Owners feel the kit is adequate for a short-term survival situation. Decent quality pack, with some extra room for additional items, which we recommend you add in case of a major disaster.
Dust mask and gloves are low quality, and first-aid kit is inadequate, owners report. Water packs tend to leak, soaking other items (thus losing their benefit).
A decent kit with most of the essentials to help in the short-term after a natural disaster. Whistle, goggles and heavy-duty gloves are nice additions, users note.
Backpack is not waterproof and zipper breaks easily. Reports of water boxes leaking on arrival. Owners feel included food and water isn’t enough to sustain four people.
Included backpack has plenty of room for additional items, and is easier to carry with the chest strap that is included. Pocket stove is a nice plus.
Food is in four-person servings only, rather than one-person. Only enough water for a couple of days, not five. All food must be rehydrated, requiring more water. Some owners are turned off by the pungent mothball or vinyl smell of the package.
Owners like the included bag’s styling, which doesn’t scream “emergency.” Decent quality supplies, users report. Bag has enough room to pack extra supplies or clothing. Crank-charge flashlight/radio is a nice plus.
Backpack is a little bit small and the straps are somewhat narrow. Toothbrushes seem cheap. Unlike everything else in the bag, toilet paper is not in waterproof packaging. Varied expiration dates on packages in kit.
Fairly compact kit that stores easily in the car trunk or corner of the pantry. Experienced users feel it is a good starter kit. Sturdy carrying handle. “Nothing felt like a throwaway to bulk up the bag,” one user noted.
Water containers look like juice boxes, some owners feel, with only just enough water to get by on. Reports of water containers broken or leaking on arrival.
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Natural disaster kits represent an item that people hope they never have to use. However, it’s still important to have the kits on hand for potential emergencies. Buying pre-made natural disaster kits will save you quite a bit of time versus building your own kit. When comparing pre-made kits, look at how many people the kit will serve and for how many days. Some natural disaster kits that look like a good value may only serve two people for two days. These small, inexpensive kits may not meet your family’s needs. Natural disaster kits can contain many different items. But you’ll certainly want drinking water, food, first-aid materials, and some form of lighting. Pay attention to the carrying case for the natural disaster kit. Some cases are meant to be portable for use in a car. Other cases are larger and meant to be used at home.
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