Hurricane and Earthquake Survival Kit Building

 

Hurricane season is here and if there was an earthquake season, it would probably be here as well – time to put some detailed focus into building and improving my hurricane and earthquake survival kit.  Where I live, we don’t have any earthquakes but we do have regular hurricanes.  I think the personal impact is quite similar such that any well thought out and built disaster survival kit will suffice.  Building and property damage is one of the greatest impacts of an earthquake or hurricane. Because of that, I think it is very important to be able to clear damaged property and get yourself out of a jam – good tools are essential for building a earthquake or hurricane survival kit. I added a very nice and well reviewed hatchet to help clear debris or get me out of a jam if I’m trapped in a building.  It’s possible that I already have a hatchet in my survival kit – I’m not sure.  I’ll double check that the next time I inventory my survival kit supplies against my disaster survival kit list.  Knowing it’s there gives me confidence in my hurricane and earthquake survival kit as we head into hurricane season.

 

 

 

 

Hatchet in an Earthquake Survival Kit

Yellow and Grey Hatchet for Earthquake Survival Kit Tool
A Hatchet for an Earthquake Survival Tool

 

The picture (left) is of the hatchet in my hurricane and earthquake survival kit, and it is one of the best hatchets I have ever used. The reiews on this hatchet were excellent and I see why; I also purchased one for my other projects around my house and on our ranch.  The weight is magnificent and I do believe the company claim of cutting 3 times as deep. My wife believes that I already had a hatchet in my earthquake and hurricane survival kit, (hence the need for quarterly inventory and survival kit list checks) but I’m still very pleased with this addition to my hurricane and earthquake survival kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary of Hurricane and Earthquake Survival Kit Building

Hurricane season is here and it’s time for some additions to my hurricane and earthquake survival kit.

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Organizing My Survival Kit List and Gear

I’ve been at this process of building a survival kit list for almost two years now and have become a little bit disorganized. I add to my survival gear list items each month and it is way too easy just to put the new item on a shelf in the basement without organizing it. That could be dangerous because it leads to a random stack of survival equipment list items in a pile which would require me to take time, in an emergency, to pack and organize all of those items prior to being able to pack or use them. I need a better way to manage and organize my items from my survival kit list.

 

Very Disorganized Survival Kit List Items

Four Blue Plastic Tubs in Grey Concrete Basement Show Survival Kit List Storage Disaster
Survival Kit List Storage Disaster

This is the result of almost twelve months of systematic additions from my survival kit list. It’s a mess! The containers aren’t packed or organized and the random pile of survival gear list items on the shelf are almost useless. Time to get my survival equipment list items organized and packed so they are transportable and usable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Organization Reigns Again for My Survival Gear List

Four Blue Tubs on Yellow Wood Shelf Show Survival Gear List Organized
Survival Gear List Organized

It only took an hour or so to get my survival kit list items neatly organized and packed. I’m still working through the high priority items on my survival gear list so separating them into containers by priority is not an issue yet. I used a simple 3 x 5 card and a sharpie to label the outside of each container with the items from my survival gear list so that the items are easy to find and use. I was surprised that so many of the items from my survival equipment list fit so easily into four containers and a backpack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Storage for Survival Equipment List Items

Four Blue Survival Equipment List Tubs for Organization
Survival Equipment List Tubs for Organization

In order to keep my survival kit list items organized in the future, I purchased four additional containers. I really like the Tupperware 18 gallon containers for their size and ability to keep out water. Each month, as I add items from my survival gear list, I will pack it into one of four categorized containers so that they are ready quickly and easily in an emergency. These tubs are also almost impossible to overload and should be relatively easy to pack into a vehicle if an emergency occurs and I need to be mobile with my survival equipment list items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary of Organizing My Survival Kit List and Gear

My system to build a survival kit list and add items on a regular basis had become very disorganized and led to a dangerous situation. My survival gear list items were randomly scattered around the basement and virtually unusable. I took a little time to organize my survival equipment list items into plastic containers that are easy to find, use and transport and now my survival kit list items are back to being usable.

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Tools and Vegetables for an Earthquake Survival Kit or Hurricane Survival Kit

I’ve been working on my survival kit list for both an earthquake survival kit and hurricane survival kit for almost two years now. My strategy has been to create and then update a survival kit list from my ongoing research, adding an item from my survival kit list to my survival kit each month. It’s a fascinating process and one that I find that I enjoy very much. Not only am I exposed to some very creative thinking and ideas, I also get a feeling of satisfaction that I’m more prepared than I was and that I’m doing the right thing for my family. I don’t know if I’ll ever need an earthquake survival kit or a hurricane survival kit, but if I do, I’ll certainly be ready!

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Earthquake Survival Kit Essential Tool

Black Annihilator Tool for Earthquake Survival Kit
Annihilator Tool for Earthquake Survival Kit

I found this tool, the Annihilator Utility and Wrecking Bar, on one of the online boards I read and thought it would make an excellent addition to my earthquake survival kit. I added it to my survival kit list several months ago and then when it came up in the queue, I purchased it on Amazon. Actually, I think it’s more properly a tool for construction or demolition but it made me realize that I don’t have a sufficient amount of construction or demolition tools in my survival kit list or hurricane survival kit.

 

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Hurricane Survival Kit Storage

Blue Containers on Brown Shelves Disaster Survival Kit is a Disaster
Disaster Survival Kit is a Disaster

My survival kit storage area where I keep all of my supplies for my earthquake survival kit is a mess. This is what happens as things slip down the list of importance. While I’m regimented enough to make regular additions to my hurricane survival kit from my survival kit list, I frequently just pony that item down to the basement and set it on a table – to be dealt with later. Even my survival kit backpack for my earthquake survival kit is hard to find! Well, that ends up being a mess and actually defeats the purpose of having a ready to use earthquake survival kit. That’s going to get cleaned up!

 

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Survival Kit List Seed Package Test

Green Fresh Vegetables in Brown Raised Bed Garden for Hurricane Survival Kit
Fresh Vegetables for Hurricane Survival Kit

I’ve been experimenting with a survival kit seed package to see how effective they are. I’m not sure how a seed package might help an earthquake survival kit but for long term emergency or disaster planning it makes a lot of sense. At any rate, I’m reluctant to include something on my survival kit list that has not been tested so I used a few of the seeds in the survival kit seed package to plant a raised bed garden. For the most part, the major plants are doing fine. Don’t be fooled by the very large tomatoes – I didn’t use seeds for those – I bought those plants. The minor plants, those that are more comfort-oriented than protein-oriented are not doing so well. In my opinion, that’s OK as I doubt that I’d want to waste time with lettuce and chives when my family needed protein and carbohydrates. Very much a nice-to-have instead of a need-to-have on your survival kit list.

Summary of Tools and Vegetables for an Earthquake Survival Kit or Hurricane Survival Kit

I found that my construction and demolition tools were pretty sparse on my survival kit list for an earthquake survival kit and have started to put some focus into those. My staging and storage area for my hurricane survival kit was a complete mess and that needs to be cleaned up. My trial of survival kit seed packages is going well – especially for the need-to-have plants in my survival kit list for an earthquake survival kit.

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