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Building a Basic Emergency Tool Kit

A Basic Emergency Tool Kit

Preparing for an emergency or a disaster can be difficult as you try to decide exactly what you will need. However, a collection of useful tools can help you and your family ride out a disaster more easily than might otherwise be the case. We have all heard the saying “For want of a nail, a horse was lost; For want of a horse, a rider was lost…”Well, the same thing is true during unusual circumstances; there are certain tools that will help you to survive during even the worst disaster.


There are times when emergency shelter is necessary. If you have a tent on hand, assuming you are still in the vicinity of your home, you will not be overly stressed out, even if your home is uninhabitable. However, there may be a time when you will need to construct temporary housing, and this can be much easier if you have the following tools on hand:hand saw, hammer, nails, staple gun, and plastic sheeting. These simple tools will enable you to saw branches or boards and construct a simple, but weatherproof shelter. This can be especially important if the weather is wet or cold.


Being able to build a fire can provide you with both a means of cooking food and providing heat. Both your hand saw and hatchet can be valuable here, as you will be able to saw through fallen branches or other dry wood for fuel. After the wood is in a manageable size, the hatchet can be used to break the pieces up further. It would also be a good idea to have a magnesium fire starter in your emergency tool kit, these starters will work even when waterproof matches fail you.


If electrical, water, and sewage lines are down, you will need fairly quickly to provide adequate sanitation for your family. Your shovel will be the tool of choice here, as you will be able to dig a hole to bury any waste and garbage that will accrue. Be sure to place this at least 50 feet away from a water source and where food is prepared. Dig the hole deep enough, and fill it in right away to prevent animals from digging up what you have disposed of.

Sometimes, during a time of torrential or heavy, steady rain, your shelter may be threatened by runoff. Once again, you will be able to dig a trench around your shelter and direct the water away from where you and your family are temporarily living.

A Few Miscellaneous Tools

Besides the tools mentioned above, there are a few other important items that can help to make your disaster situation more bearable. You should have a pair of scissors and a knife in your basic tool kit, and a length of rope can also find uses during an emergency. Having some basic tools can make all the difference when you are confronting an emergency or disaster.