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Sunday, March 20, 2011

FEMA says, Get a Survival Kit

Original Article

A public service announcement from FEMA is suggesting that we all get a survival kit, in case our ‘world is turned upside down’. Very interesting… and good advice.
I wonder if they know something coming up that we don’t know… (grin)
Get a Kit
Make a Plan
Stay Informed
The following is a pretty good basic list of items for a survival kit based on recommendations. While any survival kit is better than no survival kit, and I know that many people have developed some pretty elaborate kits, and varieties of kits specifically for their own purposes (vehicle, bug-out-bag, home, etc…), this list of items is a good starting point.
Just know that getting started on a survival kit is all it takes. You will probably find yourself adjusting it from time to time. A challenge can sometimes be keeping it reasonably sized (e.g. 72 hour kit for your vehicle, bug-out-bag). At home though, the sky’s the limit. Have fun with it.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Survival Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to a Survival Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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1 comment:

  1. I enjoy reading articles like this because I can learn from other people and benefit from their ideas. I am pleased to see FEMA become more aware and to begin advising the general public to prepare for disasters so they can take care of themselves. I do think that in general the advice I see coming from FEMA is more like 1st generation prepper advice while the prepper community is moving from 3rd generation to 4th generation in how they think about preparing and what they are doing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not just criticizing for the sake of criticizing. I think FEMA could (an should) do so much more and the beneficiaries would be all citizens including those of us who prepare now. There may never be a better opportunity then there is today. With Katrina still fresh in everyone's memory and the serious situation going on in Japan I think Americans (and others in the West) are more receptive then ever before for this message. I am not asking for or expecting FEMA to create a "perfect" list or plan but rather to create a "better" list and plan. I think that somewhere between the short list provided here by FEMA and the somewhat excessive and almost anal long lists we have all seen of bug out or bug in preps is something that would be practical, functional and provide realistically for a family or individual for a 3 day crisis to a month or two global disaster.