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.