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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

3 Kits Every Prepper Should Have

Disasters take on many forms and can strike at any time.  The list of situations that you could find yourself in is endless, but assembling 3 different kits should have you ready to face all but the most severe scenarios.  You may find yourself confined to your home for days at a time without utilities, or perhaps you have to evacuate.  Worse still, would be caught away from home, and needing to get back to your loved ones.  Whatever happens, these 3 kits will make any of these scenarios easier to overcome.

1 - Home Emergency Kit
Your home emergency kit should contain items that will see you through several days without utilities. Some of the items you should have in this kit are:
  • Non perishable food (canned or freeze dried meals)
  • Source of light (candles, flashlights...don't forget matches and batteries)
  • Source of information (portable radio...again make sure you have batteries)
  • Basic first aid kit (consider taking a basic F/A course from the Red Cross)
  • Source of heat (be careful when using fuel burning heaters indoors)
2 - Bug Out Kit
Many preppers have bug out bags, but a backpack may not be the only option.  Having some supplies in a few storage totes ready to go can save you valuable time when you need to get out of a troublesome situation.  When assembling your bug out kit remember:

  • List of possible destinations, contact info, and maps of routes to take
  • Non perishable food that can be easily prepared or eaten without cooking
  • Drinking water
  • Have some gas stored so you can top off the car's tank before you go
3 - Get Home Kit
 You may one day find yourself in a situation where you need to abandon motorized transport in order to get home or to a designated safe place.  Commuting to work can easily leave you with a 2 or 3 day hike to get to where you are going.  Consider the following when you put together a get home kit.

  • A change of clothes, something rugged and meant for the outdoors.  Remember to keep it seasonal.
  • A tarp or small tent to use for shelter.
  • Non perishable food.  Consider easy to prepare meals and always keep weight in mind.
  • Water and a water filter.  Carrying several days of water is impractical.  Make sure you can purify water along the way.
Before you start building a year's supply of food or getting a solar power system for your home, these 3 basic kits will get you started in the right direction and will likely prepare you for the vast majority of emergencies that could happen.

2 comments:

rjm80 said...

Great advice, so many focus on the big ticket items and forget the basics! The get home kit is huge, especially for people like myself that rely on air travel to get home. I once purposely diverted my normal route home just to see how difficult it would be to get back using different methods. I am lucky that I have family in different cities along the way and it was not a grid down situation so it made communication relatively easy and I was able to make it home within 24 hours of my normal schedule. In a grid down situation this would be very difficult as I work in a semi-remote area, with extreme temperature in the winter. I should be self reliant enough financially in two years to stop working up here, hopefully everything holds together until then at least!

brandon said...

@rjm80, yes a 72 hour bug out bag is also essential!

I keep 2 in my trunk at all times because I usually have someone with me.

This is no replacement for long term survival by any means, but serves it own purpose.

We actually make our own bug out bags