By Daisy Warfel
We live in a world of uncertainty so it is important to be prepared. It doesn’t matter if we are facing the possibility of a hurricane, an earthquake or perhaps even a national emergency, you would want to have the items necessary to survive that time. Although the specifics of your survival kit may differ from one emergency to another, there are some common factors which should always be included.
Water – Your survival often depends on having a supply of water available. The amount of water that you need is estimated to be one gallon per person per day.
Food – Make sure to include nonperishable items that are easy to prepare. Check for any expiration dates and rotate your stock as needed.
First Aid Kit – You should stock a first aid kit in your home survival kit, as well as one for emergency evacuation. Include items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes and antibacterial cream. It is also a good idea to have a space blanket, a breathing barrier, tweezers, scissors and an instruction book on how to do basic first aid.
Flashlight – Having a flashlight on hand can make a difference in your survival. Make sure you also include plenty of fresh batteries.
Medications – If you are using any prescription medications, keep a 7 day supply on hand. You should also include a supply of common medications, such as pain relievers and Benadryl.
Cell phone – Having a way to contact the outside world in the event that you are cut off from civilization is extremely important. You should have a cell phone available but also ensure that you have a method of charging the battery, even if the grid is down.
Cash – Keep some extra money in your emergency survival kit. Keep smaller bills on hand so you don’t have to ask somebody to make change.
Handcrank radio – Having a handcrank radio is an excellent way for you to get information about the outside world. Try to choose a radio which allows you to get NOAA weather reports.
Multipurpose tool – These small tools can do a number of jobs and are indispensable, when you are in an emergency situation. It is much easier for you to pack a small, multipurpose tool than to pack larger tools that would do the same basic job.
Maps – Even if you feel that you know your way around the area, include detailed plans in your emergency survival kit. Things may look differently, depending upon the nature of the emergency and using a map may make a difference in helping you get to safety.
These are just some of the basic items that would be included in your emergency survival kit. You may also need other items, depending upon the dynamics of your family. They may include games or activities that would keep your children busy, baby supplies, pet supplies and two-way radios. The more prepared you are for an emergency situation the more likely it is going to be that you will come through it safely. Take the time now to prepare yourself for issues that could occur.
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