A survival kit is an absolute must. This is particularly true for people living in areas prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and volcanoes. It’s not difficult to figure out what goes into a survival kit and therefore not hard for you to put together a DIY survival kit for use in the event of trouble. So let’s talk a bit about the five things you absolutely MUST HAVE on-hand in the event of a natural disaster. These five things are going to be the core of your survival kit.
First off, a survival kit can be as large or as small as you want it to be. You can go MacGyver with it and make magic with a stick of chewing gum and some dental floss or you can do what the rest of us would do and fill a few backpacks with the essentials.
Water. Try as we may to meet our hydration needs with lattes, you simply cannot remove water from the equation. The general rule of thumb is you will need to prepare enough water for three days. That means your survival kit should have one gallon of water per person per day. It’s a good idea to clean bathtubs and sinks and fill them with water in case the need arises.
Nutrition. The nutrition section is comprised primarily of non-perishable food items. You want delectable treats like Slim Jims, Power Bars, canned tuna and dried food items that can be prepared with minimal water while providing adequate nutrition. You can buy “robofoods” like MREs and 3,000-calorie meal bars but they can be a little hard to stomach. Pack some vitamins. Preferably gummy.
Shelter. This doesn’t necessarily mean building tents, though it includes that. Shelter and security refer to your efforts to keep warm. That puts blankets and emergency ponchos are on the list. If you’ve ever opened a First Aid kit and found a shiny silver square labeled emergency blanket, you know what an emergency blanket looks like. They are thin and warm. That’s all that counts, right?
Light. Include flashlights, candles, matches and glow sticks. The second part of the “Light” category is a battery-powered AM/FM radio. Maybe you’ll use it to listen to Bon Jovi songs. Maybe you’ll use it to stay on top of developments so you’ll know when the Red Cross is in your neighborhood. The choice is yours, really.
Drug store items. You may not care about deodorants and wet wipes. But you will care about clean teeth and tolerable breath. Pack sanitary items for women and toilet tissue for everyone. As well, make sure you have a stash of prescription medications for anyone in the house undergoing medical treatment. Also, have every day over-the-counter drugs available to remedy typical ills like backaches, fever or a runny nose.
First Aid. Keep a fully-stocked First-Aid kit around to treat all injuries great and small.
And that’s how you build a DIY Disaster Survival Kit.