Do you have survival equipment ready to go for both you and your family? You should equipment not only in your home, but also at your workplace in the event there is a natural disaster or an emergency. However, if your answer is ‘no’, you should know that you are not alone. According to several research studies, the average American does not have enough items and equipment to survive if they were out of water, food, heat or electrical energy.
Even those who have ample amounts of water and food, they may not have the fundamental pieces of equipment necessary to make it through a catastrophe.
The Minimal Necessities
The most basic needs a person will have during a natural calamity or emergency are fire (heat), shelter, food and water. The following equipment can assist in meeting the needs of these priorities. The order of importance is determined by the situation.
For shelter, it is best to have a lightweight tent that you can easily transport or a lightweight tarp. If you do not have either one of these items, an extra large poncho can protect you from rain and wind.
It is vital to have a vessel to transport water. A metal water bottle will also allow you to safely heat the metal bottle over fire if you need hot water.
For food, you can carry dehydrated snacks and foods that will give you the energy boost you will need survive through an emergency or natural disaster.
Depending on the situation, you may need to have several layers of insulating clothing made from wool or synthetic materials. Be sure you have gloves, a hat and rain gear so you will be able to regulate your body temperature.
Navigational tools like GPS units, a compass, signal mirror and a topographical map are essential tools that will allow you to navigate your way to safety.
Although it is not a physical piece of equipment, survival knowledge is also an important piece of equipment to have. You must have the knowledge and skills to survive. Two things are essential, you must know how to use survival gear effectively, and you must have the knowledge necessary to improvise if you do not have have the equipment.
Any pieces of equipment or materials that you have included as part of your survival kit must be properly used so they can best serve your needs. Get comfortable with your equipment by practicing with them often. Never leave the gear unused prior to an emergency.
For example, if you have matches and lighters in your home to start a fire, the situation is not the same if you are using the same lighters and matches to start a fire outside with the wind blowing. Practice using your equipment in different scenarios. Bottom line, understand everything there is to know about the survival gear.
When you are in a survival situation, it will demand that you are flexible, skilled and adaptable. The survival equipment you use, as well as resourcefulness, will be very helpful for you until you are safe from danger.