Building and Storing an Earthquake Kit in 2021

The National Earthquake Information Center estimates about 20,000 earthquakes happen every year. While that estimate does not specify how many of those events lead to states of emergency or catastrophe, it does put into perspective the need to be prepared. With 20,000 earthquakes annually, the average comes down to about 55 per day worldwide, which is mind-blowing. If you live in a region prone to earthquakes, you need to prepare yourself for the worst-case, ensuring you and your family stay safe.

Building Your Earthquake Kit

An earthquake kit is a piece of survival equipment that stores all the essentials you could need in such a disaster. However, while there are some universal needs, every kit will be unique to its owner, ensuring that they have the supplies they need to survive. Obviously, no one wants to be trapped in the aftermath of an earthquake, but making a kit is one of the best ways to ensure your safety and survival if the worst happens.

Consider Your Needs

When creating a pack for yourself or your family, it is crucial to consider every person and pet’s needs. Is there anyone in the family that relies on medication or a medical device for survival? If so, make sure you have enough medicine or a power source for their device. Also, consider any dietary needs and pack suitable snacks or items for every person in the group.

Container Selection

When looking at container options for your earthquake survival kit, you have a couple of options. You can choose a bag or pack, which is more transportation-friendly, meaning you can quickly move it between locations. Or, you can choose a hard case or container, which provides more protection against crushing, but it is a little less convenient to move around. Either option, the bag or hard case, offers different advantages and disadvantages, you need to decide which option is best for you and your family.


You can find a need for most things in your life, but at the end of the day, the supplies that matter are those that will keep you alive and safe. When discussing universal supplies, 15 items should top the list for any survivalist, especially when designing an earthquake kit.

  1. Water

  2. Food

  3. Water filters

  4. Plastic sheeting

  5. Duct tape

  6. First aid kit

  7. Tools

  8. PPE

  9. Batteries

  10. Radio

  11. Maps

  12. Cell phone charger

  13. Flashlight

  14. Dust mask

  15. Whistle

Kit Location

The term earthquake survival kit can be confusing because it suggests that you only have one, but that is never enough. As a seasoned survivalist, you know that you never put all your eggs in one basket. The better option is to have at least two bags: one in the garage and one in the house. However, it might be better to have more depending on how many locations you have in mind and your estate’s size. You’ll want a bag close to any living space to increase the chances of getting to it during or immediately after the disaster.

Earthquakes are common, and while not many turn out to be significant disasters, they can. An earthquake kit can be the difference between surviving and not. Have you ever experienced an earthquake? Did your kit help save your life? Leave a comment below.