Friday, July 12, 2013

Readiness Week: Disaster Kits

In order to wrap up Readiness Week, we needed to create a disaster kit. recommends creating a disaster kit for at least 72 hours, so after Googling what to put in a kit we came up with the following list:

  • Small Bag Dog Food
  • Food Scoop
  • Food Bowls
  • 2 Rolls Poop Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Leashes
  • 2 Collars
  • Temporary ID Tags (key tags)
  • 2 Emergency Blankets
  • 2 Fleece Blankets
  • 2 KONG Toys (missing)
  • 1 Jar Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tug Toy
  • 5 Diapers (Tesla)
  • 6 Tablets Prion (Tesla)
  • Heartworm Medication (1 dose each)
  • Flea/Tick Medication (1 dose each)
  • First Aid Kit
  • 1 Small Flashlight
  • Extra Flashlight Batteries
  • 2 Bandanas
  • 3 Gallons of Water
  • Document Bag (instructions, photos with humans, emergency contacts, lost posters, vaccination and microchip info, inventory list with expiration dates) in Ziplock baggy

We placed an inventory list not only inside in the kit, but also taped to the outside for quick reference.  This will live in our basement, so each quarter when I change my furnace filter, I will check the kit to make sure nothing has expired.

I feel so much better knowing that we are better prepared in case of a disaster or other emergency -- now I just hope I never have to use this stuff!!

In case you missed it: our information binders, and our first aid kits!


  1. I was excited to see this one! We have a disaster kit for ourselves, though we still talk about adding supplies to make sure the pups are ok (which we haven't done yet). Thanks for making it easy for the rest of us!

    1. I hope we lived up to the expectation! I would have loved to put more into our thought process on compiling everything, but it seemed to make the post kind of messy!

      Funny enough, we don't have one for ourselves!! But making them (for both us and the pooches) has been something I've been thinking about for awhile, so this is just the kickstart in getting us ALL ready...just in case.

    2. Oh, and one of the things we wanted to make sure was that the pooches would also be MENTALLY okay - hence the Kongs (with PB and kibble stuffing) and tug toy.

  2. It must bring you some peace of mind knowing you are so prepared, were anything to happen! Great posts....

    1. SO MUCH! A few years ago my friends in Buffalo lost power for over a week because of snow. We didn't get hit quite that bad, but it is a very real possibility! So it has been something on my mind for awhile now. I'm really glad I've gotten the ball rolling for myself -- there's definitely still a few ends to tie up, but we're so much closer!

  3. Such a great idea! I need to think about this too. The last time we had a huge storm I thought about gathering the cats and crating them in an interior room but ended up not doing so. That's about as prepared as I am so far.

    Love the pic at the end!

  4. You are soooo ready for a disaster with all your hard work this week with binders, first aid kits and now a disaster kit. But, like you said, I hope you never have to use any of it!

  5. Great post... I am nowhere near disaster prepared. This gets me thinking... I would like to start with a binder even.