. You also must remember that you may have to stay outdoors with several other people and neighbors in close proximity. For proper health and sanitation conditions, your emergency preparedness kit should include emergency sanitation supplies. The 5 gallon container of our home survival kits is designed to be used as a portable toilet. Each home survival kit comes with toilet bags, toilet chemicals, and tissue packs. The additional toilet seat cover and lid is an optional upgrade to the kit but is recommended.

Storing Your Emergency Preparendess Kit for Your Home


In this section you can learn tips about storing your home emergency kit.

You must face the possibility that your home will not be safe for re-entry following a major disaster. Therefore, you must store your emergency preparedness kit in a strategic location in order for access to it when you need it most. Follow the instructions below to help you determine where to store your home emergency preparedness kit.

  1. Take out the gas shut-off wrench, try turning your gas meter slightly to make sure that your meter is not stuck. If you can not turn it slightly, call the gas company. Secure the wrench next to your meter. Make sure all household occupants know how to properly turn off the gas.
  2. If you live in a house, the recommended storage location is typically on the side of your house near the front gate. Do not store near high voltage wires or any high structure. Place your kit in a large, sturdy trash can with wheels if possible. Designate this as "your emergency can". You can mark it with a large cross if you like or some mark so that it doesn't get take out with the other trash cans. If you live in a multi-housing unit, the recommended storage location is typically in a closet near the exit (i.e. guest closet).

Customizing Your Home Emergency Preparendess Kit

Our deluxe home emergency preparedness kits come with all the emergency supplies we recommend for everyone to keep at home but it is important to also consider the personal items that you should include. We have put together a list of personal supplies you may want to consider including.

Quake Kare, Inc. has included all of the very essential emergency home preparedness supplies within its home survival kits. However, you must not forget to also include valuable personal items for emergency preparedness that will greatly help you survive during a time of great emergency. Follow these instructions below to help personalize your home survival kit by adding the following items:

  1. Open the waterproof storage container by pushing in on the center and prying up on the side edges, inch-by-inch, all the way around.
  2. Take out the out-of-state contact cards, fill them out, make sure that all of your loved ones have these with them at all times! The ability to use a telephone and contact family or rescue personnel is essential. In case you do not have a cellular phone or if its battery is dead when you need it most, we recommend that you fill out the Out of State Contact Cards that are included in Quake Kare, Inc's Emergency Home Survival Kits ahead of time. You simply fill out the card with any body's contact information who lives out of state. Since local phone lines will mostly be out of service, you can still reach friends/family via a payphone in order to inform them of your safety conditions (don't forget quarters).
  3. Add an old pair of walking shoes for each person. Following a major disaster, you may have to get out of a dark and cluttered building in a hurry. Thus, you may not have appropriate footwear after your evacuation and shouldn't re-enter the building until designated safe (there is also a lot of broken glass and dangerous debris around following a disaster).
  4. Similarly, many people require the use of contacts or eyeglasses, it is important to keep a spare pair in your survival kit as well. One thing you will certainly need in time of emergency is ability to see hazards.
  5. Many people also require medications or treatments such as insulin. Don't forget to include at least three days worth of your required daily dosages.
  6. And just in case you didn't think of everything, or you get stranded for an extended period, you need to store an emergency cash reserve in home survival kit. About $100 in small denominations could potentially get you out of some scary situations (don't forget...ATM machines will be out of service as well).
  7. Other suggested additions include - baby supplies, sanitary supplies (napkins, paper), and additional emergency food & water (its recommended to store a home survival kit with enough supplies for as many people that may be in your home when an emergency strikes.