The Definitive Guide to Building Your Own Tsunami Survival Kit

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When planning a tsunami evacuation, most people don’t think past getting out of the tsunami evacuation zone. But what do you do once you have reached safety? Do you have food to eat? Water to drink? How about fresh clothes?

Do you have what you need to survive a tsunami evacuation?

In this month’s post, we’ll go over what you need to build your very own tsunami survival kit.


Why You Need a Tsunami Survival Kit

Once you’ve made it out of the tsunami evacuation zone safely, you’ll need supplies to survive. This kit will get you through the days between surviving the tsunami surge and finding shelter and a reliable food source.

You’ll need…

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene items
  • Survival items

The hard reality is if a tsunami hits, there’ll be tens of thousands fleeing to safety. Every single one of these people will need food and water. With major infrastructure critically damaged, it may be a while before reinforcements are available for that many people.

Tsunami Evacuation Zones

Just as important as a tsunami survival kit is an understanding of the tsunami evacuation routes and evacuation zones in your area.

Make sure to consult local resources and get a sense of where your home lies.

Prepare for 72 Hours

The general rule of thumb: 72 hours of supplies for your tsunami survival kit.

This will let you survive the initial scarcity of food that will take place, but also let you have a light enough bag to escape the surge.


Your Tsunami Survival Kit

Your Tsunami Survival Kit can be adjusted based on your preferences, but there are a number of necessary items to include.

Below we’ve gone through what you will need for a complete kit.

Food, Water, and Cooking Supplies

Evacuating and seeking shelter will be stressful. Make sure to include enough food so you have the energy to stay alert and think clearly.


Depending on your preferences, you can adjust the exact food you’d like in your kit. The only requirements are that the items are non-perishable, don’t require cooking, and there is enough for every family member for three days.

Some recommended food items are…

  • Canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Protein bars
  • Dried peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned juice


Nothing is more necessary for survival than clean, potable water. After a tsunami, your local water source is going to be vulnerable. The tsunami may have compromised infrastructure, disrupting access to clean water.

Make sure to have…

Cooking Supplies

You can’t eat without cutlery! Additionally, make sure you include a can-opener if you have included any canned foods in your kit.

What you need…

  • Plastic plates
  • Silverware
  • Knife
  • Can opener

Hygiene and Medical Items

Even if you’re safe and have made it out of the tsunami zone, you’ll still need to be clean and sanitary. You’ll also want to make sure you have the proper medical items needed for you and your family to stay healthy.

Hygiene Items

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moist towelettes
  • Toilet paper

Medical Items

  • First aid kit and book
  • Prescriptions
  • OTC medications like Advil and Tylenol
  • Extra glasses
  • Prescriptions


Having warm and rainproof clothing will go a long way in getting you through the days following a tsunami. Cotton fabrics will not insulate when wet and take longer to dry. Make sure all of your clothes are made from a material other than cotton, such as wool or a performance fabric.

We recommend every family member has a…

  • Rain jacket
  • Thermal lined coat
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Pair of boots or sturdy shoes
  • Pair of gloves
  • Couple pairs of wool socks


While you may find immediate temporary shelter for you and your family, it’s not guaranteed. You’ll need to pack shelter to protect you from the weather and keep you warm at night.

  • Tent (large enough for your whole family)
  • Sleeping bags or a thick wool blanket

Survival and Safety Supplies

These survival and safety items will help you get through the tough days following your evacuation.

  • Waterproof map of your local area
  • Battery or crank-powered radio
  • Flashlight (and batteries)
  • Light and waterproof matches
  • Long burning candle
  • Compass
  • Duct tape
  • Whistle
  • Signal flare


While you should have most things you need in your survival kit, you may need something more along the way. Since you will not be able to use your credit or debit card with electricity outages, you’ll need to have some cash on hand.

We recommend keeping at least $500 cash in your bag in the following denominations:

  • $340 in $20 bills
  • $70 in $10 bills
  • $50 in $5 bills
  • $30 in $1 bills
  • $10 in quarters.


An oft-overlooked part of any good survival kit are the documents that you and your family will need, if not during the emergency, then certainly after it. Keep all of these in a waterproof Ziploc bag.

  • Birth certificates
  • Wills
  • Insurance Forms
  • Emergency phone numbers and contact information (including that of local police and rescue agencies, as well as a designated out-of-state contact person)


Bag for Your Tsunami Survival Kit

Depending on how many family members you are planning for (or if it’s just you), you’ll have to take a different approach to how your tsunami survival kit is stored.

Since you’ll potentially have to carry your kit a long distance, we recommend splitting up your gear into multiple waterproof packs. Each able person should have their own pack containing personal items, including their own…

  • Food
  • Water
  • Clothing
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Hygiene and medical items

Group supplies should be broken up and dispersed among all bags. This will distribute the weight evenly so you can all make a quick escape.


Where to Store Your Tsunami Survival Kit

A tsunami survival kit will only be useful if you have access to it when you need it!

Your main kit should be at home, preferably in a place near the exit of your home. Make sure everyone knows where it is and understands the tsunami emergency plan for your family.

While it is unrealistic to think you can have your tsunami survival kit with you at all times, you should have smaller kits anywhere you spend a lot of time.

These could include your….

  • Car
  • Office
  • School
  • Place of Worship

These kits should include some food, water, maps, and other survival items.


Be Prepared for the Unexpected. Buy a RescuePod

You’ll not always be able to make it out in time. Whether you live too deep in a tsunami evacuation zone or can’t make it out due to unforeseen circumstances, don’t go unprepared!

For times when evacuation is not an option, a RescuePod by Reliable Emergency Shelters will give you the best chance at survival. Tested to withstand a tsunami surge and everything that comes with it, a RescuePod will be kept buoyant in its high-strength molded HDPE core and high visibility color.

Each pod is designed for two people and includes:

  • 3 days of food and water
  • A rescue beacon
  • A rescue tether
  • Peace of mind

Put yourself in the best possible situation to survive when there are no other options.

Contact us today to find out more on how to give yourself the best chance at survival.