I work as a volunteer in emergency management in my city as an Amateur Radio operator. We do a lot of emergency training and preparation at times. Having a disaster kit is always a good idea.
Some things I have done is to ensure there is a kit in each of my vehicles. A 1-3 day kit is usually good. I also have a large kit for my family at my home that will last for 2 weeks for a family of 5. Also each of my kids have a single kit that they have in their backpacks when they go out. These are pretty small but have the essentials in them.
There are so many ways to make a kit and you can do so without emptying your piggy bank. "Ready.gov" is a great place for you to start looking I think.
Personally I figure a wilderness survival kit is similar and more suited to my needs. Just like extreme back backing, I would think that during and after a disaster I will need my kit as lightweight as possible so it is easy to carry around, especially if i have to run.
My list of contents would include, "first aid skills"
- Iodine Tablets and Bleach for purifying dirty water
- Lightweight water flask for drinking.
- First Aid Kit, such as Gauze dressings, needle, triangle bandage, anti infection creams, tape, ect.
- Pain medications, or medications needed.
- Face mask in case of hazardous pollution
- wind proof weather durable matches, magnesium for fire starting
- thin light waterproof jacket / clothing or a few garbage bags.
- lightweight sleeping bag
- stock up on beef jerkey
- a candle
- knife, binder twine
- phone numbers, important papers, some cash
- optional, lightweight expensive tent. lightweight tents cost a lot, light tarp.
you may need to carry 3 days worth of fresh water, food supplies, a change of correct clothes, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, i am going to think up a wardrobe for myself during each disaster, for example if it floods I dont want to be wearing huge baggy jeans
* Waterproof bags
* Camp Shovel
* knowledge to know how to build a shelter
* a man, or mule who can haul all of this gear :)