On Your Own
For the last 15 years or so, the common thought has been that in a disaster situation where there’s a medium to long term breakdown in infrastructure and civil order, the ONLY way to survive is to flee the city, like a dog with its tail between its legs, and hide out in the woods until things get back to normal.
A standard first-aid kit is very important for emergencies. You must keep this kit accessible so you can get to it easily. To make a first-aid kit, collect the items in the following list from around your home and purchase any of those items that you don’t have. As always, you should tailor this kit to fit the needs of your family.
Emergency kits are very important because they can save your life. To be properly prepared you should make two kits, one goes in your car and the other goes in your house to be kept somewhere handy, so you could grab it and go if necessary. These kits are a challenge to make because you want to pack everything necessary for survival, yet make it as lightweight as possible so it is easy to carry.
A few years ago, I had a serious wake-up call about how vulnerable my family was to natural and manmade disasters. There were dozens of threats that could quickly disrupt or end life as we know it and Katrina gave us a glimpse into breakdowns in civil order and the Federal government’s inability to effectively respond to localized disasters.
If you are prepared you will not fear. People spend a lot of money on insurance of all kinds: Life, health, hospitalization, vehicle, property, liability, home, flood, earthquake, catastrophic, malpractice and business.
In the event of a chemical, biological or radiological attack, a safe room is essential to survival. The safe room should ideally be a room in the interior of the home. If no interior room is available, choose one with as few external walls and windows as possible. An adjoining bathroom is also desirable.
This is the final article of my series on dehydrated foods in which I discussed: The Advantages Of Storing Dehydrated Foods, How To Store Bulk Foods, What to Store, and How Much to Store.
Clothing is an item oft-overlooked when people begin preparing for a survival scenario. But, Jack Spigarelli notes in his Crisis Preparedness Handbook, surviving without the civilized comforts we’ve become accustomed to places a burden on the clothes we wear.
This article is a continuation of the last two in which I discussed The Advantages Of Storing Dehydrated Foods and How To Store Bulk Foods.
The basic food items recommended for storage and the quantities to store are listed below. These are only suggestions. Every individual and family is unique in what they like and will eat. If you don’t eat meat, drink milk, eat wheat, sugar or any other food item listed, then you will need to adjust the amount of these items that you store.
It’s not likely to be a terrorist attack or a sneak attack from the Communist Chinese that forces you from your home. It could be a weather event (hurricane) or other natural disaster (earthquake or fire) or even an accident from a chemical spill or natural gas leak.