Emergency planning links updated June 2020 – please advise if links are not working.
We do not sell or make any commission on the products listed. Prices are an indication only and are likely to change over time.
The apps and equipment are a personal preference.
Products have been tested in adverse conditions
They are robust and fit for purpose.
Trade Me or eBay supply great used items - particularly expensive items like Gore-Tex
Contact us with questions or suggestions
Prices are a rough guide
Avoid cotton clothing for emergency use. You are very likely to get hypothermia if is gets wet.
Do not use dynamo crank torch/radio combos. They are unreliable.
Avoid muesli bars or snack bars. They do not have a long shelf life or have been eaten by the kids.
Products and equipment used by Disaster Prepare team
Everyday carry items
Olight SR 1 Baton – 0.5 – 900 lumen - see more under torches below
Leatherman Sidekick - $145
Face Shield $20 - depending where you get them
Emergency whistle $23 - remove paper scroll - ideal to store small tablets / cash
Emergency walk home bag
This is designed to be a compact lightweight bag for rapid evacuation (running) from Tsunami Zones accordingly it does not include much water, but including the water filter allows safe water to be obtained from other sources.
I have extensively tested these items in all weather conditions including heavy rain and gales.
Basic items to survive the first 12 - 24 hours accounting for adverse weather
Small Camelbak day pack - (Waterproofed with Nikwax) - 2nd hand $35
Dust mask - $2.65
Kevlar gloves - $20
Power Cap - hat with head torch under $25 from Bunnings
Mac in a Sac Jacket - $85 - Excellent ultra compact high performance waterproof - windproof - breathable at a fraction of the cost of Gore Tex
Mac in a Sac pants - $50 - Excellent ultra compact high performance waterproof - windproof - breathable at a fraction of the cost of Gore Tex
Tyvek overall - $11.50 - Great lightweight extra layer
Survival Reflect Poncho - $15.50
2 x 600 ml pump water bottles
Water filter – $35 Compact and affordable screws onto pump bottle
1 x Emergency food - $12- portable long lasting affordable 1200 calories
2 x Small Up and Go liquid breakfast 200 calories each
Mini Bic lighter
Spare CR123 battery (For Olight SR1 Baton edc light)
Mini hygiene kit - $15 - Vacuum sealed kit - mini hand sanitiser - small pack wet ones - toilet roll - latex gloves - bin liner
Large heavy duty garden bin liner bag
Gerber Dime mini multi tool - $35 Trade me
Printed/laminated list of important contact phone numbers
The tools listed below are specialist items and can be replaced with a cheap pry bar or other items that suit your specific needs
Swedish fireknife - $50 - Great small fixed blade knife with fire-steel fire lighting rod
Wooden door wedge
Emergency equipment in our vehicles to stay warm in bad weather or delayed getting home
Survival reflect tent - $28.76
SOL escape bivvy - $120 - mini waterproof breathable sleeping bag. Great kit works well - reusable
Compact inflatable mattress - $100 including shipping - Compact - light weight - comfortable
Panasonic radio - under $50
Powerall Deluxe - Portable power bank for recharging smart phones or jump starting your car $220
Change of clothes
Additional food and water
Water purification and storage - my pick would be the 10 l containers - large mouth - stack-able
Survive-It Ltd supply a full range of emergency equipment and flood protection
First Aid Training – Life Care Consultants
Top gear - Quality knives and axes
Gearshop - Quality camping accessories
Here are 2 torches I recommend and use on a daily basis. I have used these for the past 18 months - they have had hard use - been dropped and gone through the washing machine and still work flawlessly
Top pick - Info and buy here. Olight SR 1 Baton – 0.5 to 900 lumen Run time 15 days on 0.5 lumen down to 50 minutes on max setting. Although not a head torch it can easily clip onto a cap to be used as a head torch
Info and buy here Olight H1R Nova - 2 – 600 Lumen (head torch and hand held) Run time 6 days on 2 lumen down to 80 minutes on 600 Lumen
Compact – rugged - waterproof
4 brightness settings
Massive run time on low settings
Very bright setting if needed
Flat tail cap allows then to stand upright
Magnetic base very useful
Belt clip and lanyard
The S1 Baton and H1 Nova are not rechargeable – make sure you select the SR1 Baton or HR1 Nova for rechargeable versions.
They function with the supplied CR123R (rechargeable) and the standard CR123A disposable batteries. These batteries are not cheap so would recommend extra cost to buy the rechargeable torches.