Here are some frequently asked questions submitted by Survivault™ customers. Contact us to submit your own FAQ.

Q: Besides the essential disaster preparedness supplies Survivault™ recommends, is there anything else I need?
A: We recommend you supplement your essential disaster preparedness supplies with items like clothing, toiletries, medications, food for pets, and cash. We’ve provided a list of those items on this site, along with a list of optional equipment, such as a multi-purpose tool, walkie talkies, solar cell phone battery charger, rope, tarp, crow bar, ax, etc.

Q: Isn’t one of those 72 hour 4-person disaster kits enough?
A: These kits are better than nothing, but if you want to be truly prepared, they’re not enough. FEMA and other disaster agencies recommend having at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for personal consumption and hygiene, plus food and other items, sufficient for 7 days. These “72 hour” kits that come in a backpack or 5-gallon pail are not really enough for 3 days, let alone the recommended 7.

Q: Where should I store my supplies?
A: Many people store their supplies in plastic trash bins in their garage. Another alternative is a heavy duty plastic or resin storage shed. Suncast makes a nice one with a small footprint (4.5’L x 3.25’W x 3.75’H), 36 cu ft of storage, and access through both front  barn doors and a lid with hydraulic spring.

Attractive option for outdoor storage of disaster supplies

Attractive option for outdoor storage of disaster supplies

Wherever you place your supplies, it should ideally be cool and dark, with easy access.

Q: Do you recommend having a generator for my house?
A: A gas or diesel generator can be very useful when power is lost for an extended period of time. However, one significant challenge is having enough fuel to last several days, which can be both impractical and extremely dangerous to store. If you do get a generator, consider sharing its use with several neighbors and ask them to each store some fuel in return.

Q: I have a pool. Can’t we use that instead of storing so much water?
A: Pool water contains potentially harmful chemicals used to treat and keep the water clear. Consuming it in more than small quantities can have serious side effects on your body. Filtering the water, even with a really good camping water filter, will only remove particulate matter and some bacteria. It won’t remove all the chemicals in the water.

Q: There’s 40 gallons of clean water in our home’s water heater. Can’t we use that water instead of storing extra water?
A: The water in your water heater is better relied upon to back up the FEMA-recommended  supply of water you should store. In the event of a major earthquake, the water tank could very easily become punctured, compromised in other ways, or inaccessible. You can never have too much fresh water after a disaster, so we recommend relying on your water heater only as a back-up to the 7 gallons of water per person you should store along with your other earthquake supplies.