Portland Earthquake Kits sells 30-90 day earthquake preparedness kits for business continuity and homeowner recovery.

Homeowners need a basic comfort kit for living for months without city services.

Most homeowners will stay in their homes after a major quake, and you will need more than a 72 hour bag. Our Essentials Kit contains only critical items – the ones you really need, the ones you don’t already have, and the ones you can’t have too much of – at a price every homeowner can afford.

Invest in business continuity, and stay open after an earthquake.

50% of all businesses close after a major disaster, and businesses that stay closed for 5 days have a 90% chance of never opening again. Let’s do better! Your services will still be needed by Portlanders – AND an army of aid workers with cash in hand. We can help you stay open, even without electricity or running water.

Preparing adequately takes time, effort, and can be expensive and overwhelming. We can help! We’ve done the research, and can provide you what you need for less than it would cost you on your own. Promise.

Prepare your home or business
Earthquake Essentials Kit

This kit is designed for homes and/or businesses and contains the minimum, essential items that you will need to establish a basic level of safety, hygiene and comfort. It includes protection from the elements, first aid, a place and plan for going to the bathroom, emergency lighting for your home or office, emergency radio/phone charger, and more.

Comes with storage instructions, Earthquake Preparation Checklist, Earthquake Action Plan, RDPO Bucket Toilet Guidelines, Post-Earthquake information, and map/list of BEECN sites where you can get aid and information after an earthquake. Kit contents and details in kit description.
How will you get home?
Commuter Emergency Bag

All our N95 healthcare masks have been donated to local hospitals and are currently unavailable. Commuter bags are being offered at a lower price and will not include masks until further notice.

If you commute to work and there is an earthquake, you will have to walk home, as long as it takes. For those who work downtown, there may also not be means of crossing the river for several days, and you may have to live out of the office till then. This commuter bag is an emergency comfort kit to get you through the first 24-48 hours.

This kit comes in a heavy-duty, waterproof drawstring backpack small enough to fit under the driver or passenger seat of most cars and trucks, or out of sight in a desk drawer. It contains the most essential items you will need, including a basic first aid kit, emergency water, sanitary supplies, and more. (See below for detailed list.) There is additional room for a warm hat, clean pair of socks, extra medications, or other small items.

Portland residents: Consider adding a laminated folding map of the city, as you will likely have to navigate home on unfamiliar roads. (See below)

Quantity discounts available! Buy for your whole office.

5 bags: $41.06 each (20% off)

Storing water for emergencies


The City of Portland recommends a 2 week minimum supply of water for each person and/or pet. If you need water containers, choose from the options below.

  • Containers are BPA-free, durable, and long-lasting.
  • Store in a cool, dry place free of chemicals or toxins.
  • Containers come with a spigot and vent cap for easy dispensing.

How much do I need?

  • 1 person: minimum 2 (7 gallon) containers
  • 2 people/pets: 4 containers
  • 3 people/pets: 6 containers
  • 4 people/pets: 8 containers or 1 drum
  • 5 people/pets: 10 containers or 1 drum and 2 containers
  • 6 people/pets: 12 containers or 1 drum and 4 containers

For more information and suggestions about buying, storing, and preparing water containers, see the Guidelines for storing water for an earthquake. It is also recommended to replace the water every six months, although water never goes bad.

55 Gallon Drum Kit

55 gallon drum

Help reduce waste while saving money! A refurbished 55 gallon drum is the most inexpensive and often the most convenient way to store water. Drums have been previously used for food or beverages, and come triple hot-washed with a water jet and treated with bleach to remove residual flavors. Drum has closed top with 2 bungs (holes) for filling.

Price includes bung wrench for opening the bungs caps on the top and heavy-duty siphon for retrieving water. 25/50 foot RV water hose recommended for filling.

Delivery free to Portland area only. 

Reliance Aqua-Tainer water storage container

Reliance Aqua Tainer

These rugged, 7 gallon BPA-free water storage containers are the most popular option on the market. Its square shape is convenient for compact floor storage, inside or outside your home or office, and it comes with a sturdy handle and an adjustable spigot so that it can be placed on its side on a table for dispensing water easily with low flow.

Sold as a 2-pack (14 gallons, enough for 1 person / 2 week minimum per city guidelines.)

Delivery free to Portland area only. 

Reliance Jumbo Tainer water storage container

Reliance Jumbo Tainer

Another great option by Reliance, these 7 gallon containers feature a tall, slim design that makes them easier to store large quantities of water when horizontal space is limited, and easier to carry than square or round containers. They come with a spigot for easy table dispensing and two handles, making their weight easier to handle between two people.

Sold as a 2-pack (14 gallons, enough for 1 person / 2 week minimum per city guidelines.)

Delivery free to Portland area only. 


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Disclaimer: The kits sold by Portland Earthquake Kits under any name, including the “Essentials Kit”, ​are not intended to be considered comprehensive, exhaustive, or complete. Portland Earthquake Kits cannot guarantee that our kits will cover your entire, essential, immediate, or most important needs after any type of disaster. For more details please review our Terms and Conditions.

Where can I go to get help after an earthquake?

BEECN Map Portland

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Managment has a map of BEECN Nodes where you can get information after an earthquake.

How long will services be down after an earthquake?

Estimate of service downtime

The Oregon Resilience Plan provides the most accurate information about how our infrastructure will be affected, including an estimate of service outages after a major earthquake. Some services will return within a couple months, but running water and sewer systems will take longer.

What is the earthquake risk for my neighborhood?

Earthquake Hazard Map City of Portland

The City of Portland has an interactive map that shows the earthquake risk for different locations in the region. You can search on a specific address where you live or work, or scroll out for a more general view.

Go to the site, enter in your address, and scroll down to “Relative Earthquake Hazard”.

Information about earthquakes in our area can be found under the Resources link in our top menu, including interactive earthquake maps and links to city, state, regional, and national disaster management resources.