Repost: Southcom Hurricane Survival Kit. (Hurricane Irma Blues)

(I published this back in August of 2011 and I think it is one of the best lists out there. Feel free to copy, share & make sure you update and upgrade as you please) 

I still think this is the best compilation out there.

  • Bottled water ( 1 gallon per day per person) for 14 days
  • Manual can opener*
  • Non-perishable foods:*
  • Canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
  • Bread in moisture proof packaging
  • Cookies, candy, dried fruit
  • Canned soups, & milk
  • Powdered or single serve drinks
  • Cereal bars
  • Package condiments
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant coffee & tea
  • Flashlight (1 per person) *
  • Portable battery powered lanterns
  • Glass enclosed candles
  • Battery powered radio or TV
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Extra batteries, including hearing aids
  • Ice chest and ice
  • First Aid Kit-including aspirin, antibiotic cream, and antacids
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun screen (45 SPF recommended)
  • Waterproof matches/butane lighter
  • Money (At least $200 in cash, small bills)
  • Plain bleach or water purification tablets
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and Utensils
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it
  • Sterno
  • Portable camp stove or grill
  • Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates & cups
  • Napkins & paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts
  • Lighters, matches, BBQ Lighters (long reach so you do not get burned)
  • Prescriptions ( 1month supply)*
  • Photo copies of prescriptions*
  • Toilet paper
  • Entertainment: books, magazines, card games etc*
  • Soap and detergent
  • Toiletries*
  • Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag*
  • Clothing for a few days*
  • Rain ponchos, and work gloves
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses


  • Babies  Disposable diapers*
  • Babies Formula, food and medication*
  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Photo identification*
  • Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  • Medical history or information
  • Waterproof container for document storage
  • Back-up disks of your home computer files
  • Camera & film

Pet Supplies

  • Dry & canned food for two weeks
  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
  • Litter box supplies
  • Traveling Cage

Other Necessities:

  • Tools: hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, saw
  • Trash bags (lots of them)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Mosquito netting
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • Masking or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Spray paint to identify your home if necessary
  • One of your home phones (many people lost theirs during Andrew, even though their phone service still worked)

And, of course, weapons and ammunition!

4 Replies to “Repost: Southcom Hurricane Survival Kit. (Hurricane Irma Blues)”

  1. 12V DC USB Chargers and inverters? Portable generators have been getting cheaper, just make sure they are kept outside when running. They will need lots and lots of fresh non oxygenated gas and extra oil. Change out the old gas in the cans.

    Liquid bleach decomposes over time. Clorox makes dry chlorine bleach crystal, if you want to store that in a prep kit.

    If you are in an area that floods, now is the time to move everything on the first floor to higher ground, like Georgia. Those back up files and irreplaceable photos? E-mail/Mail a copy to friends or family far, far away. Along with pictures of everything in the house, garage, vehicles, etc., along with the insurance information. Back everything up to the cloud.

    Need something? Buy it now, so the stores can restock for the other, slower guys. Batten it down, Board it up, move it inside now, while you have time to fix the problems.

  2. why the manual can opener? I thought everyone had a p38 on their keychain. also almost every multi-tool has one one it, they are not great openers, but damn it they will work.

    12v battery packs for keeping phones/ipads/kindles and the like are cheap and worth the money. also having the car adapters to keep either the phones or the battery packs charged from a car is a good idea.

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