An interesting survey conducted in 2019 found that over 68% of US households in the survey agreed that home preparedness packs were considered a necessity. Unfortunately, a much smaller number reported that they had actually taken steps to prepare one! Clearly, many people found the process daunting. The reality is that it is not as difficult as you would assume.
To start with, there are a number of businesses where you can purchase prepared survival kits online. Prices for these kits cater for every budget and can range from as little as $100 to thousands of dollars. In my opinion, everyone’s situation and needs are unique, so the better idea would be to assemble one yourself. And many of the items may be easily purchased affordably (and locally). Below are some of the items you may want to consider.
- Drinking water should be number one on everyone’s list. Depending on the size of your family, then cater for a minimum one gallon a day, multiplied by the number of days you expect your supplies to support you.
- First Aid Kits. Obviously, these would be for minor injuries and where medical assistance is unavailable during an emergency. Reasonable kits can be purchased for less than $30.
- Long shelf life food. Remember to keep it interesting with a variety of foodstuffs. It doesn’t need to be beans n’ spam every day! Include a range of pastas and rice, and don’t forget salt and other condiments. If you feel inclined, your preparation list could even include a few simple but tasty recipes. Remember from time to time you should use these items as you rotate in newer stock. Again, the quantity you may need will depend on the time-frame you are preparing for.
- Cash is an item that often gets overlooked. Blame the age of contactless cards and phone apps! Who thinks about needing cash? However, the reality is that when the power is out, banks and ATM machines will be down too. If you need gas for the car then you’ll need cash. The message here is to just set aside whatever you can afford for emergency expenses.
- Flashlights, batteries, candles and a fire starter. If the power is out and cell towers down you will be cut off from outside communication. Every kit should include a self-powered radio; a hand-crank device that will at least keep you connected to any emergency broadcasts from authorities.
- Other items should include warm clothing, blankets, and a survival shelter tent. Always include a camping style tool kit that includes knifes, hammer and hatchet.
The overriding theme here is that in a crisis situation, receiving assistance or aid may take longer than you expect. Sheltering in place may sometimes not be an option and you may even need to take action to remove yourself and your family from a dangerous situation.
In conclusion, there is always something people can and should do to prepare for a crisis beyond storing survival supplies. Everyone should have a plan for where you would go and how you would get there. Draw up a Plan B and Plan C for different circumstances. Being prepared simply means you can take the actions needed to protect yourself, your family and your community. Shouldn’t that be everyone’s top priority?