Emergency Preparedness Kit (Home Edition)
Emergency Preparedness Kit (Home Edition)
Hello EveryDay Preppers & Friends,
Today I want to briefly talk about a Emergency Preparedness Kit for your home. With proper planning you can build the same kit we have built for our home in a few hours.
Number One rule is to seriously consider the essentials in your life. What we have listed in the image below is what we feel are the essentials in my family’s life if we had to evacuate due to a Natural Disaster. This is not a Doom Day Bag or Bug Out Box but rather an Emergency Kit /Box that would allow you to sustain yourself & your family for several days if the Power went out Summer / Winter and you had to take shelter somewhere using the items in the box due to a Natural Disaster and you could not stay in your home like in the case of the Evacuee’s from Hurricane Irma
This box includes items for Fire Making for Cooking, Security and to keep warm, First Aid, Clothing / Protective Gear, Toiletries, Communication, Tools, Lighting from various sources, Personal Documents for your identification purposes and several ways to Make Shelter from all the items in the box.
In my case, my Emergency Kit Box was quite full due to my family size and our families needs so I put Emergency Rations / Food in a separate box that also included a few basic camping cookware items, cleaning along with bottle waters. This allowed us the ability for cooking and cleaning if needed too by grabbing a box that didn’t have our personal items in. I choose boxes that could not only fit easily in my SUV but also my family’s cars / vans.
I also build what some call a “Get Home Bag” for each person of my family to be stored in their cars. This would allow them to grab their bag and walk home safely if the need arose i.e.: they break down on road, out in the desert (High Deserts / Mojave Desert of California), There at the lake or in the mountains and break down and cannot get cell signal and have to stay over night waiting on a Ranger, etc. The most important “take away” from this article is to get the basics for any type situation in your area, build it specifically for you & your family. If you live in the Southern States, build a box that has the same essentials I have here for Tornado weather as well as Hurricane. Make sure your zip lock bag as much as possible in your kit for water proofing. If you live on the East Coast or the Northern States you might want to have a Smaller Spring / Summer Box and a Larger Fall / Winter Box as your Winter months are worse than others so your Winter Box may need to include heavier winter clothing / protective gear.
If you are on West Coast region, you might want to have something totally different. When I lived in California we built what were called Earthquake Emergency Kits or Survival Kits and stored everything in Plastic 55 Gallon Water Tight Barrels and placed them out back of our homes or in storage sheds just in case our home clasped we could possible still get to our barrels and unpack them. This storage way is stacked / layered much differently as the heavy items like Emergency Water is at the bottom of the barrel and you layer your items from there. Every Situation is different and every region is different but the essentials for life sustainability are the same.
Remember the Rule of 3’s. You CAN survive for 3 Minutes without air (oxygen) or in icy water. You can survive for 3 Hours without shelter in a harsh environment (unless in icy water) You can survive for 3 Days without water (if sheltered from a harsh environment) You can survive for 3 Weeks without food (if you have water and shelter)
Have fun and make this a family project. Make sure each member of your family knows how to use every item in your kit. You can make it as small as your want or large. Just remember, it must have the essentials: Shelter, Fire, Water, Food.
Lastly, make sure you rotate the food rations every six months for freshness. Make sure it is portable so that one person could pick it up and go if the need arises. This is your life so prepare for what Mother Nature or any other serious emergency could bring.
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