Survival Kit - Everyone Should Own One

There is a much different procedure when preparing for survival through a long term disaster such as a severe earthquake than simply evacuating for a flood or fire. A disaster, such as an earthquake or terrorist attack, may have wiped out communication, utilities, roads, bridges, hospitals, public services such as police and ambulances. In case of a local disaster that affects only a small area of your state, you would not necessarily need a survival kit, but rather a "personal kit" A personal kit (back pack) should not be so large that it is difficult for you to carry it and you may be tempted to discard it. Click here to learn more about off grid living.

I would suggest that you not procrastinate any longer, if you have failed thus far to research survival information. For a case in point, how long do you need to boil water in order to kill all bacteria? (Answer: 10 minutes. )#) What are the symptoms for heat stroke, hypothermia, shock or dehydration and what is more, how would you treat these conditions? Knowledge of answers to questions like these could someday save a life, maybe your own. Knowledge gathering could be equally as important as food and water storage.

Start gathering information today about the skills of survival from your local library, book stores and the internet. In addition to survival books, much survival knowledge can be obtained from specialty books on camping, such as living off the land, starting a fire, and how to build a shelter.

A unique, practical way of determining what may be needed for your survival supplies and tools may be to simply think through an emergency situation or an actual emergency that would require you to leave your home and imagine various possible scenarios of a day's activities.

Try imagining a camping trip, and think about it from the time you arrive and start setting up your tent and camp the first day, straight through to the next night when you crawl back into your sleeping bag. What about how you would cook breakfast, start a fire, uh oh, toilet paper? Imagine all the items needed in each day's activities. Are you making a list and checking it twice?

Do you require prescription medicines? Do your eyes require glasses to see? What if you lost or broke them? Maybe... a second pair for your kit? How far can you walk without shoes? What if you or a companion broke an arm or received a serious laceration? Do you have a first-aid kit and is it adequate for treating serious injuries? Is there more than one of you? Do your companions have first aid or survival supplies of their own or do they need to rely on you?

Think through all the steps involved in surviving through various scenarios. What about food, shelter or firewood. How do you or how will you make a fire to cook on or keep warm at night? What will you sleep on? By imagining various possible situations, you will know what you need in each separate case. You will then know what your survival kit needs to contain. For more info visit emergency preparedness kit.

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