Some basic items that should be in a survival kit include a seven-day supply of medications and medical items, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio. The kit should also include cellphones with chargers, as well as family and emergency contact information.
Survival kit should be prepared for natural disasters such as earthquakes. The kit should be easy to carry in case evacuation is necessary. Other basic items that should be in the kit include sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents such as passports and birth certificates, extra cash, and extra batteries.
Separate disaster kits are typically needed for home and for the workplace. The disaster kit at home should have enough supplies for the whole family. It should also be easily accessible. Some items that should be included in a household disaster kit include wrenches for turning off water and gas lines, additional flashlights or light sticks, cooking utensils and heavy-duty plastic bags for waste. The plastic bags can also serve as tarps and rain ponchos. Warm clothes and work gloves are also advisable. Disaster kit owners should replenish perishable items such as food, water and medications on an annual basis.