Emergency preparedness kits are your way of being prepared just in case you are ever faced with a natural disaster, serious health epidemic, or other happening that puts your survival at risk. Here you will find the basics needed to put together your own survival kit.
Deciding What Goes Into your Disaster Kit
Starting off you will want to to figure out which items are the most important to have in your Emergency preparedness kits. Many of the items that you want to include will be things that, in many situations, can be crucial to your survival. These emergency supplies (along with a few not so crucial items) may vary depending on location and which types of disasters are most likely in your area (earthquakes, floods, tropical cyclones, tornado's, blizzards, Tsunami's...) but may include the following: non-perishable food items, utensils, clean drinking water, air filtration masks, blankets or weather-proof clothing items, shelter, matches, medicine, books and medical kits or supplies , flare gun.
Purchase the items that you will be using in your emergency preparedness kits. Be sure that you have enough items to put together a couple of personal survival kits - as you may want to store them in different locations to ensure accessibility during a time of crisis.
Take note that many of the battery operated electronics, featured below, can be found in styles that rely on solar energy as well - typical usage will require you to crank or wind up the device before use. The solar powered supplies can be great back ups for times when access to batteries is or will be limited.
Buying Already Complete Emergency Preparation (Survival) Kits
The option to purchase kits that have already been made up and ready to go is also available to anyone with access online as well as many camping and survival stores. Premade kits can come in an abundance of make ups such as medical kits, which will include basic medical supplies and necessities that can come in handy during all types of emergency situations, kits specifically for adults or children and universal survival kits.
When looking into already complete survival packs or emergency preparedness supplies you want ones that, at the least, contains enough supplies, for 1 person, for no less than 3 days and you will want at least 1 for each person in your care. These can be found in all price ranges online through Amazon.com.
Specific suggestions for which supplies to include in your personalized emergency preparedness kits:
Matches (waterproof or stored in an airtight bag)
Survival Blankets (1 per person)
Non-Perishable Foods - freeze dried foods (enough to last each person a few days or weeks)
Chemical/Particle Masks (1 per person +1 extra)
First Aid Kits (Fully loaded)
Aspirin and/or Ibuprofen
Clean Sanitary Rags
Utensils (can opener, sharp knife, sporks etc.)
Battery Operated Radio
Where to Store your Kits After You've Purchased your Emergency Supplies
Once you have all of your emergency supplies you will want to separate the items for your emergency preparedness kits into duffel bags, back packs or other easy to carry, access and store containers. Then place your survival bags in your most used and frequented areas. These are areas that you are most likely to be or have the easiest access to when and if a natural disaster or any kind of disaster strikes.
Recommended places to stash your emergency preparedness kits are: in the car, at the office or your place of work, near the entrance and/or exits in your home. Rarely do you find a survival kit worthy disaster that is going to give you the opportunity to plan where you will be when it strikes which is why you should ensure you have more than 1 on hand.