Preparedness is readiness for action some might even say awareness or attentiveness. In some people's minds, it is not a matter of if but simply a matter of when disaster will strike. People fail to prepare for various reasons among them economics, simple procrastination and the belief nothing will happen. Being prepared is essential to survival for you and your family. Keep in mind the ones that do not prepare for a disaster will be searching out the ones that did prepare when disaster does strike. Failing to be ready means, you will be a burden to some extent to others and the government. You can expect that your neighbors, friends and even strangers will seek you out for help once they realize you had prepared.
Once a major disaster strikes society will change yet will stay the same. Society will have the ones that thought ahead and assessed the risks and prepared for the risks, they will be the ones that are willing to work hard and do what it takes to survive and then there will be the ones who will look for leaders to show them the next step. What some may not realize is that the government will go into self-preservation mode during a major catastrophe. The government will commandeer supplies and talent such as doctors, engineers and others to keep the government alive. You as a citizen may very well be on your own for weeks or even months before disaster relief begins to trickle down. Everyone in your local government is just like you; they will be looking to keep their families alive.
An Emergency Kit for Surviving Any Disaster
The "doomsday preppers" in some cases, are preparing for a specific scenario such as a major volcanic eruption, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, armed take over and so forth. Some may stockpile specific supplies and materials based on a scenario they have in mind. However, most supplies are not crisis specific; in other words, there are certain things you will need regardless of the emergency.
The following list while not comprehensive will give the essentials needed to survive. Keep in mind you cannot possibly pack everything you may ever need into a pack. You must prioritize starting with shelter, water, fire/energy and food. Your kit must contain tools and materials that allow you to collect and purify water, build a shelter, make fire and find food by fishing, hunting and snaring game. Many people call their emergency bags 72-hour bags, bug-out-bags and go bags. The items are not for any particular scenario or disaster, but are the essentials to maintain life during any situation.
- · Backpack
- Two (2)Rain Ponchos Large Enough To Cover You And A Shouldered Pack (Emergency Shelter)
- · Ready To Eat Foods For 72-Hours
- · Water For Three Days: For Hydration Only A Person Needs Between 2-2.5 Quarts/Liters Daily: Typically Another Two Quarts/Liters Is Needed For Personal Hygiene
- · Waterless Body Wipes (This Will Conserve Your Water Supply) And Other Personal Hygiene Items
- · Multi-Tool/Knife Ensure It Has Pliers And Wire Cutters
- · Fixed Bladed Knife
- · Lensatic Compass With A Topographical Map Of Your Area And State
- · 12-15 Pound Monofilament Fishing Line (Monofilament Is less Brittle Meaning It Will Stretch Unlike Other Fishing Line Making It A Multi-Purpose Item)
- · Assorted Hooks And Fish Tackle
- · Rope/Cordage/Heavy Twine
- · 20-24 Gauge Wire Which Has Multiple Uses For Bindings Gear Repair Animal Snares
- · Magnesium Stick And/or Ferrocerium Rod For Fire Starting (Matches Are Unreliable And Should Never Be Your Only Means To Start A Fire)
- · Cotton Balls And Petroleum Jelly As A Fire Starting Aid
- · Two Percent Liquid Iodine/Iodine Tablets/Chlorine Dioxide Tablets For Water Purification
- · Stainless Steel Canteen With Steel Nesting Cup
- · Thin Profile Flashlight
- · Camp Axe/Folding Saw/Machete
- · Extra Socks
- · Signal Mirror
- · Collapsible/Folding Walking Stick
- · Coffee Filters/Activated Charcoal For Water Filtration
- · Entrenching Tool For Burying Garbage And Digging Latrines
- · Sleeping Bag: A Nylon Sleeping Bag Can Be Rolled Tight And Secured To The Bottom Of Your Pack
Optional Items If Space Allows Small Nylon Tent But Keep In Mind A Tent Can Obstruct Your Field of View And Essentially Trap You If Your Camp Is Overrun. Consider a Tent If You Plan to Make a Base Camp Otherwise, For Overnights While On The Move Use Your Poncho Or take Advantage Of Your Environment. Stainless Steel Bowl/Camp Coffee Pot For Food Preparation and Water Purification
It is assumed that if the weather is cold you will have on cold weather gear so to save space there is probably no need to pack an extra coat. Pack a cold weather coat if the weather is temperate however, because you need to be prepared for changes in weather.
You have now put together a kit that will provide you with shelter, fire, and the means to collect surface water and make it safe to drink. You should always plan on running out of food and water. You can go for days without adequate nutrition but you must have water daily.
Have a quality web belt and harness, that you can attach items to distribute the weight. Avoid carrying your water in one container because one gallon of water in its container will weigh approximately 8.5lbs/ 3.8kgs. A three-day supply of water will add considerable weight to your pack.
Your disaster survival kit will help you survive natural disasters while in your home, help you survive if you find yourself lost in the wilderness or stranded in your vehicle because of weather conditions or a breakdown.