Earthquakes can strike at anytime. We know that from previous major earthquakes that devastated cities and some even caused deadly tsunamis. Earthquake kits are a very important factor in ensuring your family’s safety. They contain a variety of necessities such as water, food, first aid kit, blankets, working gloves, flashlight, and radio.
Here are my top 3 best earthquake kit reviews for a family of 4.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5
For 4 people
This emergency kit is packaged in a 5 gallon bucket which is designed for easy storage. Contains enough supplies for 3 days. The food and water has a 5-year shelf life from the date of manufacture. Weighs 21 pounds with dimensions 15.6 x 14.1 x 13.1 inches.
What it Includes
- (1) Honey Bucket w/Lid
- (4) Food Bars (2400 calories each)
- (4) Solar Blankets
- (24) Pouches of Water
- (4) Dust Masks
- (4) Ponchos
- (1) 12 Pack of Liners
- (6) Wet Naps
- (1) 12 Hour Light Stick
- (1) Chemical Toilet Disinfectant
- (1) Roll Duct Tape (10 yards)
- (1) Gas & Water Shut Off Tool
- (1) 15″ Pry Bar
- (1) First Aid Kit (54 pieces)
- (1) Dynamo Flashlight/Radio
- (1) Pair of Leather Palm Gloves
- (1) Utility Knife
- (1) 5 in 1 Whistle (whistle, water-resistant storage container, compass, signaling mirror, and flint)
- (50) – Water Purification Tablets
This emergency kit is good for the home or office. I like how it comes in a bucket for easy storage and it can also be used to store water or other things during an emergency. The gas & water shut off tool is a good thing to have to prevent any further damage in the form of explosions or flooding. I also like the 5 in 1 whistle which serve as a whistle (obviously), a water-resistant storage container to keep your matches dry, a compass to help you navigate if conditions are really bad and there are no landmarks to help you identify where you are, signaling mirror for signalling rescue workers about where you are, and flint to help you start a fire. The water purification tablets are a nice combination with the bucket where you can store water as I eluded to earlier.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Reviews: Over 190
For 4 people
This emergency kit contains US Coast Guard approved food and water and enough supplies for 3 days. The food and water has a 5-year shelf life from the date of manufacture. Weighs 19.7 pounds and dimensions of 18 x 12 x 8 inches.
What it Includes
- (4) Food Bar Packs (2400 Calories per bar)
- (4) Boxes of Water (1 Liter)
- (4) Emergency Ponchos
- (4) Survival Blankets
- (1) Emergency Power Stations – Flashlight/AM-FM Radio/Siren/Cell Phone Charger
- (1) Duct Tape (10 yards)
- (1) Multi-Function Pocket Tool
- (1) First-Aid Kit (107 pieces)
- (4) Emergency Lightsticks (12-hr)
- (8) 10″ Nitrile Gloves
- (4) Safety Goggles
- (4) Niosh N-95 Dust Mask
- (4) Pocket Tissue Packs
- (1) Pair of Leather Gloves
- (1) Emergency Whistle
- (12) Pre-Moistened Towelettes
- (3) Bio-Hazard Bags
- (1) Backpack
This is a pretty good kit that is very transportable as it comes in a backpack which may come in handy if you need to evacuate the building. I like that the backpack frees both your hands as you’ll most likely need them during an emergency. Because it’s so compact, you can keep one in your home, office, and car because you never know where you will be when an earthquake strikes. It contains all the essential items recommended by the Red Cross and I like the emergency power station which is a 4-in-1 (flashlight, AM/FM radio, siren, cell phone charger) which is hand crank powered so you don’t have to depend on batteries and you don’t need to use so many different.
I also like that it comes with a multi-function pocket tool that can be used for a variety of things and is really handy when an emergency strikes. Did some research on the seller and they are an actual company that has facilities in 5 locations along the west coast. They do community training and also support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Reviews: Over 50
For 4 people
This emergency kit comes in a duffel bag for easy transport. food and water and enough supplies for 3 days. The food and water has a 5-year shelf life from the date of manufacture. Weighs 21 pounds with dimensions 15.6 x 14.1 x 13.1 inches.
What it Includes
- (48) Pouches of Datrex Water
- (48) Food Bars (200 calories each sealed in packs of 12)
- (40) Water Purification Tablets
- (1) Hand Crank AM/FM Radio
- (1) Hand Squeeze Rechargeable Flashlight
- (1) 5 in 1 Survival Whistle
- (1) Box of 50 Water Proof Matches
- (1) Fire Starter
- (4) Mylar Sleeping Bags
- (4) Emergency Poncho with Hood
- (2) 2 Person Tube Tent with Rope
- (1) 16 Function Knife
- (1) Pair Leather Palm Gloves
- (1) 50 Foot Rope
- (4) Personal Hygiene Kits
- (4) N95 Masks
- (8) Tissue Packs
- (1) Large First Aid Kit
- (1) Water/Gas Shut Off Wrench
- (1) Can Opener
- (2) Waste Bags
- (1) 2.5 Gallon Water Bag
- (4) Body Warmers Packs (lasts 16 – 20 hrs)
- (4) 12 Hour Light Sticks
- (1) Portable Stove with Fuel Tablets
- (1) Package of Survival Candles
- (1) Deck of Cards
This emergency kit is more well rounded and contains a lot more items than the other two which is probably why it’s more expensive. One thing I really like about this one is that it comes with a portable stove with fuel tablets. I know most emergency kits come with the typical high-calorie bars but it’s nice to store some more tasty food like freeze dried lasagna and be able to warm it up using the stove. It’ll also come in handy cooking canned soup and boiling water. Another thing that I like is the 2 Person Tube Tent which helps provide shelter from the cold if you’re forced to evacuate your home. The body warmer packs add some comfort to help keep you warm. They added a deck of cards to keep you entertained but you can buy a deck of cards anywhere and add it to your kit yourself but it’s a nice touch.
This kit contains all the essential supplies as the other two kits but has a lot of other items that help for survival as well as comfort.
Which Earthquake Kit is the Best?
The Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit wins top prize as it’s reasonable price and quality products make it stand out. The portable backpack allows for easy transport and can be stored in your home, office, or car. The number of positive reviews on Amazon shows just how good this product is. And I always like a company that supports their community and at the same time spread awareness. The company specializes in emergency safety products and have been around since the 90’s so they are very reputable.
The Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe – 72 Hour Kit comes in at a close second as it has all the essential survival items and even though it’s more expensive than the other two kits, it has a lot more survival supplies as well as other beneficial survival items such as a portable stove and tube tents which the other two don’t have.
The Mayday Deluxe Home Honey Bucket Survival Emergency Kit comes in at third but is still a very good earthquake kit. The bucket ensures that the supplies are safe even from water and can be used as a container to hold and store water. It has all the recommended survival items and is a good starter kit.