The list author says: "I don't think most people realize the government will not be able to help you in the short term for many different emergencies. Although they will eventually get to you FEMA and every other organization is counting on you having at least 72 hours of supplies...
This list is of items that I have purchased and feel comfortable recommending. Keep in mind that this list is specific to my needs in my location. I appreciate and apologize for the irony of my title choice. I fully intended to make a list suitable for every home, however the best kit is the one that is specific it your home needs.
Which is to say; develop your own kit based on your needs, specific conditions, and probability of certain disasters. For instance you may live in an area with a high likelihood of a snowstorm taking out heating and power. Then a generator or extra propane makes more sense, than the 112 gallons of water storage I need. Or if you have a plentiful stock of fresh water without relying on the tap then those dehydrated meal cans might make a lot of sense for you. The point is to evaluate your family’s needs, area, climate, weather, and likelihood of specific disasters.
I would love to say you can use one or any of the kits that easily fit in a 5 gallon bucket and cost less than $100. These kits will only appease your guilt. The minor issues are the quality of some items are too poor to use, you will need more of other items, and supplies specific to your area are completely missing. The major issue is that it boxes your thinking to only use items in the bucket. Recognizing the items and assets you already have around the house is key to emergency survival. I would hate to see some people trying to use the emergency pup tent of the bucket while their home is only partially busted by a fallen tree.
Additionally this is only the stuff I have assembled for at the house. Always have a tailored evacuation bag/list, and first aid kit."
"Use at home for a wine cellar or Good Beer in your man cave, in the car for camping, and eprep. You will eat everything in your fridge first. For the small number of things you might need to keep cool use this. Expensive but worth it."
"If your a camper you likely already have a two burner model, skip to next item. If you are not a camper this single burner will work very well and not take up too much space in your kit. REMEMBER TO GET SOME PROPANE TANKS!"
"Catch-22. This is a better stove choice for an emergency than the propane stove as you can use white gas or unleaded. However novices should stick to the ease of a propane stove and canisters. If you are a camper who already has a propane stove, consider adding this to your kit."
"I have one by each door. That way everyone's first instinct is to get out. If its small you can always take the extinguisher back to the fire. If it's moderate/big the extinguisher won't do anything so just head all the way out."
"Another great radio for somewhere in your home or car. In my testing the Eton was better but for $10 this performed very well. AM reception was the same for both models, but the Sony lagged on FM reception. Bundled with the other capabilities of the Eton will make it my primary choice."