It is true that any sort of disaster can happen in a blink of an eye. This is why it is critical to have a survival kit ready at all times. If you’re new to the idea, read on as we discuss the basic components. While it is never a pleasant thing to think of a disaster occurring, it is a very real fact of life. In this year alone, the sheer number of storms to form is more than the past couple of years put together.
When an emergency occurs in your area, the ideal place to be in is your home. However, when an emergency occurs even your home may not seem like an ideal place to stay. The power might be cut; the food supply might be low, and so many other things that you have not thought of previously.
In order to keep you and your family safe during such times, it is critical that you are prepared. This is where a survival kit comes in to save the day (or days). What a lot of people do not realize is that there are actually different survival kits that you need to make. Today, we’ll focus on a consumable survival kit.
This kit is for when you absolutely cannot leave your house. It could be due to flooding, being snowed in, or any other reason but the situation is still the same: inability to leave. In the event that you cannot leave the home, it is critical that you are able to have supplies to last you a minimum of three days.
This kit can also be placed in your vehicle or your office space. It should be wherever you spend at least more than 6 hours of your day. Prepare a waterproof box or plastic container for your consumables kit. This is what must be inside:
- Flashlight with batteries AND spare batteries
- Radio with batteries AND spare batteries
- Weather resistant clothing
- Small first aid kit and personal medicine
- Warmers and Sleeping Bags
- Face/Dust Mask to protect yourself from harmful airborne substances
- Canned food/Dried food/Ready to Eat Rations
- If there are infants, prepare formula and diapers
- Drinking water—normal allocation is 3 liters for each person in your family
- If you have pets, stock food for them and small blankets
- Can opener/scissors
- Gas Canister/ packable stove for cooking
- Toiletries like toilet paper and dry shampoo
- Garbage bags for any waste
What you must remember when building this kit is that you have to account for everyone in your home. If it’s just you, then that’s fine. If you are living with your family, make sure that your box takes everyone into account.
Whenever you deal with something that comes with batteries, it is important to check your batteries around every three months or so. A good rule of thumb when it comes to packing away food, it is important to make sure that you have enough to last you more than three days. With that, it’s time to build your home survival kit! Best of luck!