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The following survival gear is the top 10 things you’ll need to survive the first 72 hours after a disaster. The list was developed based on research collected from government and non-profit preparedness organizations.
Emergency food is the staple for all types of emergency kits at home, in your vehicle or the wilderness. No matter where you are, you’ll always need food to survive. Emergency food bars, freeze dried food, and MRE meals are great examples that can be easily stored and transported.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests having at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for drinking and sanitation. Keep in mind that children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water. Plan for at least three days of water.
3. Emergency Lights
Emergency lighting is a fundamental requirement for any kit. It serves multiple purposes from navigating at night, reading, preventing depression to signaling emergency response personnel in case of rescue.
When you’re stranded, you’ll benefit from having an AM/FM radio to receive weather and news reports. A whistle and a mirror will also help for signaling rescuers.
Hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires can force you to evacuate your home or car. It would be important to have a backup shelter which includes at a minimum; survival tents, shelters, rain jackets or ponchos.
Keeping warm will become vital especially if you live in a cold climate or have to survive in the wilderness. Having extra body warmers or emergency blankets may prove useful especially during a cold night sleep.
7. Survival Tools
Having an extra set of multipurpose tools and supplies will prove useful. As well, when you’re forced to survive, you’ll be surprised how well you can adapt regular items to serve multiple purposes.
8. Hygiene kit
The eighth assortment of survival gear includes having a bug out bag hygiene kit. After a disaster strikes and you’ve set up your shelter and food supplies, there nothing more calming than being able to wash your face and clean your body to regroup. This cleaning process not only washes away dirt and soil to prevent infection but also helps to re-center your mind.
9. First-Aid Kit
The ninth set of survival gear should contain first aid medical supplies. This will become vital for the immediate care of trauma victims and to prevent the spread of further infection. Ensure your first aid supplies include basic items such as bandages, rolled gauze, cleansing towelette and adhesive tape. Be sure to include any prescription drugs, if needed.
10. Personal Products
Finally, the tenth collection of survival gear to include inside your emergency kit comprises of personal products. Personal items such as books, games, a deck of cards may become useful for children and adults to help de-stress. Also, you may want to include important documents in case your home is destroyed. Examples include a copy of a birth certificate; cash & credit cards; passport; insurance documents; phone; phone chargers; medications; phone numbers; extra clothes and a map.
You should attempt to pack your survival gear, however, if you’re in a hurry or don’t have the time to organize all the materials you can find excellent emergency kits online and supplement them with your personal items.