Best Earthquake Kit Review – Top 3 for Your Family of 4

Ready America Earthquake Kit

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.

Mayday Deluxe Home Honey Bucket Survival Emergency Kit

Honey Bucket Emergency Kit




Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Reviews: 19
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.


Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit

Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit




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.

Multi ToolI 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.


Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe – 72 Hour Kit

Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe - 72 Hour Kit


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?

First Prize

Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit









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.



Second Prize

Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe - 72 Hour Kit









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.



Third Prize

Honey Bucket Emergency Kit









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.


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  1. Uzodinma

    Thanks so much for the information loaded in your site about preparation of Earthquake.- pre, during and post happening. i was once in japan when an earthquake happened, though it was not devastating but the fear lived with me fill today. my question though is since Earthquake is something that can happen in a matter of some seconds, how do you deal with your kit. You dont carry the kit around how do you ensure it will be handy for you if any thing happens.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Great question. I should probably write a blog post about that. Thanks for the idea! Anyway, the best way to prepare yourself is to have an earthquake kit at home, one in your office, and one in your car. You’ll never know where you are when an earthquake hits. As for where you want to store them, in the car you’ll most likely store it in the trunk. For your office, I would recommend keeping it under or beside your desk if you have space. You would want it as close to where you would be most of the time. As for your home, it’s difficult to say as there’s such a big area to cover and you can think of situations where a certain location might not work. One good place is in your garage as most garages are built on concrete floors that might be more stable during a large earthquake but it defeats the purpose if you are trapped and cannot go outside. Another location is in a closet or shelf that’s close to where you occupy most of your time like near the living room or bedroom. My other suggestion is to leave it in the closet near the front door. The main thing is accessibility. You want to make sure it’s in a location where you’ll be able to easily access it so don’t pile things on or around it. When a major earthquake strikes, you don’t want to be wasting time shuffling under boxes trying to get your kit out. I know there isn’t a single answer to your question but hope that helps.

  2. Denise

    Hi there
    This is a great review of top 3 earthquake kits. I believe this kit can be useful for other natural disasters too. There are tornadoes ,earthquakes and hurricanes where I live.
    It is good to have a disaster plan always. Thanks for the reminder. I been thinking of design a plan for so long but I keep procrastinating.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment Denise!

      Yeah, most people will just think of taking action when they hear about the dangers of an earthquake but never actually take action. That’s what inspired me to create this site so that I can raise more awareness and educate people on the importance of earthquake preparedness and safety. glad you enjoyed the post!

  3. Matt

    Wow, these kits really come with everything! I think if you were to buy a survival kit price should not be an issue. What if something did happen and you really did need that portable stove or tube tent? Its always worth the price in a state of emergency. I am guessing these kits can also be used for any emergency not just earthquakes?

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yup, kits used for other emergencies are very similar so these can definitely be used for other disasters as well. You’re right, it’s definitely worth getting one because you never know when you’ll need them. Once you buy them you won’t really have to think of them and have the peace of mind that you’ll be prepared.

  4. Mark

    Hi Andy,

    I would like to tell a big thanks for you! You remind me with your post that we could never know what disaster can happen around us, and it is always good to have some safety equipment at home in case of emergency. Earthquakes happens very often nowdays, and maybe people would have bigger chance to alive with a kit like this.

    Thank you!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Mark! Yup, earthquake are happening everyday all over the world so it’s always a good idea to have an earthquake kit to be prepared and keep you and your family safe.


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