Having a basic emergency kit, is a first step towards responsible self preservation. The basic survival kit should be geared towards the most common or likely disaster or collapse scenarios that could occur in your area. The purpose of a basic kit is to better deal with the outcome and effects that a disaster may have on you, and of course, to increase your odds of survival.
The basic emergency kit might include the following items as a minimal recommendation.
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight (an LED model for longer life) and extra batteries (Best Rechargeable Batteries)
- First aid kit (Best First Aid Kits)
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask (N95 rated) to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities (there are specialty tools for this purpose)
- Manual can opener for food
- Local and State maps, and a compass
- Cell phone with chargers and/or solar chargers
- Pocket knife
- Lighter, matches, fire-starter
Once you’ve established the basics, use your imagination and add to it! Trust me… even a very ‘basic’ list could get long very quickly! It’s fairly easy to do by thinking of your daily routines and imagine them in an environment without electricity, or in various collapse scenarios.
How would you get through the day(s)? You will quickly realize that there are many additional items that could assist you after a disaster. Once you start the process of searching for lists and adding additional items to have on hand, you will discover that there are countless ideas and opinions about what you should have in a more advanced kit… Just remember that the recommended basics are very similar for everyone, and if you remain interested you can keep on adding or refining your own kit(s).
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