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In this world, these days, there is no particular time for the disasters to strike. The disaster survival kit is the best opportunity through which everyone and their family is afforded the opportunity to stay safe from natural hazards. Today’s emergency kit has been designed from lighter weight, higher quality material, and involves clothing, first aid supplies, water, bedding, and some tools that are very necessary to survive for a long period.
The disaster survival kit gives you the best chance you have through which you can stay safe from the natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes(Sandy), wildfires, tornadoes, and keep in mind man made disasters like house fires, flooding from dam bursts, terrorist attacks, and God forbid, nuclear devastation whether it be from fallout or meltdown.
You can find disaster survival kits in several different varieties. When deciding on your survival kit for your family, the very first thing you should consider are your needs. What are the first things you’ll be reaching for when you’re prohibited from going home or worse yet, you home is no longer there.
Put yourself in that situation for a minute and think of what you’re going to need. You know that you’re going to need water. Are you going to need Food? What about medicine? Shelter? Clothing? Blankets? Basic tools? What you need first is a plan of action. A plan of action to take effect whenever disaster strides. Everyone in your family should know this plan of action so everyone’s on the same page when it happens.
Both you and I know that nobody knows when disaster is going to strike. Natural or manmade disasters can happen at any time. You need to have enough basic provisions handy and ready to go should the need ever arise. Enough water, food, medicine, etc (this is where your list goes) to last for at least 3 days. Experts claim that this is a critical period everyone should be prepared for because most people are accounted for within that 3 day period in a majority of cases.
The emergency survival kit is a type of the disaster preparation. The kits are stored anywhere and automobile, office & home are places that you would like to keep the kit. The kits must have basic items to help survival with fire, shelter, food, water, as well as first aid. Flashlights, water, non- perishable food, matches, as well as tools are good gear.
The US government’s Fema website provides a list of in-home emergency kit items. The list focuses on the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and materials to maintain body warmth. The recommended basic emergency kit items include:
- Water, at least one gallon of water per person for each day for drinking & sanitation (should be rotated every 3 months)
- Food, non-perishable food for at least three days which is not required to be cooked or refrigerated
- Emergency food bars, preferably products with 2,400 or 3,600 calories and contain no coconut or tropical oils to which many people may have an allergic reaction, in addition to non-perishable food which does not require cooking or refrigeration
- Battery- or hand-powered radio with the Weather band
- LED type flashlight (battery- or hand-powered)
- Extra batteries for anything needing them, lithium type is preferred for shelf life
- First aid kit
- Copies of any medical prescriptions
- Whistle to signal
- Dust mask, 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 water valves
- Can opener for canned food
- Local maps
- Spare keys for household & motor vehicles
- Sturdy, comfortable shoes & lightweight raingear
- Contact & meeting place information for the household
Below is list of commonly recommended items for an emergency earthquake kit:
- Food and water to last at least three to four days
- Water purification tablets/portable water filter
- Heavy-duty gloves
- A first aid kit
- A minimum of $100 in cash, at least half of which should be in small denominations
- Family photos and descriptions (to aid emergency personnel in finding missing people)
- Copies of personal identification and important papers such as insurance documents, driver’s license, etc.
- A flashlight (LED type for greatest efficiency) and radio
- Extra batteries (lithium type for longest shelf life).
- Goggles and dust mask
- A personal commode with sanitary bags
- Water: one gallon per person, per day
- A flashlight with spare batteries and
- A battery operated portable radio (and spare batteries);
- A battery operated NOAA weather radio (and spare batteries);
- A “Self Powered Radio” and a “Self Powered Flashlight”. One, “Eton” model has the Weather Band and it is “self powered”. Some of these will keep your cell phone charged
- First aid kit and manual;
- Prescription medicines (be sure to refill them once they expire);
- Cash and a credit card;
- A cell phone with a fully charged spare battery;
- Spare keys;
- High energy non-perishable food;
- One warm blanket or sleeping bag per person;
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members;
- Change of clothing.
What goes in your kit depends entirely on your needs and the needs of your family. This is why you need to sit down and write out lists and a plan. Make lists for the different types of disasters you might be caught in and make your kit(s) according to your list(s) . For each type of disaster plan your emergency response to that type of disaster. Prioritize. Make your lists according to what’s most important and what going to be needed more. Follow the suggestions above. Add on your own necessities and make sure they’re in your kit.
The thing is, you’ve got to do this if you haven’t already. You can’t wait until it’s too late. You’ve already taken the first step toward aiding your survival by reading this far. It’s up to you to follow through. You need to talk about this with family, & get them involved. Emergency preparedness for any disaster is vital to your family’s health and well being and should never be shrugged off. The more survival knowledge you can acquire, the better.