When we least expect it, a natural disaster could easily strike -anytime, anywhere.

Daily life will be extremely disrupted and many of the comforts we take for granted will be in short supply or non-existent.

By thinking ahead and preparing your own Natural Disaster Kit, you can dramatically improve your chances of getting through a disaster. Having the essentials on hand when disaster strikes could mean the difference between life and death for you and your family.


Perhaps the most important component of any survival kit is water. You’ll need it not only for drinking, but for cooking and washing as well.

Civil Defence recommends you should have at least a three day supply available. This should consist of:

  • 3 litres per person per day for drinking.
  • 1 litre for cooking and cleaning food per meal.
  • 1 litre for dishwashing per meal.
  • 1 litre per person per day for washing.


As it may be impossible to obtain food in the days immediately following a disaster you will need to survive on what you have stored.

It is suggested that you store a three day supply of non-perishable food for all members of your household. The best survival foods are those that require no refrigeration or cooking such as tinned tuna, tinned spaghetti and baked beans.

First Aid

Ambulance, Doctors, Nurses and medical assistance will be overburdened and you may need to provide your own first aid such as treating cuts and burns. You can purchase a ready made first-aid kit to keep in your survival kit, and it is also a brilliant idea to do a First Aid course run by St John services.

Suggested Survival Kit Items

The following is a short list of items you should have in your survival kit.

  • Water – 3 day supply.
  • Food – 3 day supply.
  • Can opener.
  • Camping stove or BBQ with gas cylinder for cooking.
  • Cooking pot or pan, plastic plates, knives, forks etc.
  • Matches or lighter.
  • First aid kit and any essential medication.
  • Torches (preferably waterproof) and spare batteries.
  • Candles.
  • Battery operated radio (for emergency news and warnings) and spare batteries.
  • Weatherproof clothing and hats.
  • Sturdy footwear.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Sleeping bags and blankets.
  • Toys for small children.
  • Special medical equipment for family members with disabilities or diabetics.

Be Prepared

Surviving an emergency is all about preparation. By having an emergency kit at home or at work, you’ll be in a much better position to handle whatever nature throws at you and your family.

You can find more information on preparing for an emergency on the Civil Defence website.

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  1. Amber says:

    Berkey portable water filtration units which do not require water pressure or power, but yet are still powerful water filtration units are a must for disaster preparedness.

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  2. Aroha says:

    My sister was in the ChCh earthquakes and said one of the difficulties was that ATMs and EFTPOS were down and they couldn’t get cash. They always keep some $$ in their emergency kit.

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