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!



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.


Ammunition and Tarps from my Survival Kit List

I’m not overly concerned about needing deadly force protection in my survival kit but do acknowledge that it certainly has a place in my survival kit list.  All you have to do is watch the recent Black Friday mob behavior over cheap hand towels and video games to get a sense of how people might behave if and when they find themselves without something they really need.  If things go bad, I suspect that they are going to go really bad and I do want to be prepared.  Likewise, I also have a section of my survival kit list dedicated to shelter.  It may not be possible to stay in my house and I am not a fan of government supported shelters and aid so I do need something in my survival kit and survival kit list that allows me to build a shelter from the weather.

Survival Kit Ammunition

Red Boxes of Ammunition and Green Metal Storage Container from Survival Kit List
Survival Kits Need Ammunition and Storage

My survival kit contains several weapons – all of which I am reasonably well trained with and which I practice with at least quarterly, if not monthly.  My handgun of choice is a high capacity 9mm.  A 10mm or .45 caliber has more knock down power but I believe that quantity has a quality all of it’s own.  The smaller caliber is also more usable by my wife and daughters if the need arises.  I occasionally frequent local gun shows and used a recent one as an opportunity to purchase 250 rounds of ammunition and a steel ammunition container to store it.  My survival kit list specifies 1000 rounds and I’ll build this up over time so as not to bust the survival kit list budget too hard in any one month.



Survival Kit List Shelter

Four Blue Plastic Tarps for Ground Cover and Protection from My Survival Kit List
Tarps for Ground Cover and Protection from My Survival Kit List

It is possible that my house may not provide the shelter we need in certain situations.  I do plan on using my house as my primary shelter but do have a backup plan to build my own shelter if needed.  Large plastic tarps go on sale frequently at outdoor supply stores, as do bungee cords and rope.  A couple of tarps to protect from water below and water above, along with a couple long sticks and some rope should be able to provide us with a shelter.  These tarps can also serve to bolster any potential leaks that might occur in my house.  I purchased 6 tarps from my survival kit list on sale for less than $25.





Survival Kit Shelter Detail

Detail of Blue Plastic Tarps for Survival Kits
Detail of Tarps from my Survival Kit List

I selected the 10′ x 16′ tarps as the best size for the price.  One of the considerations that I always keep in mind while updating my survival kit list and building my survival kit is that my wife and daughters need to be able to handle and use each item.  I may not be there and it would be a huge waste and distinct weakness to have something in my survival kit that was unusable to my wife and daughters.








Summary of Ammunition and Shelter from my Survival Kit List

Deadly force protection is a key part of my survival kit list and the survival kit I’m building.  Having an abundance of ammunition is a starting point but weapons and frequent practice are more important.  Shelter items provide a backup in the event that my primary shelter is unusable.  A key aspect of both of these elements is that each item on my survival kit list and in my survival kit must be usable by someone smaller and weaker than me.



Create Your Own Survival Kit List

I’ve been on this project for almost 2 years now and I’ve developed some pretty strong opinions about survival kits, emergency food, emergency survival and, most important, your survival kit list.  I live near Bastrop Texas where we recently had a huge wildfire.  We weren’t harmed but do live just a few miles North of one of the wildfires.  Our house wasn’t in danger as we were upwind but we did host an evacuated family.  During the week of the wildfire, I had plenty of time and inspiration to consider and discuss my survival kit and survival kit list.  I’ve also begun to notice the people in the stores who are reviewing and purchasing survival kits – OK, I spend too much time at Academy!  My biggest concern and strongest opinion is that you should create your own survival kit list.

Creating a Survival Kit List is Hard!

Emergency Essentials Include Toiletries
Build a Survival Kit but Be Sure to Include Toiletries

Yeah, I hear you.  Starting with a blank sheet of paper for any project can be daunting.  That said, it doesn’t have to be hard.  I’ve shared my list here on this website and a few Google searches will quickly point you to a whole lot more examples of a survival kit list that other people have built.  Here is what I think is most important – build your own survival kit list!  Use what other people have created and then customize it to your family’s needs.  For example, I’m the only male in my immediate family – the rest are females.  You can bet that my survival kit list contains feminine hygiene products!




Why Should I Create My Own Survival Kit List?

Survival Kit ListI consider my survival kit and my survival kit list to be just as valuable as my life insurance and balancing my checking account.  When I buy life insurance, I do my research, learn as much as I can about my options, ask for recommendations and then consult a professional, BUT, I make my own decision about what is right for me and my fmialy.  Likewise, I balance my check book.  I am just unwilling to rely on the intelligence of some unknown person to make the decision about what I or my family might need in the event of an emergency. I’ve come to view my survival kit and survival kit list as a form of insurance – more like life insurance than property insurance.  I’ve learned that life insurance makes me feel good when I write the check for the premium.  After all,  I’m not going to be around when it comes time for it to pay out.  While I do expect to be around to use and benefit from my survival kit, I draw the most of my satisfaction from knowing I’m doing the right thing for my family.


What Needs to be in My Survival Kit List?

Survival Kit ListThat’s a big “That Depends.”  You have to balance what you think you need with what you can easily access and transport.  Too much and you’ll get bogged down.  Not enough and you’ll find yourself wanting.  I found benefit in categorizing my family’s different needs against time frames and came up with a categorized survival kit list that is valuable immediately and grows in value over time.  Your needs might be different – they probably will be.  Your survival kit list may look like mine and it may not – learn from what I’ve done and what others do bu do your own thinking.



OK, So I Have the Survival Kit List – Now What?

Survival Kit ListYou can easily sink a ton of money into commercial survival kits.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at your nearby sporting goods store.  Even after dropping an easy $50, you’ll only walk out with a little bitty bag of ointments and bandages.  That’s a first aid kit, not a survival kit.  Once you’ve gotten started with your survival kit list, start accumulating survival gear – including emergency food.  I budget $25/month to add an item to my survival kit – I just reference the survival kit list and make a trip to the store to get what is next on the list.  I’ve been doing it for almost two years now and it is building slowly.  That said, I’m confident that we could have taken the supplies we have in our survival kit and been just fine if we had to evacuate the recent Bastrop Wildfire for as long as a couple of weeks.  Build your survival kit list.  Write a plan to begin accumulating survival supplies.  Do something every month.  Update your survival kit list and plan every three months.  That’s it – only takes $25 and about an hour every month.

Summary of Create Your Own Survival Kit List

Don’t underestimate your need for a survival kit and a good survival kit list – the recent wildfires in Bastrop were a very good reminder for me and my family.  Begin today – research what others have done to create their survival kit list and use that as a start – but customize it for your family.  Think carefully and talk with your family about what they think you might need – involve the entire family.  Then, create a small budget and a plan and get to work.  Start today!  Use your survival kit list to build a plan and start accumulating what you need.