According to FEMA statistics, there have been at least 100 disaster declarations in the United States thirteen of the last sixteen years. That’s almost one disaster declaration every three days! The fact of the matter is that weather systems are becoming stronger and our electric grid and infrastructure systems are aging, which is leading to more disasters and emergencies than ever before.
It is essential that every family have some form of disaster kit readily available for when a disaster inevitably strikes. After all, you don’t want to be caught with your pants down – do you?
That’s why we here at BoldSurvivalist have compiled a list of the six most important items you need to have in your disaster kit.
The “Big Three” Disaster Supplies
While some disaster situations require extensive supplies, the average emergency will not require a great deal of supplies. This is why we’re dubbing the first three items on our list the “big three.” These items are important any time an emergency strikes and could keep your family alive.
#1 – Bottled/Jugs of Water
Ever notice that whenever there is emergency, that cases upon cases of water are always the most readily available supply? It’s pretty simple – water’s pretty important. That is if you like living. Without water, the average human will die within a few days, so stocking up with enough water for you and your family for at least a few days is probably a good idea.
#2 – Canned/non-perishable food
Pretty much every person is going to have non-perishable food nowadays given our love for processed foods. Still, it’s a good idea to have a kit with a few extra supplies in the event you need to grab your disaster pack and leave quickly.
For example, living near a creek that suddenly overflows its’ banks may not give you enough time to grab some food. Instead, you need to just grab your gear and go.
#3 – A Source of Light
A lot of people mistaken forget how important light really is when the power is out. After Superstorm Sandy, residents in the Northeast were left without power for over a week in some cases. That means no heat, no ability to cook food (for most people) and no ability to shower. This is why having a powerful light is important for both your protection and for having the ability to function at night. (See our TL900 Headlamp review if you’d like to learn more about a perfect headlamp for an emergency).
The “Other Three” Disaster Supplies
So barring the apocalypse, you’re normally good to go with food, water, and light. But what happens during an extreme emergency? Chances are these other disaster supplies will be very important to your survival:
#4 – A radio & batteries
We could’ve chose a number of things here, but we went with a radio for one simple reason – it’s the only way to listen to emergency updates. If the power is out, that means there is no TV, Internet, or phone connections. Sure, cell phones help, but what happens when the battery runs out? A radio is an essential piece of disaster equipment and it’s probably a good idea to keep a few spare batteries handy as well.
#5 – A First Aid Kit
You could put a first aid kit in the big three if you lumped food/water together. After all, making sure any and all injuries are treated is essential to preventing infections and keeping you safe.
Keep in mind, you don’t need anything crazy. A typical kit consisting of gloves, band-aids, sterile wipes, gauze, scissors, tweezers, disinfectant, and tape should be able to handle most of what you need. If you get a kit that has more, that’s fine – but there’s typically no need to have enough supplies to perform an emergency lobotomy.
#6 – Protection
We’ve seen it all too often – disaster strikes and looters begin to take advantage of the situation. Having personal protection is the only way to really ensure. The Glock 19 is an affordable, effective personal protection device that can stave off most intruders or looters from your home or business. Otherwise, a small knife can protect you when you need to move and don’t have time to reach for your holster.
What do you think of our list? Would you change anything? If so, what would you change.