I grew up in a family that lived and breathed the edict to “be prepared!” My three brothers are Eagle Scouts. We had a shelter custom-built in our basement to store a year’s worth of food for seven. Yet it wasn’t until grad school that one of my professors finally put the fear of god in me. “What are y'all going to eat during the next disaster?” she demanded as we covered the emergency preparedness segment of her Organizational Management syllabus. “You sure can’t wait until afterwards to get prepared.” Then she told us all to get guns.
Literally since that day, my husband and I have been on our path to emergency preparedness. If you’re interested in making your own kit, I suggest checking out the Center for Disease Control (CDC), FEMA, and several religious organizations, many of which have great emergency preparedness resources. There’s even an excellent US Army Survival Manual that’s been floating around the internet. Any way you slice it, your survival kit should cover these seven essential categories: