Not too long ago many people thought that home survival kits were needed only by those crazy survivalists who are readying themselves for the next big doomsday scenario.
However recent natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. (i.e. Hurricanes Katrina and Irene), Japan (earthquake and tsunami) and in the U.K. (riots in London and other cities) has demonstrated the urgent need for everyone, survivalists and non-survivalists alike to be prepared for any emergency situation that can strike. Lot’s of people are realizing that a disaster can happen to them too!.
Don’t just rely on your government.
Countries around the world (especially those prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes) are taking disaster preparedness seriously. Some even have websites set up to encourage their citizens to become prepared for disasters.
Governments that anticipate and prepare for all possible disasters always end up saving more lives. These preparations include organizing well-trained rescue teams, acquiring emergency equipment, storing relief and survival kits for quick distribution, and educating the citizens.
People all over the world rely on their governments to conduct immediate search, rescue and relief operations…but should they? Such over-dependence on state manpower and equipment will not only stretch those resources, it may also put you and your family’s lives and welfare at risk.
Fortunately, you can increase your chances of emerging from any disaster unscathed by staying well-informed and preparing provisions such as home survival kits to meet your family’s needs. It’s almost impossible to predict or control disasters but it doesn’t mean you and your family are entirely helpless.
How home survival kits save lives.
Home survival kits give you and your family a real fighting chance to make it through the early hours and days after a major catastrophe. These disaster kits contain critical supplies that should sustain your needs such as:
- Ready to eat / canned food
- Medical / first aid kits
- Essential warm clothing / blankets
- Cooking / Lighting needs (water proof matches, flashlights etc.)
- Bottled water and water purifiers
- Essential survival tools (i.e. knives, paracord)
- Communications (pen and paper, emergency radio, survival whistle, etc.)
- Directional / navigation items (compass, gps locators)
- Spare cash
- Gas / Diesel fuel
- Toiletries and sanitation
and many more items depending on the weather, local conditions, and your personal needs and desires.
The United States Government at www.ready.gov recommends that you get a home survival kit with enough water and food to sustain your family for at least three days. However, if you have the resources, it is better to have enough food, water, and essential equipment put away in your home survival kit to last you one to two weeks instead of just three days. While having enough for three days is a good start, it is very possible that a catastrophe will happen that is so severe the government emergency and rescue services will have a hard time reaching everyone.
To illustrate, when Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans, many of the local government support systems were terribly undermanned and short of resources. It took federal government rescue and emergency services more than five days to reach most of the city residents already severely suffering from lack of food, drinking water, medicine and other essential needs.
Here is a video by ready.gov encouraging you to get a kit.
Start preparing now.
The best time to prepare is now. Complacency, lack of knowledge, and failure to act are the three biggest obstacles to disaster preparations. You need to understand that disasters, whether natural or man-made, can and will happen in your local area. It’s just a matter of time.
Coordinate with your local law enforcement, emergency services, and organizations like the Red Cross so you can anticipate any threats to your home and family. Take into account also your local weather conditions and disaster prone areas. Understand your personal and family’s needs and include those when planning what to include in your home survival kits. Take a first aid course from your local Red Cross or other reputable agency.
Search this website and others on the internet to gather more information on how to properly make, store, and handle your disaster kits. A good place to start is with a store bought survival kit: you will save time and have your kit very quickly. You can always add more gear to your purchased kit later to make it better suited to your needs.