The topic today is survival kits, survival gear, and survival backpacks.
First, we need to explain what a survival kit is, who needs a survival plan, gear and equipment, when would you use it, where can survival kits be utilized, and how long will the survival supplies last.
What is a survival kit?
A survival kit is a set of emergency disaster preparedness supplies that you will need in an emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) and The American Red Cross recommends your survival gear should consist of vital supplies including food, water and supplies for at least three days. FEMA further recommends, “Having supplies for sheltering up to two weeks” (http://www.ready.gov/kit-storage-locations). This advocates the need for all people to be prepared for an emergency event. We will cover the essential survival necessities as recommended by FEMA, a part of Homeland Security, later in our discussions.
Who needs a survival plan, survival gear and equipment?
You, your family, your neighbors, your workplace, daycare, sporting events, schools, and organizations, for example, your church or club, first responders, electricians, communications repairmen, construction teams and tradesmen, therefore, basically, everybody.
DO YOU HAVE A SURVIVAL PLAN TO:
- get to a safe place?
- be able to contact each other?
- meet at a predetermined, common meeting place if communications are down?
- have a survival kit with food, water, shelter, warmth, communications, survival gear and equipment ready to go as in a “grab and go” bucket or bin?
- have medications ready to go?
- have copies of important documents?
- contact names and numbers of your insurance company, bank accounts and other important numbers?
Emergencies happen fast and unexpectedly. It is a challenge, to say the least, in a time of stress, to attempt to contact your loved ones and gather the necessities during a disaster. On a personal note, we personally lost contact with four members of our family during the Boston Marathon bombing for over three hours. The phone lines were jammed with concerned callers so the worry factor was intense due to the lack of contact. Please do not let this happen to you or your family. Adhere to our advice; our government’s advice; to common sense; be prepared and have a plan, a survival kit, survival gear and survival equipment. It could save a life.
When would you use your survival kit, and survival gear?
The answer to this question seems obvious, but taking into consideration the different needs of individuals, and the unfathomable types of disasters, survival kits and equipment are not just for the unplanned emergencies, (are any emergencies planned?). They are awesome camping supplies as well, and are necessary to have around for that unexpected storm, car accident or breakdown, or lockdown. When our local water supply was unexpectedly contaminated, the store shelves in the area were decimated of water. We learned to expect the unexpected, when we had to boil our water for over five minutes, just to let it stand around so it became cool enough to drink. So the answer to the question, when, is when you least expect to use your survival kit.
Where can survival kits be utilized?
Survival kits include the essentials for survival such as food, water, and basic supplies. Survival gear is the survival equipment that supplements the survival kit. Survival backpacks were designed so you can store your personal items, such as a change of clothing, medicines, contact lists and pet supplies. Due to the versatility of survival kits, that should include a first aid kit, survival kits can be used almost anywhere at any time. For example:
- Camping, Hunting, and outdoor activities
- Schools, colleges, universities
How long will the survival supplies last
I saw a commercial once and they were describing a fuel style of candle. It captured my attention when they stated that the flame would last until it ran out of fuel. I laughed, but in this case, I am not laughing. FEMA recommends a minimum of three days and up to two weeks of emergency disaster preparedness. Some individuals plan for years in advance. Food and water can have a long-term shelf life, generally five years, if properly packaged; long-term food can have a shelf life of up to 25 years under proper storage.
Let us be prepared, America. We can only protect ourselves from misfortune if we are ready for it in advance.