Before gathering any supplies, start by discussing an emergency disaster plan with your entire family. When preparing your personal emergency kit, give some thought to the types of natural disasters that are most likely to occur in your area. If you live in rural Arizona, for instance, then buying a life jacket to protect yourself in a flood probably isn’t an investment you need to make.
That being said, you've come to the right place if you're ready to get prepared for whatever Mother Nature may bring. We've pulled together a collection of emergency kit essentials that are designed to help you navigate the worst situations during a wide array of natural disasters. Whether you live in Tornado Alley or in an area prone to wildfires, you need to gather the right supplies to add to your emergency arsenal.
Besides the items found in the kits below, make sure you always have a three-day supply of non-perishable food on hand as well as enough water to last at least three days. Aim for at least one gallon per person per day. Keep a backup cell phone charged and ready to use. (Even a deactivated cell phone can call 911.) Hardhats or helmets can protect your family from falling debris, which is common in many types of natural disasters.