What are your chances of surviving a disaster such as nuclear fallout, financial crisis, floods, extreme heat or even earthquakes and war? Unless you are prepared, pretty slim. Here are some vital tips and suggestions to help you improve your chances of survival
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Building Your Own Emergency Kit
There are a great variety of emergency kits available through various sites on the net. They range in the types of contents as well as the volume of contents.
Your basic kits would consist of food, sometimes water, various useful items such as torches, ropes, first aid materials. A lot will depend on how comprehensive you want the kit to be. A kit can be very skimpy and of little value in a real emergency, on the other hand it can be so large as to be unwieldy and rather like carrying around the kitchen sink. The trick is to strike a good balance.
The criteria for constructing an emergency kit are:
1. How many people is it for? Just one or the entire family. How many in the family?
2. How long will it have to last? The standard is around three months depending on the disaster.
3. If one has and will use a shelter, then most of the material in a survival kit would probably be in a shelter and quite comprehensive.
4. The basics should be in. Sufficient food to last the number of people the kit is designed for a specific period of time. Clean water for drinking. A first aid kit. Provision for making fires and giving light.
Here is a list of possible contents for a disaster survival kit. Not all would be needed perhaps and it would be up to you to decide what would go into your kit.
A container for the kit of course such as a carry bag or backpack for example.
Sufficient food to provide 2000 calories per day per person for the decided length of time. Usually in concentrated form such as nuts, dried fruit, food bars. Tinned food such as beans, meat, etc.
It is a good idea to have a stock of multivitamins and minerals also to supplement the food intake. One multivitamin per person per day helps to keep a balance.
A gallon of water per person per day if possible. With a shelter, usually there would be a tank with a high volume of water for drinking and cooking perhaps.
Small toiletry items such as soap, Toilet paper, wet wipes deodorant, Toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine napkins etc.
If it is expected one will be outside then a sleeping bag, bedroll and even a tent may come in handy.
Other useful items one can include are:
Two self-powered flashlights
Two self-powered radios
Extra batteries to suit
List of doctors and family contacts
Some silver coins could also be useful for trade or exchange.
If you have a pet then some concentrated pet supplies such as pet biscuits and small tins of meat
Ladies may want to take some skin cream and light make up.
Also be able to quickly lay hands on ID such as drivers licence, passport etc.
The first aid kit should contain:
Rolls of gauze
Petroleum jelly or other lubricant/moisturizer
With the exception of the water, bedroll and sleeping bag, most of the items are fairly small so will fit inside a good sized bag. Of course one can have two kits if there are more than one person.
The above would probably form the basic kit for surviving most disasters.