Economic Collapse Survival Quiz For Survivalists & Preppers
It may help to be a “Doomsday Prepper”…but survival in today’s world doesn’t require you to be one, to see that America might be headed for some really rough times, so learning how to prepare for an economic collapse makes sense. Taking the following quiz will tell you how you measure up.
1) What is it called if the aggregate inflation rate hits 100% for three years?
2) Name at least one country that has experienced a cumulative inflation rate of 100% in the last 100 years.
3) What currency is best to have during an economic collapse?
4) What’s the greatest cause of food riots during an economic collapse?
5) When public services and utilities are impacted by economic collapse, what are the biggest concerns?
6) What is the best way to pack dry foods in your food storage so that their shelf life is lengthened?
7) How long can wheat, oats, and other dry foods last in your food storage and still be good?
8) How much Chlorine is needed to purify a gallon of water?
9) Is water caught from your downspouts off the roof safe to drink?
10) What is the best way to cook if there is a power outage and you have an electric stove?
1) A cumulative inflation rate of 100% for three years is considered hyperinflation.
2) Between June 1921 and January 1924, Germany or the Weimar Republic is considered the greatest example of hyperinflation, although Zimbabwe in 2008 & 2009, Argentina in the 1980s, and Russia in earliest days of the Bolshevik Revolution from November 1917 to January 1924 are other good examples
3) Precious metals and stable foreign currencies (like the Swiss Franc, which is regarded as one of the most stable).
4) The biggest causes are panic and supply chain issues. It’s almost never caused by actual food shortages in a country, but rather on distribution problems and a “run” on the stores.
5) Repairs and maintenance get put off and this causes breakdowns and power outages to make utilities much less reliable.
6) In vacuum sealed Mylar food storage bags.
7) When sealed as mentioned above, the shelf life is up to 20 years.
8) To purify water, at least 16 drops per gallon, unless the water has turned cloudy or the chlorine is old.
9) If you have asphalt shingles, No. Rainwater running off an asphalt shingled roof is contaminated. If your roof is a tile roof you may need to filter the water before you can drink it.
10) Barbecue grills or a propane camping cook stoves, if you have one, are great for cooking. If not, you may have to build a campfire and use a steel grate to set your pots and pans on.
If you scored at least 8 points, then you are learning how to prepare for survival from an economic collapse, and you may have what it takes to become a real survivalist.
Preparedness For Emergency – Survival Kits Are Essential For Your Family’s Protection
I don’t know about you, but my family’s safety comes first. With that in consideration, one of our #1 responsibilities’ as parents is to protect our families’ survival! This is why Survival Kits are so important and a must have for everyone’s home…
There is no particular time for the disasters to strike. The survival kit can be life and death which can help you survive natural calamities like earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, and man-made disasters such as terrorist attack. You’re ahead of the game if you are ready to take matters into your own hands and refuse to wait for the government to rescue you and your family.
Most survival packs come in a variety of types and sizes, and contain supplies, equipment and tools to provide a person or family with basic food, water, shelter and protection against the elements to keep them alive at a time when it’s very very difficult, at the very least, or outright impossible, to obtain these life-sustaining staples. Besides, the food and water that comes in these kits, they usually come with basic emergency blankets to you keep warm, survival tools and equipment and emergency first aid kits. Today, a survivalkit is the best opportunity in which people and their families can stay safe from natural or man-made disasters.
Many people won’t bother to purchase an emergency survival kit, and take for granted the precious resources that we are privileged to have on a daily basis. We all want to prepare for retirement, college for our children and to have a better life, but we don’t prepare for emergency situations that could end up being life or death. Regardless of where you may live or work, or the circumstances that surround your lives, it’s wise for anyone to keep a survival kit handy so you can prevail in the event an emergency should occur.
Emergency Packs need to be designed with quality material, which involves clothing, first aid supplies, water, bedding, and some tools that are very necessary to survive for a long period of time. Take a look around at the things that you use every day to survive that might no longer be available in a prolonged crisis; electricity, warmth, medicines, and food. We are so used to just being able to reach into the fridge when we are hungry that it seems that a catastrophic situation could never happen to us. Survival dictates that we change this attitude and make it our individual responsibility to keep some emergency essentials in the form of a survival kit handy for those emergencies. Think of emergency supplies as insurance, you may not use them every day, but if a disaster or emergency takes you by surprise, it could mean the difference between life and death.
Remember, like a Boy Scout, “Be Prepared”…Not Surprised.
If you’ve ever experienced an emergency then you know that it’s something that strikes when you’re not expecting it. Too many times it’s this way when disaster strikes. Many catastrophic events will never make their presence known by ringing your doorbell before they invade your peaceful abode and strike you down. Instead, they will catch you off guard and in no time render your life to pieces. This is why emergency preparedness is so important. It is critical that we adopt a survival attitude and work towards preparing ourselves for any contingency.
The investment you make in time and effort, today, will help you and your family whenever a real disaster strikes. In life and death situations, it is almost impossible to think rationally and sometimes downright impossible to gather supplies at the very last minute. Unless you’ve been through it many times, your actions are little more than reactions and when you react you usually don’t have time to think. You only have time to react. In a crisis situation, every second count. This is why it’s so important to be prepared. All you old scouts know this. The better prepared you are, the greater your chances are for survival.
The first and foremost tip for any survivalist is to sit down and make a list of necessities, actions, and precautions to be laid out as a guide and shared with your family so everyone is on the same page when they need to be. This guide is your first step towards preparing yourselves for an emergency or disaster hits. The tips, guides, and how-to manuals within this site can provide you with a crucial insight into what may happen when you’re put in a situation that threatens you and your family’s safety and security.
Making your lists:
You should make a list of everything you’ll need, like food and water, toiletries, flashlights, radio, blankets, rain gear, etc. This list will depend on where your family is going to go or are evacuated to after you meet up with them, which brings is to the next list.
What you should do. Decide on a meeting place because more than likely your family won’t be together when it strikes and everyone should know where to go to meet up with the rest of the family when the time comes. Depending on the disaster that hits, your meeting places may be different. If a flood a flash fire all of a sudden arises, you probably won’t want to meet out in the yard so chose a central location that everyone in the family can get to easily and quickly. In case of fire in the house, you’ll want to meet outside the house. In case of a wildfire outside the house, you may want to meet inside the house to plan your escape from the wildfire. his may or may not work if the disaster is an earthquake. That will depend on the size of the earthquake. If finding shelter in a central room in your house is not possible, you may want to meet in a location away from any falling debris which may be in your yard. Statistical studies of earthquake deaths show most injuries/deaths occur due to falling objects, not structures so duck and cover are still regarded as a better option for survival during an earthquake. But you still need a place to meet as soon as possible right after the quake so this should be your third list,
Places to meet – in case of. In case you all not at home where should you meet and in what kind of time frame? Things to do in case of. You should prepare your family for different disasters, where you will meet if caught in a house fire. or a wildfire, a flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, etc. You should have a plan for each disaster and this brings us to our next list.
Precautions. This is a list of what you shouldn’t do. The number one thing on this list is to not panic. Panic is the worst thing you can do in any circumstance. It accomplishes nothing but proving that you can give into fear. This is why the meeting place is so important. If you have something to do you don’t have time to panic. On this list should also be what you should beware of like downed power lines, broken glass, broken gas lines, flooding basements, more debris that can still fall, etc.
Your lists should also be contingent on what time of the day the disaster strikes as some will be in school or at work in which case you’ll have to determine not only where but when you’ll need to meet up or even if it will be possible. If you live a good distance from where you work, you may find it impossible to even get home simply because of traffic jams. This is when it’s important to have contingent or alternative plans, and everyone in the family should be aware of these as well.
After making your lists, you should start preparing an emergency preparedness survival plan and survival kits including bug out bags. The kits should contain everything from a first aid kit, flashlight, radio, poncho or rain gear, blankets and means to start a campfire if necessary, something to cook on, bedding and anything else that you know you’ll need. There are several excellent videos on these pages that will show you how to construct a fire starter kit in case you’re in the wilderness or without utilities. A very good way to prepare for your survival preparedness is while you’re camping because you’ll be using a lot of the same equipment for survival that you use for camping. You may even want to use the same gear for your bug out bags.
After developing an emergency preparedness plan and packing the whole kit in an organized manner, it is also important to stock adequate supplies of food and water. This should be done sooner rather than later because you never know when disaster is going to strike. About a month’s supply of food and water for each one in the family should be stored. Water should be #1 on your list. Not beverages or juice but water. Many beverages can dehydrate the body so don’t worry about the soda’s, coffee and juices. Concentrate on the water to keep your family from being thirsty. A good Emergency Preparedness Kitis essential for the first few day of a week after the disaster strikes. This could be all that stands between your family’s life and death.
Last but not the least, you and your family should practice the plan in the form of drills. This is the best way to avoid panic during an emergency. You and your family should also take note of possible escape routes, contact numbers, and everything important for survival. Every member of your family should take pains perfecting the drill as soon as the survival plan is laid out. Nothing may be more important to your family’s safety and security than following through on what’s been outlined here. It’s my sincere wish that you’ll never have to use this information, but you’re much better off knowing it and not needing it than you’ll ever be if you need it and don’t know it.
If I were to ask you to identify the most significant medical breakthrough in the past 150 years, how would you answer?
For most of us, we immediately think of high-profile advances in medicine, such as the discovery of penicillin and antibiotics, or the invention of the X-ray. The elimination of major diseases such as smallpox, plague, and others, or the incredible life-saving virtues of automatic defibrillators, pacemakers, implants, and so on are just as important.
In fact, if you were to search ‘Nobel Prize Winning Medical Advances’ you will find a host of incredible achievements, all that have improved longevity and quality of life. And yet, none of them win the prize for being the most significant medical advances of the past 150 years. The British Medical Journal recently surveyed more than 11,000 readers, mostly physicians, and asked them the exact same question I just asked you: What was their answer to the most significant medical breakthrough in the past 150 years? In one word: Sanitation
Perhaps the Indianapolis Star said it best, “How can it be that seemingly mundane, homely sanitation — including sewage, reliable clean water & decent housing — could possibly earn more votes than Nobel Prize-winning advances? Because the best measure of a medical advance is not its complexity, but what it does for the length and quality of our lives.”
Proper sanitation eliminated deadly diseases such as cholera and infection and paved the way for the creation of a large and sophisticated network of agencies and infrastructure that have revolutionized our lives. Today we simply turn on the faucet and we have water to drink or push a lever on the commode and flush our waste. Today we benefit from a public health system that keeps a constant watch to ensure that our sanitation needs are met.
But what if I were to remove all these conveniences. No running water. No flushing toilets. No agencies, institutions or infrastructure for you to rely upon for sanitation services. What would your life look like?
The hidden danger in natural and man-made disasters is not just in the actual event, (which is usually what gets all the news), but in the aftermath of that event. The most significant of these consequences is a disruption in sanitation services, consequences that transport us back to a time when lack of sanitation was a leading cause of disease and death. Don’t take my opinion on it, believe the 11,000 readers of the British Medical Journal.
How should a reasonable person prepare for a disruption in the provision that service? Here are three things you should be considering to prepare for events of a catastrophic nature, like this:
1) Clean Water. You must have clean water for drinking, washing, and bathing, during a prolonged disruption in infrastructure. Most experts agree that the average person requires two gallons a day of water for cleaning and drinking. This includes water for washing as well as removing waste, (don’t forget that most toilets require 3 gallons to flush). We recommend that you keep a minimum of 7 days water storage for your family, (7 days times 2 gallons times the number of people in your family). A 30-day supply is even better.
2) Emergency Preparedness Kit. Individuals, families, and businesses should keep Emergency Preparedness Kits and Disaster Survival Equipment on hand that includes the necessary sanitation, hygiene, and survival tools and equipment to help you maintain a safe quality of living should you be required to live ‘off the grid’ for an extended period of time. Most standard Emergency Preparedness Kits include toilets, toilet bags, antibacterial gels, sanitation wipes, soaps and other sanitation/hygiene necessities.
3) Non-perishable Food. Keep in mind, a component of proper sanitation and hygiene is food that does not spoil and expose us to the risk of deadly food-borne diseases. The best foods for long-term storage and emergency preparedness are those that are ‘ready to eat’ and do not require refrigeration, such as dehydrated foods, military Meals Ready To Eat, canned meats, power bars, etc. As before, we recommend a minimum 7 day supply of nutritious, healthy, high protein foods in your supply.
Remember, the simplest explanation is almost always the best. It wasn’t the incredibly complex medical advances that won the day, it was simple sanitation and hygiene, two things that are well within your control and ability to prepare for.
Prepare yourself for your ultimate cure, by learning the ultimate ruse on your health right now.
There’s no dispute that emergencies happen at the most unexpected time; which is why having a 72-hour emergency survival kit is critical. Emergencies and disasters usually surprise you and catch you off-guard. There have been far too many deaths attributed to disasters simply because these people were not prepared. Our goal is to help you prepare for any catastrophic event that might befall you.
When disaster strikes, there are quite often, government organizations and agencies that are there to provide assistance to those people hit by said disaster or emergency. They might be able to show right away and they might not. Might, in this case, is the operable word. Government assistance is really only a possibility of when and how much assistance they’ll provide. This is why we encourage you to keep a 72-hour backpack with enough provisions for each family member.
Many times during a disaster or more often than not, after a disaster, help might not be able to come quick enough for several reasons. Although most of these reasons are obvious, many aren’t. Besides the fact that most government agencies are going to be overwhelmed, roads may be clogged with traffic, (if they’re even there anymore), or they could be flooded, blocked by landslides or so torn up that any help that is going to come is inevitably going to be delayed. If you have to depend on helicopters to bring you aid, your wait may be even longer as there are always fewer of those to disperse the aid. Having a 72 hour emergency survival kit is one of the key elements for surviving a disaster while waiting for help from other agencies and groups.
Always being prepared for whatever emergencies that could happen, can be a very critical practice for saving lives. This is why, every family should have a 2, 3, or 4 person kit in their home (depending on the size of their family), and one in their car’s trunk. It’s wise to also keep one in your office in case you’re separated from your home and family. I can’t say how important it is to always be prepared. This is something every old boy scout already knows. We should all take this scout’s motto to heart and internalize it as it could be one of the wisest mottoes’ that any organized group has ever had, Be Prepared.
A Home 72 hour emergency home survival kit is important because home is where you and your family spend most of the time and safety and security are what home is all about. It’s home where your family is and they’re the very first people you would want to be safe should a disaster arise. The survival kits found at home are usually weatherproof and in durable containers. It should also be portable so it can readily be carried to any parts of the house. It should contain enough food to feed a family of two, three or four for up to 3 days.
Car kits, on the other hand, are always a good idea even if you are just doing a short commute to work. It is advisable that your car always have a 72 hour emergency survival kit handy because of the nature of emergencies, they always happen at unexpected times. Emergencies like snowstorms, floods, minor car crashes, engine breakdowns, loss of gas, etc can come to the driver anytime. Survival kits for the car are usually backpacks that have enough food and water that is easy to store, first aid kits, flashlights and other necessities.
Many people recommend that schools have 72-hour emergency survival kits in case of an emergency. You always want your children to be safe, especially when they are in school. During emergencies, schools can go on a lockdown, which is why it is important that the school is equipped with the proper emergency provisions.
Most people who go to their jobs are stuck in the office almost every day. When emergencies happen, there are great chances that people will find themselves in their office making the importance of 72-hour emergency survival kits important where you work, as it’s just as easy to get stuck in your office as it is at home.
Now that you have seen the importance of a 72 emergency kit, it is time to know how to prepare the right 72-hour survival kit. This kit may include different essential things but the main idea is that you are prepared. There are key components that should be present in any 72-hour emergency kit like medical items, food & water, clothing and blankets, basic tools like a Swiss Army Pocket Knife, and other essential items in a 72-hour backpack.
But here are some of the items that you would want your 1 person kit to have.
1. You need to have an easy-to-store backpack.
2. Water is essential so you would want to have at least 2 liters of it that you can easily carry.
3. Food is important for survival so you must not forget having canned or prepackaged food in your kit, like MREs. All pre-made survival kits already have enough food and water for two, three, or four people. And don’t forget to pack a can opener.
4. You can also have emergency snack bars which are high in calories. This will help you sustain yourself and your family.
6. If you can get waterproof matches are a good thing to have if you’re stuck in the wilderness and it’s raining. Or if you prefer a lighter, that will also work.
7. A lot of people also like to have glow sticks with them in case the batteries are dead in their flashlight.
8. Clothing and blankets are also necessary so have some set aside for your kit.
9. First aid kit should not be dismissed. Have some bandages and some common medicines handy in your first aid kit.
These are just a few of the necessities that you’ll need for your 72-hour emergency survival kit. There many other necessities, depending on your needs and the the environment that you live in that you can include in a 72 hour emergency kit to ensure that you have the right 72 hour bag contents, so review your needs the types of emergencies that usually hit your area and make sure that your emergency survival kit is appropriate for your circumstances.
Make Sure Your Diet is Always Clean From Chemicals:
Most of us would agree that at any moment we could find ourselves in a disaster or other emergency situation. Even if this fact is only lurking in the back of the mind just below consciousness, the statement is no less true. Anyone can suddenly be thrust into an emergency situation or have a disaster land squarely upon them quite unexpectedly. How well one survives or IF one survives may be either a matter of luck or a matter of proper preparation. Far better to invest some time and effort in the preparation of your survival preparedness.
Survival Skills and Emergency Kits
Emergency survival preparedness for the purpose of this article is not a call to be constantly fearful of impending doom and disaster skulking around every corner or to hoard great caches of dried beans, MREs, bullets, and gold then hunker down with your stash in some remote area. More realistically, survival preparedness is the act of obtaining knowledge of and practicing basic survival skills, gathering survival gear, food and water together into emergency survival kits. These kits can then be placed at easily accessible points in the home, car, office, etc., or on your person.
You need to anticipate what sort of situation might arise and what survival skills, gear, and supplies will be useful to successfully see you through to the end of it. Some excellent items on the list of basic survival skills to learn (and practice!) would be:
how to build a fire with or without matches
how to build a simple emergency shelter
how to obtain food and water
how to use a map and compass
how to signal for help
how to use the survival gear you have chosen
The size of the emergency kits and the items they contain will be determined by the scenario for which they are intended to be used; lost in the wilderness, stranded in your vehicle on a lonely back road, recovering from the aftermath of a tornado or other disaster.
Always include fire starting items, items to build an emergency shelter, survival tools, a medical kit, signaling device, emergency lighting, containers of water, and rations. There are many helpful websites that describe complete lists of items to include in emergency survival kits of all sizes.
In any emergency situation, remain calm. Panic is your worst enemy. Use your mind. It’s one of your best survival tools. The initiative belongs to the individual. Make the time and effort for prudent preparations for your own survival and that of others. Do not risk suffering the consequences of not taking any action at all. Survival, after all, is being alive at the end of an ordeal.
Emergency Survival Kit For Emergency Survival Preparedness
Wherever you live, the need to have emergency survival preparedness could be critical to your survival. Deteriorating weather conditions alone are a major disaster waiting to happen. It matters little whether you reside in the country or the heart of a large metropolitan city, the effects, either way, can be devastating.
Just take a moment or two each day, for a few weeks to examine the amount of adverse weather which we’re being subjected to and count how many months go between some form of a natural disaster occurring. Do you live in an area that’s open to any kind of catastrophic event? In America, do you live along the southeastern coast or in the far south where you might be affected by hurricanes? Or in the mid-west tornado zone? or along the west coast, Ring of Fire, earthquake/volcano zone? Maybe you live in the far north where you’re subject to extreme cold and blizzard condition snow-ins. As anyone who lives anywhere in the Ring of Fire can tell you, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis are a daily threat to life.
Since the events of 9-11 more citizens are paying attention to their emergency survival preparedness more than at any other time in our history. The terror attack in New York City was a wake-up call for many fellow Americans as it should have been. Preparedness has many branches of which evacuation is but one of them. And you should never assume that you can weather out any disaster by simply staying indoors. Frequently in the name of safety, we must leave our normal residence for safer grounds. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and landslides are a testament to this and if you live in an area that is susceptible to any of these natural disasters, your emergency preparedness may be your only line of defense for you & your family’s survival.
72-hour emergency survival kits or as I prefer to call them, Bug Out Bags contain the necessary supplies and equipment to a person to survive on the road, outdoors or in their house (if they’re stranded), for a period up to three days. A three day Bug Out Bag can be used not only while you are in route to a safe location but also within your home while awaiting a rescue party’s arrival because you never know how long you might be stranded in your home. Besides the fact that most government agencies are going to be overwhelmed, roads may be clogged with traffic, or they might not even be there anymore. They could be flooded, snowed in, blocked by landslides or wildfires or so torn up that any help that is going to come is inevitably going to be delayed.
If you’re planning to create a three-day survival kit or a Bug Out Bag, you are likely wondering what you should place in it to ensure your family’s survival. There is equipment readily available on this site and in your local department or discount store most at a reasonable cost. Many stores are even now stocking 72-hour emergency survival kits because they know the importance of them. Always consider the season of the year when planning your purchase of supplies and choose products that are not affected by freezing or extremely hot temperatures. The following items are recommended to get you started. You’ll have to add your own supplies tailored to your family’s needs, to your emergency preparedness kit or Bug Out Bag.
Some sort of material to construct a temporary shelter such as a tarp
Appropriate clothing for the season
A poncho or rainwear
Several extra pairs of socks
Sufficient water and food for each person in the family for 3 days
First aid kit with splints, bandages, medicines and any other vital supplies, tailored to your family needs
Maps or a GPS as well as a compass
Battery powered radio as your cell phone may or may not work due to overloaded circuits
Important papers packed in waterproof plastic pouches
Matches, lighter or flint and Vaseline laden cotton balls in a watertight container to build a fire with
Cooking equipment and something to cook on with your campfire (this is where a little camping experience helps)
The above list is merely a starting point, there are a lot more additional supplies that could easily be included in your survival bag. Each member of the family should have a personal bug out bag designed and packed for their specific needs. This would apply to small children as well. Include activities in the little one’s kits to keep them occupied while traveling to a safe location. Since space in your vehicle will be at a premium choose your content wisely don’t bring unnecessary items with you. In other words, leave the curling iron and hair blower at home.
Emergency Survival Essentials For Emergency Survival Preparedness: Your Pyramid For Survival
Emergency survival preparedness is not just essential, but one that everyone and their family should be engaged in. In order to make it an effective pursuit, though, it shouldn’t be performed haphazardly.
Many people start out with good intentions but are misguided in their preparedness and food storage activities. They have a great goal in mind (i.e., being ready for the worst should a disaster or emergency occur), with no clear idea of how to construct a survival kit, their efforts often betray their intentions.
After they have randomly accumulated some of the necessities they think they need, they’re not then sure if they have everything they need, or if they have allocated their resources properly. Of course, anything is better than nothing, but there should be priority lists of what’s needed for supplies, equipment and what to do as well as what not to do.
This should begin with preparation for a short-term disaster survival scenario all the way through to a “doomsday” predicament. You can’t prepare for everything because it is impossible to predict the future, but it is certainly better to be over prepared rather than under prepared, and the best approach is to start your emergency survival preparedness foundation and add to it in the proper manner.
The proposed order is as follows: the first thing that everyone should store in case of emergency is a 72-hour emergency survival kit. A 72 hour emergency survival kit is an easy-to-carry and easily accessible package that contains items such as three days of water (most important) and non-perishable food items (preferably ready-to-eat goods), personal toiletry/hygiene items, first aid kit and medications, flashlight and batteries, blankets and sleeping bag, a radio, pocket knife, and other necessities to many to list in this short article. 72 hours is the time frame that it will likely take to rescue services reach you or to restore the usual services that are interrupted by a major disaster. You should plan to be on being self-sufficient for at least these three days.
The next level up in the readiness pyramid to use for a longer period of time is a three-month supply of food that would include items that you ordinarily eat and can be rotated easily, eliminating any waste. These are such things as canned goods that fit easily into your food pantry or an extra closet, as well as frozen foods (meat, preserves, and vegetables).
Most emergency survival preparedness kits contain MRE’s (meals-ready-to-eat), freeze-dried foods, and dehydrated foods are the next step up in prioritization. These food storage items store for long periods of time in a climate-controlled environment, usually between 10 to 30 plus years. The only problem is they can’t do you any good when the power goes out which means the freeze-dried foods will be the first foods to be eaten.
Something lighter weight and easier to carry are Survival Tabs. You can actually carry 15 days worth of food in less than a two pounds package.
Dry-pack storage items such as wheat, white rice, and beans move us even further up the readiness pyramid. These items are very nutrient dense, and take more work to prepare meals with, but are extremely versatile and can be included in too many recipes to count. They are very good staples of your diet. Other dry-pack items include powdered milk, powdered eggs and powdered butter, bullion (chicken and beef), flour, pasta noodles, etc.
After having considered food preparation adequately, it is time to move up the readiness pyramid to the level containing extra clothing and footwear. Remember you must consider the climate in which you live and the change (or not) in seasons. If you live in a region that has harsh winters, be certain to have adequate coats, sweaters, thermal underwear, warm clothing, gloves, boots, and blankets.
Emergency survival preparedness also means having the proper camping equipment basics such as tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, camping stoves/Dutch ovens, fishing pole and tackle, a Leatherman multi-purpose tool, matches, a lantern, and porta-potties will all make it much easier to survive in the outdoors if you need to move even further up the readiness pyramid, and have to evacuate your home for whatever reason for a period of time.
The next level of the pyramid is firearms and ammunition. First and foremost these serve as tools for killing game animals for meat should this become necessary. Secondly, these may serve as protection in the event of a disorderly societal breakdown (rioting, looting, etc.) where you may need to protect your family from harm.
A person may survive indefinitely without a shower, but not comfortably. That is why this category of personal hygiene items are near the top of the readiness pyramid. The specific items you should include here are soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, a razor and shaving cream, deodorant, feminine napkins, and diapers. If you’re going to have to leave your home for the outdoors, you should have a portable camping shower. They can be found in any sporting goods store with the camping equipment. They can easily be filled with hot water for a nice warm shower.
Finally, once you have completed your collection of each of the preceding layers and levels (and not before), top of the readiness pyramid with an emergency fund. This should cover as much as three to six months of living expenses, and in case of a complete economic meltdown, it can be supplemented with gold and silver (poor man’s gold) bullion. But then, this would only be a worse case scenario. Your immediate concern should be to have something for at least 3 days to ensure your family’s survival in case of a natural disaster, for these are much more common and your likelihood of being caught in a catastrophic event of this nature is much greater.
Additional Items For an Emergency Preparedness Survival Kit
Your basic emergency survival preparedness kit will contain essential items such as water, food, a solar and hand crank powered radio and flashlight. But it is also important to remember that other factors such as your particular location (flood, tornado or hurricane zone), your local weather, personal/family medical needs, and pets, will also impact what your survival kit should contain.
In an emergency disaster survival situation, you want to try to be as prepared as possible. It is better to have something and not use it than to need something and not have it. So in addition to your basic survival preparedness kit, here are a few more items, often forgotten, to consider when putting together your survival kit.
Prescription medications for yourself and family members (also note if these are to be taken with food, water, milk, etc
· Eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
· Infant formula and diapers
· Pet food and extra water for your pet
· Copies of important family documents stored in a portable, waterproof container. These could include insurance policies, birth certificates, identification (passport ID page), bank account records, etc.
· Cash, traveler’s checks, and change
· Emergency first aid reference material
· Sleeping bag or blanket for each person (additional bedding if you live in cold climate)
· Complete change(s) of clothing including long sleeve shirts, pants, and shoes (boots). Again, additional clothing as appropriate for cold-weather climates
· Household chlorine bleach (unscented without additives) and an eyedropper. This can be used as a disinfectant (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) or in extreme situations to treat water (16 drops bleach to 1 gal of water) to be used if you can’t find running water and are forced to drink stagnate water.
· A fire extinguisher
· Strike anywhere matches in a waterproof container
· Feminine personal hygiene products
· Mess kits, one per person, including paper cups and plates, plastic utensils, and towels
· Paper and pencil
· Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Depending on your personal requirements, your emergency preparedness survival kit may include some, none, all or more of the items listed. Remember, the most important thing is to not just prepare your survival list in advance, but then to assemble it, since it’s better to have something and not use it than to need something and not have it.
We are all asking ourselves whats happening to our climate. The frequency of natural disasters and catastrophic events strongly suggests that climate change or global warming is playing a role and this makes our survival and emergency preparedness even more important. Hurricanes are more frequent and stronger when they occur, tornadoes seem to be more prevalent, wildfires are occurring more frequently, even earthquakes seem to be happening more often. These are all occurrences that could displace your family from your home or leave them stranded in the home without any services for days at a time.
Global warming facts do suggest that climate change may:
• Cause changes in precipitation (a greater incidence of flooding)
• See a higher incidence of forest fires and wildfires
• Have more frequent and intense storms and tornadoes
We are indeed seeing a pattern of increasing weather patterns around the globe. Within the past year, Australia has had a record drought, India had horrific monsoon rains and Greece had forest fires. During the winter of 2010, the Washington, DC area had the worse snowstorm to hit the city in 90 years. Washington Reagan National Airport received 17.8 inches of snow. Many other cities on the east coast received record amounts of snow. Are you prepared in the event that you’re snowed in and stranded in your home? or forced to evacuate due to wildfires, forest fires or floods? Are you prepared for when the next big earthquake hits and all emergency services are blocked from getting to you?
Floods occur all over the United States, from North and South Dakota to along the Mississippi basin to the deep south. Nashville Tennessee, in May 2020 Experienced historic flooding that took the lives of several people. Tornadoes are occurring at an alarming rate, forcing many people out of their homes and leaving them defenseless. What kind of provisions have you set aside for your family in case you’re caught in a flood situation? Are you ready for an emergency evacuation?
A major earthquake is one of the most severe forms of natural disaster. In some cases, cities are entirely wiped out and thousands of people or injured or worse killed. A prime example of such a catastrophic earthquake is the one that occurred in Haiti in 2010. This type of disaster could potentially happen in the US, because of the New Madrid fault system between St. Louis and Memphis, has a history of shaking violently, and has a series of faults several miles below the surface. Experts are saying that there is a strong possibility of a sizeable earthquake similar those in the 1800’s. It is reported that the biggest quake occurred in 1812 that caused 60 miles of the New Madrid Fault to rupture. This caused waterfalls on the Mississippi, and the river to run backward for several hours, in the river bends just northeast of New Madrid. This quake also created Reel Foot Lake in Northwest Tennessee.
A major catastrophe waiting to happen that you don’t hear very much about is the massive Yellowstone Caldera that can possibly blow any minute. The upward movement of the Yellowstone caldera floor between 2004 and 2008 was almost 3 inches each year. It was more than 3 times greater than ever observed since such measurements began in 1923. From mid-summer 2004 through mid-summer 2008, the land surface within the caldera moved upward as much as 8 inches at the White Lake GPS station. The last full-scale eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, the Lava Creek eruption which happened nearly 640,000 years ago ejected approximately 240 cubic miles of rock, dust, and volcanic ash into the sky. Can you even begin to imagine the havoc that would bring were it to erupt again?
Experts can only speculate when it’s going to that’s going to happen again. They say it’s not a matter of if, it’s simply a matter of when. And from the history or past occurrences to the present day scenario, it’s could happen again any day. Could this be the year it happens? Fortunately, by the end of 2009, the uplift had slowed significantly and appeared to have stopped. In January 2010 the USGS stated that “uplift of the Yellowstone Caldera has slowed significantly” to the point that the US Geological Survey, as well as the University of Utah and the National Park Service scientists with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, maintain that they see no evidence that another cataclysmic eruption will occur at Yellowstone in the foreseeable future.
Compared to the eruption of Mt St Helen’s where during nine hours of eruptive activity, about 540,000,000 short tons of ash fell over an area of more than 22,000 square miles, the total volume of ash before its compaction by rainfall was about 0.3 cubic miles. Compare this to the 240 cubic miles from the last eruption of the Yellowstone caldera and you can start to fathom the magnitude of catastrophe that an eruption of the Yellowstone caldera could cause.
For Doomsday Preppers this scenario is only too possible of happening, which begs the question what is going to happen to your family if it should happen? Disasters of economic proportions are indeed occurring more frequently, and although we cannot stop the occurrences, we all need to have an emergency preparedness plan along with an essential kit readily available when disaster does strike. We can’t wait until its too late and end up depending on someone else for our vital necessitates. This type of kit is becoming a necessity because simply in the event you are cut off from emergency help, you have to have some means of survival until help arrives.
Emergency Survival Essentials Everyone Should Be Aware Of