15 Essential Items To Have During A Disaster

Some of you may have seen the famous show Doomsday Preppers on NatGeo. While the preppers tend to be a little too extreme in welcoming a potential disaster, we can take a leaf out of it and prep for any other potential disasters that normally occur in Malaysia, like flood.

Grab these 15 items for your survival kit, in case a disaster strikes:

1. First Aid Kit
We must always anticipate for the worse. In times of disaster, receiving medical assistance may take a while so best to make do with whatever we’ve got. Consider these items for your survival kit:

  • Latex, or other sterile gloves
  • Sterile dressings, Adhesive bandages
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Eye wash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
  • OTC medications: aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, laxative, anti-diarrheal, stomach-soother/antacid
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Scissors, tweezers

Clockwise from top left: First Aid Kit P-2, RM51.90, Outdoor Emergency First Aid Kit RM27.22, First Aid Kit Outdoor Survival, RM30.

2. Emergency food
For a large scale disaster, you need to have at least a week of emergency food. Buy non-perishable canned items, preferably food that you don’t need to cook but is high in nutritional content. You can also learn how to dehydrate and can your own food too. Consider these items for your kit:

  • Foods that require no refrigeration, cooking or little water
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank can opener
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit, nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Non-perishable pasteurised milk

RM 50 Grocery Haul

3. Personal hygiene kit
Unless we’re talking about a World War Z kind of disaster, you’ll want to groom yourself for your (and other people’s) comfort. Things such as hand sanitizer, wipes, deodorants, travel-sized toothpaste tubes, and toothbrushes can all be easily carried in small pouch. Additionally, you may want to include feminine products and whatever it is you need to stay fresh and clean.

Phillip B Travel Kit (Paraben Free) 4pcs, RM105.70

4. Emergency water for drinking (and sanitation)
When disaster strikes, help may arrive late and sometimes it would take days. As dehydration is common during disasters, have a supply of emergency water ready. This is especially important for those who have serious medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

Sure way to get 8 glasses of water: water bottle marked with time!

5. Emergency water filter
What if a disaster like flood happens, which makes it impossible for you to carry emergency water around? Perhaps you’d like to invest in a mini water filtration/purification unit; which is small enough to be carried in your emergency toolkit.

L-R: Portable Water Straw Filter, RM71, Bubble Portable Water Filter, RM88, AOBONA Portable Ceramic Water Filter for Drinking, RM456.99

6. Portable cookware
If you couldn’t afford the filter, always remember to boil all water before drinking. The portable cookware may come in handy if you need to boil your water.

Outdoor black cookware, RM44

7. Lighter/matches
To boil water (or do simple cooking), you’ll need a lighter or a match, so make sure you carry a good supply of them around with you at all times.

L-R: Zippo Windproof Lighter, RM190, USB First Generation Lighter, RM38.40

8. LED flashlights
You should have several LED flashlights with enough supply of batteries. The flashlights must be durable and non-incendive (won’t spark an explosion).

High Power LED Super Bright Flashlight, RM285.99

9. Portable multi-functional tool
You’ll never know what kind of trouble you may come across during a disaster, so a multi-functional tool could come in handy. Most models normally contain folding knife, wire cutter, strong pliers, and flat head screwdriver, among other things.

Portable Mini Swiss Army Multi-Tool (Red), RM17, XL14 15 Type Multi Functional Tool (Blue) RM90.36

10. Radio (battery-powered or hand crank)
Your phone may not be working during a disaster, so having a radio can help you to stay connected with the outside world and receive information on the current situation. Have extra batteries ready if yours is battery-powered.

L-R: Phillips AE1530 Portable Radio RM119, Panasonic Radio RF-P50 AM/FM, RM95

11. Whistle
You can use it to let people know of your whereabout which isn’t clearly visible and to signal for help.

Outdoor Whistle Survival Kit, RM32.22

12. Portable waterproof emergency blanket
Space blankets help you retain your body temperature, keep out the rain and wind and are compact and light. There are even some that have been made to function like a sleeping bag for even more added warmth.

Portable Waterproof Blanket, RM10.64

13. Important documents and money
Documents to pack in your emergency kit include copies of birth certificates, wills, IC or passports and contracts. You should also include vaccination papers and insurance policies. Remember to keep them all in a water-proof container. It is also a good idea to have some cash stored in the kit as well, as this can be used to purchase supplies or gas if needed when the ATM went down.


14. Rope, duct tape and other handy equipment
Your equipment can make your life a little easier. Pick and choose which items will be best for your situation and which ones you (and your family) can feasibly carry.

Cotton Rope (Black) RM35, Golden High Temperature Tape RM21.96

15. Grab and go bags
Once you’ve gathered all the essential items, store them in durable bags which you (and your family) can just easily and readily grab when a disaster strikes.

L-R: Outdoor 40L Waterproof Backpack RM149.48, ECEEN 7Watts Solar Panel Backpack, RM599.99


Photo credit: LAZADA

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