Staying Safe and Secure: How to Stock your Survival Kit

Make your own earthquake preparedness kitWhether you’re preparing for a natural disaster, pandemic, or other emergency situation, having a well-stocked survival kit is essential. A survival kit can provide the tools and supplies needed to stay safe and secure during an unforeseen event. This article will give you an overview of the items you should include in your survival kit and explain how they can help you in an emergency. 


Food and Water Supply 


Having a food and water supply on hand during an emergency is critical for sustaining yourself and your family until assistance arrives. The American Red Cross recommends stocking up on at least three days’ worth of non-perishable foods that are easy to prepare, such as canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, energy bars, etc. Additionally, it is important to have plenty of bottled water on hand; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend at least one gallon per person per day. 


First Aid Kit 


In addition to food and water supplies, a first aid kit is essential for any emergency situation. A basic first aid kit should include bandages of various sizes, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes or cream, gauze pads/rolls of gauze wrap, pain relievers (such as ibuprofen), antibiotic ointment/creams (such as Neosporin), scissors or knives to cut bandages or clothing if needed, safety pins (for splints), thermometer (to check temperature) , tweezers (for removing splinters), latex gloves for medical needs or cleaning up messes. It may be helpful to add additional items depending on specific needs; for example those with allergies should pack antihistamines while those with diabetes should add insulin/glucose tablets to their kits.


Tools & Supplies 


A survival kit should also include some basic tools and supplies such as flashlights with extra batteries, matches stored in a waterproof container or lighter fluid stored separately from the matches themselves so they do not get wet if exposed to moisture. Additionally you may want to include a multi-purpose tool such as a Swiss Army knife which can have multiple uses such as cutting rope or opening cans when necessary. It is also important to have some kind of shelter material such as blankets or tarps that can be used in case you need to make temporary shelter outdoors. Finally it’s important to have some cash handy just in case banks are closed due to power outages or other emergency situations that may arise during an event. 


Putting together a comprehensive survival kit can seem daunting but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming if taken one step at a time. By stocking up on the essentials—food & water supplies, first aid kits & medications, tools & supplies—you can ensure that you are prepared for whatever emergencies life throws your way! In addition to the basics, you will likely want to include extra supplies such as clothes & bedding, cooking utensils, a portable radio or phone charger, and any personal items that you may need in case of emergency. If you are looking for more comprehensive shelter options, tents and tarps could also be included in your kit. 


Finally, don’t forget to check the expiration dates on all of your supplies regularly and practice essential safety measures when preparing and using them. With careful planning, you can ensure that you are ready for any emergency situation.

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