Build Your Own Earthquake Survival Kit


Earthquakes are unpredictable, but there are roughly 10,000 earthquakes reported in southern California every year. Of those earthquakes, just several hundred register a 3.0 magnitude or higher and just 15 to 20 are a 4.0 or higher. You don’t really start to feel earthquakes until they reach a 3.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, but they still cause damage deep underground.

The fault lines in California cut through highly populated areas, and many have been expecting the Big One for years. When a large quake hits, power outages, phone service disruption, transportation halts, and shortage of gas are all possibilities, and there is always the chance a Tsunami.


For those living along earthquake faults lines, an earthquake survival kit is an important necessity, along with knowing what to do immediately following a quake.

What To Do After An Earthquake

  • Expect Aftershocks

Do not expect it to be over after the initial earthquake. If you’ve managed to get to a safe place, stay there. After shocks may come in waves, so if you’re near the coast get to higher ground in the event flooding or a Tsunami occurs.

Check For Injuries

Make sure no one is injured, and if so, treat the injury before moving.

  • Clothing

If you are still at your home, dress in protective clothing, such as long pants and long sleeve shirts, find a pair of gloves, and wear sneakers or boots.

  • Extinguish Fires

Put out any fires that you can using fire extinguishers, if they are nearby.

  • Store Water

Fill jugs with water for future use, and fill your bathtub with water for hygienic purposes should you lose water service.

  • Check News

Use internet, radio, and television, basically whichever is still in service, to get current news.

  • Contact Loved Ones

Make sure family knows where you are.

  • Meet Up With Loved Ones

You should have a pre-arranged meeting spot to meet with your loved ones. Get to that spot as soon as you safely can.

Survival Kit List

Those living in earthquake zones should fill a backpack with the following items …

  • Food

Freeze dried food is the best because it lasts the longest and doesn’t need a can opener. It is also the lightest to carry and you can eat straight from the bag. Go for high calorie options. This is not the time to think of dieting. Pasta meals, chili, stews, are all filling and provide energy. Protein and energy bars are another great choice. Pack enough for 5 days.

Pack these items as well …

  • Stove

A camping stove can save you time in having to build and start a fire. Choose a    portable camping stove that folds down, such as the Etekcity, which can be   folded into the size of a deck of cards. Attach to a canister for quick ignition.

  • Pot
    A light titanium pot is perfect to add to your bag for boiling water and cooking.
  • Can Opener
    If you are bringing cans of food, make sure to pack that can opener.
  • Aluminum Foil
    You can use aluminum foil to handle hot pots, kind of like a pot holder, and it has             many other uses for cooking over a flame.
  • Water

    Water Filter
    Make sure to pack a portable water filtration device. The Saywer Mini is the perfect size, at a great price point, and can filter a lot of water at once.

Water Jug
Stainless steel is your best option, but if you go for plastic, make sure it is BPA  free.

  • Shelter 
    • Bivy Blanket
      This is a lightweight and smaller alternative to a tent, and can fit into your bag. It fits snugly over a sleeping bag, and protects you from the elements.
  • Sleeping Bag
    A sleeping bag will keep your warm and insulated at night.
  • Poncho / Liner
    Both can keep you dry. The poncho can double as a shelter, and the liner as the floor.
  • Clothing
    Pack at least two pair or socks and a change of clothes, along with another pair   of comfortable shoes, a pair of gloves, and a hat.
  • Security 
    • Concealed Fire Arm
      If you have a fire arms license, pack your fire arm in your back pack versus a        holster. You want to be discreet.
  • Full Tang Knife
    Make sure to pack a sturdy knife such as the Gerber LMF II or the KA-BAR.
  • Shotgun
    You can add a shotgun as a back up to your other firearm, or as your only firearm. They deploy easily.
  • Taser Or Pepper Spray
    If you do not have a license to carry, pack some tasers or a pepper spray. They   are both small and lightweight, and great against any violent enemies.
  • Axe Handle
    An axe handle makes a great weapon if you do not have any of the above. Swing             hard.
  • Hygeine
    • Baby Wipes
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper
  • Other Gear And Supplies 
    • Ham Radio
      This is a great way to get news when all other sources of communication go          down.
  • First Aid Kit
    Always pack a first aid kit for minor cuts to deep wounds, and even just a   headache.
  • Cash
     Pack some cash, because banks and ATMs will most likely be down. You credit   card will probably do no good for the same reason.
  • Spare Eye Glasses
    Keep a pair of spare eye glasses in case your regular pair break or your contacts             dry out.
  • Prescription Medication
     If you can get a month’s supply of your regular medications, store it in your bag.


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