As the title suggests this is a product you utilise in the case of an emergency. Typically a survival kit comprises of a selection of items that can be called upon in difficult times such as the result of a flood, fire, earthquake, cyclone (hurricane) etc.
Emergency kits have burst back into the collective conscience recently after the terrible natural disasters that were visited upon Japan, New Zealand (earthquakes), Australia, Brazil (floods), and China (floods,earthquakes). On each occasion these populated cities/countries have been brought to their knees by lengthy power/water outages, and transport disruptions cutting those all important food deliveries. It is these post disaster effects that most people are not prepared for. This is where an Emergency Preparedness Kit comes in handy.
There has always been lengthy debate about exactly what should be included in an Emergency Survival Kit. But there is relative consensus on the following items (tarp or tent for shelter, knife, waterproof matches or fire starter, first aid kit, whistle, signal mirror, radio, dust masks, work gloves, pen and paper, torch, long lasting candle, water or water treatment tablets, high calorie food/energy bars, warm blankets (if possible emergency space blankets).
I keep my own Survival Kit ready at the top of my pantry. It contains the following items (waterproof barrel bag, First Aid kit, 5 litre collapsible water container, 15 in 1 survival tool, 7 in 1 torch, tarp for shelter, rope, 75 hour burn candle, 50 tablet box of aquatabs water purification, rain ponchos, travel sewing kit, electric tape,emergency blanket, fishing reel/line/sinker/hook, dust masks, AM/FM radio (inc batteries), waterproof matches, notepad & pencil, and working gloves. Note I do not have any specific food items in my kit. This is because I have plenty of room in my bag to quickly throw in whatever is at hand, water bottles and canned food etc.
A search of the Internet for survival kits, emergency kits etc will quickly return results for a number of websites providing information on how to put together your own survival kit and other sites which will save you the time by doing it for you. It is your decision which option to take, but make sure that you carefully consider your local surroundings first. What natural disasters are most likely to effect you - Flood, Fire, Earthquake, Cyclone, Hurricane?
You will find that most kits are built to help you survive the first 72 hours of a disaster or 3 days. Important: It takes time for help to arrive in big disasters and remember the human body can only survive for a short period of time without food and water.
It is my sincere belief that every home should have an Emergency Kit prepared and ready to go. Protect your family, protect yourself. Be prepared.