The idea of having a survival kit at home, office, school and any other building seems quite right to the people who know what an emergency situation could be like. But the people who rarely face any threat usually pay no attention to building an emergency survival kit. It can be turn out to be a wrong approach after the Hurricane Harvey had hit Houston, which was perceived to be the safest place in America to live in.
Here, you may wonder how to build an emergency survival kit. If you want to prepare a list of items, the list is going to be huge. Without categorizing, you will not be able to organize the kit in an ideal way. With the help of categorization, you will know what items belong to which category. Having a look at the categories will help you to understand the shortcomings of the kit pretty quickly.
Food and Water
Food and water are the most important necessities of an emergency survival kit.Emergency preparedness agencies like FEMA suggest people to add 3 days’ worth of food and water into their emergency survival kits. A gallon of water per day for one family member is the minimum requirement. This water is to be used for both drinking and sanitation purposes. It is also important to stock up the water for food cooking if you like to eat the foods after cooking. When it comes to the foods, you have to make sure that you are purchasing the non-perishable food items. Canned foods belong to that category. However, be sure about the expiration dates of the foods.
Emergency scenario items
There are some emergency items which you are going to have to include in your kit. These are not the foods. the items I am talking about mainly include flashlights, radio with extra batteries, help whistle, raincoats or ponchos, items to make fire, fire extinguisher, warm clothes, and blankets. To shut off your utilities, keep pliers or wrench in the survival kit. You will need it when you will have to leave your home in emergency. These tools can also be used to open the food cans.
It is important to add first aid supplies in an emergency survival kit. In this scenario, you have to make sure that you have all of the first aid items which might be needed during an emergency situation. These supplies mainly include bacitracin, bandages, antacids and ibuprofen. If you have children or elderly people living in your home, you need to gather the items of their needs and include them in the survival kit.