How To Prepare Your Own Emergency Survival Kit

emergency-circle-logoIt’s always a good idea to be prepared ahead of time in the event of an emergency or disaster. Hopefully it is something you will never need but it’s an excellent idea to be prepared and have supplies ready ahead of time. We see, hear or read the news daily about fires (especially this time of year), storms, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic activity, etc. Just about every part of North America as well as many other countries around the world are susceptible to natural disasters of some type. Others are prone to human-caused disasters such as fire and vehicle-related. You just may want to take heed ahead of time and keep an emergency supply or survival kit nearby or close at hand. And the do-it-yourself kind is the way to go. Let this checklist below be a guide for you. Print it out and keep it handy. Use it to put together a kit for yourself and family.  Feel free to customize it to your families own personal needs.

The most important thing is to plan ahead

and start assembling these items NOW!

It is not necessary to spend a lot of money, and I would really NOT recommend buying the ready-made or pre-packed kits from a store.  You can easily put together your own kit with better quality items.  A large number of these items can be found around the house if you look for them. Another idea, if you already own a vacuum-sealer (such as a Food Saver), you can even seal clothing to make sure they stay dry.


– Do-It-Yourself Checklist –

Emergency & Disaster Supply Kit

__ Water – at least 1 gallon per day / per person for approximately 3 to 7 days

__ Food – at least enough for approximately 3 to 7 days

__ non-perishable packaged or canned food

__ non-perishable packaged or canned juices

__ specialty foods for infants or the elderly (if applicable)

__ snack foods (chips, crackers, apples, oranges, energy bars, etc)

__ Utensilsemergency_items

__ non-electric can opener

__ cooking tools

__ portable camping stove and fuel

__ paper plates

__ plastic utensils

__ extra ziplock or sealable bags

__ extra garbage/trash bags (medium or large)

__ aluminum foil

__ twist ties, rubber bands, etc.

__ duct tape

__ bucket(s)

__ Swiss Army Knife / multi-purpose pocket knife

__ Lighter / Matches / Flint and Steel

__ Sleeping Gear

__ Blankets

__ Pillows

__ Sleeping Bags

__ Clothing – season appropriate

__ complete change of clothing (2-3 changes per person)

__ rain gear (if applicable)

__ sturdy shoes

__ First Aid Kit (new or fully stocked)

__ Medicines / Prescription Drugs (if applicable)

__ Specialty Items – for babies and the elderly (if applicable)

__ Toiletries / Hygiene items (include dental floss for multi-purpose use)

__ dental needs

__ hand sanitizer or moisture wipes

__ towels & washcloths

__ toilet paper

__ tissue paper

__ paper towels

__ Flashlight / Batteries

__ Portable Lantern

__ Light Sticks or Glow sticks

__ RadioHand-cranked or Battery operated + NOAA weather radio (if possible)

__ Phones

__ fully charged cell phone with extra battery

__ traditional (not cordless) telephone set

__ Cash (with some small bills)

__ Credit Cards – Keep in mind that Banks and ATM’s may not be available for extended periods

__ Keys

__ Toys, Books and Games (age appropriate)

__ paper, drawing pads, pencils, pens, crayons, etc.

__ Important Documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag

__ Insurance information

__ Medical records

__ Bank account numbers

__ Social Security card

__ Drivers License/ID Card

__ Personal phone book of family, relatives, friends, work associates, etc.

__ Tools – you should keep a set in your vehicle

__ foldable shovel, axe, hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, etc.

__ rope

__ Vehicle Fuel Tanks Filled

__ Pet care items (if applicable)

__ proper identification / immunization records / medication

__ ample supply of food and water

__ a carrier or cage

__ muzzle and leash


and in conclusion….. just as a thought…..





10 Alternate Uses For Brand Name Products

baking_soda1In today’s struggling economy it seems like we’re all looking for ways to save a back and cut back here or there and stretch what we have to it’s maximum potential. So I thought I’d lend a tip from personal experiences and experiments as well as a little ingenuity with the additional assistance of  some reference material to help you maximize your budget with items you probably already have in your household cabinets, pantries, refrigerator, medicine cabinets or garage. You’ll more than likely be amazed at all the things you can do with products you already own. So read on and discover some of these neat tips that you can apply and try them for yourself.

  • Parsons Ammonia Clean Jewelry

Soak in equal parts of ammonia and warm water for ten minutes. Then rub gently with a cloth or soft brush and allow them to air dry. Not recommended for use with pearls.

  • Heinz KetchupRemove Tarnish

By rubbing a dab of ketchup with a cloth or sponge, you can remove tarnish from copper. Repeat again if necessary.

  • Alka-SeltzerUnclog A Drain

You can unclog a sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait about 10 minutes, then run hot water.

  • Reynolds WrapRemove Rust Spots

Rust spots can be removed from chrome car bumpers by dipping a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil in small bowl of Coca-Cola. Simply wipe over the rusty spots using a little “elbow grease”.

  • Gold Medal FlourMake Play Dough

Add 50 drops of food coloring (of your choice) to two cups water. Then add two cups of flour, one cup salt, one teaspoon Cream of Tartar and two tablespoons Wesson Corn Oil. Mix well. Place on stove and cook over medium heat for three minutes (or until the mixture holds together). Then turn it onto a cookie sheet (wax paper) and knead to the proper consistency. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

  • Maxwell House CoffeeRepel Ants

Sprinkle dried coffee grounds outside doors, cracks or other places where ants are known to enter from. Coffee deters ants. They won’t cross through the coffee line.

  • Alberto V05 Hair SprayRemove Ink Stains

Stains can be removed from clothes, vinyl or skin by spraying Alberto V05 Hair Spray on the stain. Blot with clean cloth or sponge until the stain comes up. Then wash clean. (May not work on real difficult stains or heavily set stains)

  • Aunt Jemima Original SyrupRevive an ailing house plant

Add two tablespoons of syrup at the base of the plant once a month.

  • Real Lemon Lemon Juice (from concentrate)Clean a microwave oven

Add four tablespoons Real Lemon to one cup water in a microwave-safe four-cup bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean. Use on regular basis.

  • Vaseline Petroleum JellyRemove chewing gum from hair

Apply a small amount of Vaseline petroleum jelly on two fingers and work into hair where gum is stuck at. With a little effort, the gum should slide ride off. Shampoo afterwards.


Here’s another alternate use post from this blog that can be a money saver: