Thursday, March 20, 2014

Emergency Supply Kit

One of the basic tenets of living the survival life is to always be prepared. After all, you never know when a simple hike in the woods can turn into a life-threatening situation or when a natural disaster will turn your comfortable home into a bunker. Being prepared means always having basic survival gear with you at home or on the road, no matter where you're headed or how brief the trip.

A basic emergency supply kit for survivalists should include the following:

Basic Emergency Supply Kit for Survivalists

1. Water. Although people can survive without food for quite a while, water is essential to basic day-to-day survival. Because of this, it is recommended to have one gallon per person per day available (enough for two days at home and enough for three days away from home.) A pocket water purifier is also a good idea, so you can replenish your water supply.

2. Food. Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food items are also part of a complete survival kit. Again, enough for two days at home and enough for three days away from home.

3. Flashlight and extra batteries. You can't count on electricity in a crisis or emergency situation. Having a flashlight and a good supply of batteries stored in a plastic bag is essential.

4. Hand-crank radio. Having a radio can keep you apprised of an emergency situation a lot more reliably than a cell phone or mobile device that is dependent on reception issues and having the batteries fully charged.

5. First aid kit. Sprains, cuts and other emergency health situations can happen anywhere. Being prepared includes having a basic first aid kit on hand. It is advised to include bandages, antibiotic ointment, sterile gloves, scissors, aspirin, a blanket, tweezers and a non-glass thermometer.

6. Extra cash. In an emergency, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster, you likely won't be able to use credit cards or get to an ATM machine. Our "cash-less" society shuts down when there isn't any electricity.

7. Medications. In an emergency, you may not be able to get to your supply at home or to re-fill your prescriptions at the pharmacy. It is recommended to have a seven-day supply on hand at all times and make sure to rotate that supply regularly so you don't have expired medications in your emergency supply kit.

8. Family and emergency contact information. If you're separated from your family members in an emergency situation, you'll want to be able to call them to let them know you're okay. Equally, you may need police, fire or emergency medical personnel. It's wise to keep those numbers at hand, also.

Putting it together in an emergency supply kit helps you have the materials you need in the event of an emergency situation. It's all part of living the survival life, and such a kit will help you have peace of mind that you can handle whatever life has in store.

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Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

4 comments:

vlad said...

Yes, but .........
All these items are in addition to basic shelter items -- hooded rain suit (or lightweight hooded poncho, and aluminized space blanket worn as poncho liner), knit cap, gloves and hooded nylon shirt. Wet clothing causes hypothermia which kills you.
Forrest Gump said it best, "IT HAPPENS".

Gisele Lohan said...

I am glad to read this blog. I got here too useful information that would be so helpful for me and others also. In emergency what should we have to carry or store. You have posted good post.


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Christopher Johnson said...

Your article is perfect and is pointing out the right approach as well as first aid for medical emergencies. However, if you are looking for a perfect first aid kit, then you must include the following things in your list:
Cotton-tipped swabs
Thermometer
Needle and thread
Scissors
First aid handbook
Petroleum jelly

These are the most common and preferable things that must be included in your kit. Thanks and best of luck!!!

Daniel Wescott said...

I love survival kits. I have loads of them for accidents, calamities and mishaps like power outages. I had been thinking if I also needed one for fires since I don't have one for it. I know many people think it's weird but I'm an extremely risk averse person and I don't want to risk my life. I've been searching the internet for some ready-made survival kits for fires and related incidents and I found some really nice ones. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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