When a disaster takes place, things tend to shut down rather quickly. It is always a good idea to have a survival pack on hand in the event of such an emergency. Most officials recommend that a minimum of 72 hours worth of emergency supplies available in the event of an emergency including food, water, and first-aid supplies. Having the supplies on hand can make a difference if it is necessary to bug out.
For some people, packing an emergency supply kit is going to be something that is put off time and time again. In that instance, it might be best if a pre-made pack is purchased because it can save time and frustration. For most people, however, putting together the basic supplies for survival kits for everyone in the family is going to be the best option. The following supplies should be part of any survival kits:
Water – Although there may be many different essential items to include in a survival pack, water is the one that is going to make the biggest difference. After all, it is possible to live for quite some time without food but if you are without water, you will not make it more than a few days. It is generally recommended that enough water is on hand for 3 days, which is 1 gallon per person per day. It is possible to supplement the water with a water cleaner and sterilization kit.
Food – It can be difficult to pack enough food for bugging out but when calories and nutrition take precedence over taste, it becomes much easier. It is always best to opt for lightweight food choices, such as dried and pre-packaged meals. Food should be rotated on a regular basis to prevent spoilage.
Medicine – A first aid kit can go a long way to helping avoid some of the more serious problems that can occur when bugging out. It is possible to buy a small first aid kit that contains most of what might be needed on the road. Having a supply of prescription medication on hand is also a good idea.
Tools – There may be many different tools that could be packed for bugging out but one essential that packs easy and is lightweight is a multi-purpose tool. There are a number of options available, from a Swiss Army knife to a Leatherman but any of them can make a difference between survival or struggle.
Communication – It is always a good idea to have an NOAA radio with an emergency signal on hand in the event of an emergency. Opt for a hand-cranked unit so it will be charged when it is needed. Two-way radios will also have their place. Don’t rely on your mobile phone. If the grid is down, it is likely that the phone system will go down as well.
These are just a few different options for putting together an emergency supply kit. Such a kit should be part of every home.