What Supplies Should Be in an Earthquake Emergency Supply Kit?

Posted on January 16 2019

What Supplies Should Be in an Earthquake Emergency Supply Kit?

If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, you know how important it is to be prepared! After all, failure to prepare is preparation for failure. And with a life-or-death scenario that extreme seismic activity can bring, stocking up on emergency supplies beforehand is imperative to you and your family’s survival. A well-equipped earthquake emergency supply kit should include:

  • a first aid kit,
  • home survival kits,
  • survival kits for your vehicle,
  • workplace survival kits,
  • and perhaps most importantly, emergency water and food.

As a rule of thumb, these supplies should be able to last 3 days at a minimum. In this article, we’ll cover basic tips for each of these kits, as well as provide a handy checklist for each category.

First Aid Kit

Because earthquakes can cause injury, either through falling debris, broken bones, and cuts, first aid kits should be able to help give immediate medical attention until you can reach a medical professional. Make sure to store your first aid supplies in a sturdy box (ie. tool box, fishing tackle box, reinforced plastic container) so that your supplies will be easy to carry and kept dry from water/moisture. Because many items in your first aid kit have expiration dates relating to their efficacy, you should inspect your kit on a regular basis to keep it freshly stocked and ready for all emergencies.

Typical Drugs/Medications in a first aid kit include:

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide (for washing and disinfecting wounds)
  • Individually-wrapped alcohol swabs
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin tablets (for pain relief and to treat swelling)
  • Prescriptions and any long-term medications
  • Eye drops
  • Diarrhea medicine


  • Ace bandages
  • Bandage strips (like band-aids of all sizes and varieties)
  • Adhesive tape roll
  • Rolled gauze
  • Cotton-tipped swabs

Miscellaneous First Aid Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Splinting materials
  • Soap (liquid or bar)
  • Tissues and/or paper towels
  • Paper cups
  • Small plastic bags (such as grocery bags)
  • Needle and thread
  • Instant cold packs for sprains
  • Pocket knife
  • First aid book (with pictures and instructions)

Home Survival Kits

While you may want to combine your first aid kit into your home survival kit, you may want to keep them separate. Your home emergency earthquake kit should include a number of tools to help aid in fixing damaged parts of your property and to aid in rescue efforts should an accident occurs.

Items for safety and comfort

  • sturdy shoes with adequate protection from debris like broken glass, rubble, and nails (i.e. steel-toe boots)
  • heavy duty gloves
  • candles (useful when power is out for multiple days)
  • waterproof matches (look for ones that offer extra moisture protection)
  • change of clothing
  • garden hose (for siphoning liquid and firefighting)
  • knife
  • tent (to provide basic coverage from the elements)
  • recreational supplies for children and adults
  • blankets or sleeping bags (choose cold weather items as a default)
  • portable radio (to listen to emergency broadcasts and directions from authorities)
  • flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • essential medications 
  • fire extinguisher (make sure it is up to date)
  • food and water for pets (use large containers)
  • sterilizing tablets for water
  • toilet tissue
  • cash

Tools and supplies

  • axe
  • shovel
  • broom
  • screwdriver (flathead and Phillips head)
  • pliers
  • hammer
  • adjustable wrench
  • heavy-duty rope (for towing or rescue)
  • duct tape

Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

In the event of an earthquake, a vehicle may have to serve as a method of transportation and living quarters if necessary. Therefore, it’s important to assemble a survival kit for your vehicle with a number of items. By placing these in the trunk of your vehicle, you can make sure that you’re prepared for an earthquake or other natural disasters. Furthermore, you may want to store these supplies in a small bag or backpack to carry if you need to walk on foot to safety.

  • Bottled water
  • Blankets (cold weather)
  • Change of clothes
  • Fire extinguisher (make sure it is up to date)
  • First aid kit (include a majority of the supplies listed previously)
  • Emergency signal devices (i.e. reflectors, flares, light sticks, etc.)
  • Flashlight (with spare batteries)
  • Food (nonperishable and canned goods, including nutrition bars, tuna fish, trail mix, etc.)
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Heavy-duty rope for towing and rescue
  • Paper and pencils
  • Duct tape
  • Toilet tissue
  • Tools (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, etc.)
  • Jumper cables

Workplace Survival Kit

Typically, conscientious employers will supply their job sites and offices with adequate supplies to ensure that employees and staff are supplied in an earthquake emergency. Of course, depending on your role at your place of employment and level of responsibility, you may have the ability to assemble a survival kit for earthquakes with some of the following supplies:

  • Food (nonperishable — nutrition bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Bottled water
  • Jackets and other cold-weather clothing
  • Pair of sturdy shoes (i.e steel-toe boots)
  • Flashlight (with spare batteries)
  • Small first aid kit
  • Essential medications (including allergy-free varieties)
  • Blankets
  • Whistles or other signaling devices 
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Now that you have an idea of what you need to survive at home, in your vehicle, and at your workplace, you may be looking for an all-inclusive solution that has everything (and more) that you could possibly need to stay alive and comfortable following an earthquake. That’s why the Survival Gear Shop offers complete and all-inclusive packages that make the process of preparing yourself a cinch. And for those that are looking for solutions for non-perishable food items, the Survival Gear Shop also has a variety of delectable meal packages to suit any taste. 

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