Emergency Preparedness

Is your family prepared? Get ready for any situation with survival gear and emergency preparedness supplies hand-picked by the experts at Smith & Edwards. We've been around since 1947, so we know what it takes!


About Emergency Prep at Smith & Edwards

We've combed our store to find the best survival products! Four of our in-store experts collaborated to build this selection of Emergency Preparedness supplies, so that no matter the situation - flood, fire, tornado, snowstorm, hiking, power outage, flat tire on a snowy mountain pass, or zombie apocalypse, you'll have important tools needed to survive.

You'll find individual supplies and refills, as well as 72 hour kits assembled and ready to go. Not sure what goes into a 72 hour kit? Don't worry! Get started with our Essentials List above, or download a complete list here. We have all the items needed to make your own, including multiple category selections to help you find the best for your budget and family needs. Does your church, school, local community, business, or other large group want to put together some emergency preparedness kits? We can help with larger projects too!

Preparing individual emergency kits for your family? Download a personal ID card here to attach to each family member's bag for fast identification when an emergency strikes.

From First Aid Kits to Food Storage supplies & equipment, you'll find everything you need to prepare yourself and your household for anything.

Camping buyer Mike Vause and Accessories buyer Jean Dimick collaborated to create the Survival department - and they know what you need, because they use these kits themselves!
JEAN DIMICK & MIKE VAUSE
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Paracord & Rope

Paracord & Rope

All the rope and cord you want with you in your bail-out bag, emergency kit, or camping bag. Don't forget our huge selection of 550 paracord - check out our paracord colors here!

Whether you're preparing to go camping, or you're getting your survival kit ready, an extra set or two of sleeping bag straps will come in handy. Precut to the right size, with excellent buckles, these sleeping bag straps will easily wrap around your sleeping bag, laundry, fresh clothes, empty gear bags, blankets, or your tarp, so you can pack that gear easily. Attach your strapped roll to your backpack or harness with carabiners for hands-free carrying.

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Emergency Tools and Gear

Emergency Tools and Gear

The tools & equipment to get you through the long night. Machetes, cord, saws, straps, and hatchets. These are the kinds of tools you need to get you out of a serious bind.

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Water Filtration, Storage, & Backpacks

Water Filtration, Storage, & Backpacks

Wherever you're camping or hiking, even just building an emergency kit at home, Smith and Edwards has your emergency water solutions.

When you're hiking or camping in the woods, there's no sweeter sound than a trickling brook or the roar of a river. But you know better than to refill your water bottle and take a drink!

It's easy to purify your water with modern tools. We've got water filters, which are perfect for taking out bacteria and chemicals. They're a camper's favorite, never leave home without a water filter when you're headed for the trail! Iodine water tablets will also kill bacteria for you. And while you're at the river, you might as well take more water with you, so grab a couple hydration packs or bladders so you can keep hiking and exploring nature. We've even got packs of water you can keep with your camping gear so you've always got emergency water.

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Emergency Meal Preparation

Emergency Meal Preparation

In any survival situation - earthquake, hurricane, blackout, or stranded in your car - you'll be glad you planned ahead. You'll find portable stoves, emergency eating utensils (great to have in the car!), and campfire utensils here. We've chosen the best tools from our Camping Department that you can rely on in any emergency situation. Borrow some tips from hikers and campers to build your own emergency prep meal kit.Click here for emergency food to keep on hand.

Having a way to prepare and eat food in an emergency situation means you can wait it out til help arrives or the power comes back on. Whether that's cans of chicken in your trunk or freeze-dried meals in your bail-out bag, you'll be able to keep your head clear and your energy steady in a survival situation. We've selected the best eating utensils and methods to cook and heat your emergency food. If you know how to make survival food, you can help yourself as well as your family and those around you. Whether an earthquake hits, hurricanes or floodwaters rise, or the power goes out in an ice storm - you'll be prepared.

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Emergency Food and Food Storage

Emergency Food and Food Storage

Get your family ready for any emergency or situation with an emergency food storage solution that you can build yourself. You may have a freezer full of food, but if the power's out and you lose that food, you've still got plenty of meals to keep your family going with dehydrated food, MREs, and other emergency food in your food storage cupboard. You'll also find calorie bars and rations to pack in your car or take along on camping trips to keep your energy up.

Tips about Emergency Food and Food Storage

Food storage isn't only for emergencies! Keep an eye on the expiration dates on this food, and rotate it into your meal planning, replacing old food with new emergency food, so it's fresh if you ever need to use it.

Supplementing dried or dehydrated meals with canned or preserved foods? Check out our Canning Supplies for all your canning, preserving, and dehydrating needs.

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First Aid & Emergency Kits

First Aid & Emergency Kits

To be prepared in case of injuries, accidents, and natural disasters, you have to have the right stuff. That is why, here at Smith & Edwards, we have the best emergency preparation equipment. 72-hour Kits are recommended by many in case you get stuck somewhere for a while to have first aid supplies, ways to keep warm, even food to eat. Keep a First Aid Kit in your car or in your home for any accident or injury. Or, you can build your own kit! Keep it all at-hand with a nice, heavy duty survival pack.

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Fire & Lighting Essentials

Fire & Lighting Essentials

Light your way to safety with these emergency lights and lanterns. Stock your bail-out bag or emergency kit with LED flashlights, headband lights, and don't forget about lanterns! Great in any emergency situation, from blackouts to late-night tire changes, you'll have a back-up light to rely on.

Light your way through the storm, along the highway, or just down to the braker with these emergency lanterns and flashlights from Smith & Edwards. We've got your emergency lighting needs: battery-powered or solar-powered, even Cyalume Glow Sticks that power themselves, all these emergency lights are portable and easy to store in your kit. Plus, you'll find emergency candles here that are great for warmth as well as light. You'll round out a very important component of your emergency gear with these lighting essentials.

Here's a DIY emergency lighting  idea: take an emergency candle or two, place them in a wide mouth pint or quart  Mason jar with some matches or a lighter, and then screw on a plastic lid to keep the kit together. Now when the lights go out, you've got a candleholder and heat source for warming your food.

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Emergency Shelters

Emergency Shelters

As we all know, sometimes things don't go down how we plan. Keeping an emergency shelter with you in your vehicle, or in a 36 hour bug-out pack helps ensure you are prepared for whatever the elements throw at you, at a moment's notice.

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Heating & Accessories

Heating & Accessories

Nothing beats the smells of campfire and the invitation for s'mores and good conversation. You'll find the necessary tools to make your campfire last with our selection of tinder, matches, and fire starters. Stock your trailer with sleeping bags and blankets that will reflect rain and are great for emergencies or just to have on hand when sleeping under the stars is a must!

When you are on the trail or hiking that perfect mountain, be prepared for any situation with a poncho, emergency blanket, or survival tool. You'll find a variety of lightweight accessories that are compact and perfect to pack in your hiking or trail riding gear. You can also find a few first aid supplies that are great for the prepared outdoor enthusiast.

You will also find high quality and long lasting portable propane heaters that will keep the family warm and happy as you take on any adventure or are great to have when working on outdoor projects, in your shop, or garage.

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Communication & Navigation

Communication & Navigation

Whether you're building your 72-hour kit or roadside emergency kit, or you're looking for more camping gear that you can also keep in your bail-out bag, you'll find all the emergency navigation tools you need, as well as ways to keep in contact with your family as well as news stations and weather updates. We've put together some of our most reliable equipment here for you to add to your survival kit.

Whether you're expecting to spend time in the woods, or you just want to be prepared for disaster, this is a great place to start. We've got great survival compasses here that will help you find your way out of the woods, or to safety. You'll find emergency whistles and signals, that will help you keep in touch with your group, or help you locate missing people. And our emergency radios have been chosen for their extreme utility. Battery-powered, hand-crank, and solar-powered, these radios will help you figure out what to do next - stay, or proceed - in a weather or emergency event. You'll be able to protect your family and make solid decisions with the emergency communication and navigation tools we've selected for you here at Smith & Edwards.

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