How To Assemble A Disaster Survival Kit
Disaster can strike at any time. Preparing a disaster survival kit for you and your family as a part of your planning will make a big difference in alleviating stress if a situation arises.
Keep in mind that averting shortages of basic needs is all part of survival planning. Knowing what to stock in your survival kit plays a key role. The basic elements must be considered, as well as quantity and quality.
Drinking Water: You will need to store or have the ability to produce at least three to seven days of drinking water. You will need one gallon a day for each person in your unit.
Food: You will need to have at least three to seven days worth of packaged non-perishable foods. This should consist of pre-packaged survival goods, as well as canned goods. Write a meal plan that will meet the number of individuals in your unit so that is enough stored in advance.
First aid kit with instructions: Purchase or assemble a first aid kit proportioned correctly for your family unit. Read the instructions in advance and keep them in the first aid kit.
Flashlights: You can't see anything in the absence of light. Keep flashlights on hand, with fresh batteries in reserve, in event that electrical power has gone out. You will need illumination at night as well, consider keeping lanterns on hand.
Radio: Receiving broadcast information from your local authorities is important. Keep a battery-powered radio, or one that is powered by hand, in your survival kit. Remember to take note of the various agencies in your area who will be broadcasting information about your situation.
Medications: Stock your kit with any prescription medications, or keep them readily available should you need to vacate the premises in a hurry. Over the counter pain and allergy medications should also be considered. If there is a predicted disaster, such as a hurricane, have prescription due to be refilled taken care of in advance.
Cash and pertinent documentation: Electronic devices such as ATM's will be useless in a power outage following a disaster. Electronic funding through debit and credit card may also be hampered indefinitely. It would be prudent to have an emergency cash supply, using small bills, readily available.
Clothing and sturdy footwear: Under disaster situations, it will be necessary to locate and use a variety of clothing types depending on your environment. Survival will depend heavily on being clothed properly. Clothing and durable footwear intended for long walks and manual labor should be part of planning your kit.
Tools: Consider any tools you will need for constructing a shelter, repairing broken equipment, constructing and extinguishing fire, or calling attention to yourself. Recommended tools are: An adjustable wrench, Phillips and Slot-headed screw drivers, matches, fire extinguisher, and a whistle.
Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Items you use daily will need to be included in your kit. Toilet paper, antiseptic wipes, items for personal hygiene, and a simple disinfectant are important. This helps maintain cleanliness, protects general health, and aids in keeping good morale.