Your Tsunami Preparedness Kit

Kiki packing GIF, how to prepare for a tsunami
If Kiki can do it, so can you.

What does one put in a tsunami kit? A full size boat? A life vest for each pet? Anything you think might be useful could go in it, but making any kit at all is a better choice than leaving things to chance. So get started on your tsunami preparedness kit now! Your baseline goal is 3 days of survival supplies for your family in the event that you lose your housing, electricity, and access to clean water.

Include a few comfort items, but don’t overpack or include items that don’t serve a real purpose. Remember that you will likely start out in your vehicle in any evacuation, but your kit should be portable enough for your family to carry on foot if you have to leave your vehicle. According to, you should have an emergency kit in your home, office, and car. They should be customized to your family, but here are some suggestions!

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puppy life vest, how to prepare for a tsunami
Puppy life vest may be a necessity in your house. You do you.

Additional Supplies (depending on who is in your group)

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications (i.e. pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medications, etc.)
  • Infant formula, diapers, baby wipes, etc. 
  • Pet food and extra water for pets
  • Cash
  • Essential family documents:  insurance policies, identification forms, etc.
  • Sleeping bags/blankets for each member of your group
  • Change of clothes per person
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Disposable utensils and plates
  • Paper and pens
  • Activities to keep young children and restless adults occupied

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About the Authors

It takes a village! We are researching, writing and fact checking as a family. Collaboration is the name of the game, whether we’re running from a zombie horde or finding the best way to turn a complex concept into a deliciously digestible set of bullet points.

Katherine Esperanza is a Los Angeles based writer. When she's not conjuring new queer slice-of-life short stories, she's busy watching the newest films, out at queer shows, supporting queer artists, or just checking out the queer community as a whole.

A former international non-profiteer, small business owner, and co-op'er, Katherine is delighted to help introduce more leftist politics into the disaster preparedness/prepper sphere, which is currently far too right-wing.