Emergency Kits 101

You’ve seen this on the news during natural disasters, where grocery stores are picked clean of pretty much everything, where people are desperate to get the last pack of batteries. While it is hard to look at, you can actually avoid this scenario.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to stay on top of everything, we’ll tell you how to started, and a few tips to help you get started right now, so you’re on top of it all

First you may wonder where to begin. You might look at who the kit is for, and the kinds of emergencies that’ll affect you. You should consider the people, and the animals you’ll need a survival kit for, and of course, how many things you must buy. A survival kit for a couple versus  child will be very different in type.

Next, you’ll want to look at what kind of emergency you’re expecting. For example, if you live along the coastline, you’ve got to worry about flooding. In the Midwest, it’s more tornados and potentially earthquakes. You should prepare for those.  Does the emergency usually require you to stay, or will you need to evacuate? You may want to consider a portable evacuation kit for when you have to get on the road. If not, you may be able to have a little bit more prepared, since it isn’t limited by your movement.  Usually, most people aren’t prepared for this, but if you take the time to sit down and make sure that you have enough, you’ll be much happier.

So what are the essentials? Well first and foremost, is water. You need minimally one gallon of clean water on hand for a person each day, for both drinking water, and of course, sanitation as well. You can reuse different bottles and fill them, or you can get water from the store. If you’re making a survival kit for evacuation, you really shouldn’t bring too much.  You should consider a portable water filtering straw, since it’s small, packable, and lightweight too, and you can take them anywhere, and use them to drink from a water source.

Next is food. You need food.  You should consider some easy to eat foods, and some sustainable foods. You should keep foods on hand that you’ll eat though, since eating foods that you don’t like will make this worse. You should expand your kit to get meals which are hot, canned foods, or inexpensive foods, or you can get a freeze-dried meal pouch for a more lighter option that’s incredibly portable. Ration bars are usually the easiest to toss. You should replace them often, and use them when you’re just living, so that you’re not wasting money.

Finally, light and communication. Cell phones can only go so far, since towers do go down in big emergencies. An NAA radio is great because you can be informed of changes too. You should, however, consider some lights, candles, a charger, and also reducing the number of electronics.  You should also consider some combination items for those instances.  You should make sure that you also consider some LED power failure lights so that if the power goes out, they automatically work.

With the way emergencies happen, you honestly can never be too prepared, and most don’t realize how impactful this can be. Doing this will in turn help you improve your life, and make it so that you’re able to improve and increase your ability to handle this, and make it work in your own personal benefit as well.