Tuesday, March 4

Creating an Emergency Pack

Our family takes emergency preparedness very seriously. There are so many types of possible emergency situations, from the basic to the extreme:

  • Mother Nature: tornado, flood, tsunami, hurricane, power outage
  • Terrorist Attacks: biological attacks, nuclear bombs, etc.
  • Energy Crisis: shortage of fuel, lack of electricity, power grid failure
  • Government Chaos: mass political assassinations, civil war, bombing of D.C.
You mustn't write off these scenarios as crazy or impossible. Consider the current state of political chaos, then add in 1 or more of the above situations. 9/11 is 'small potatoes' considering our increased reliance on technology and the ever-growing capabilities of terrorists. 

In addition to our basic emergency packs (which EVERY family should have) we have further plans and supplies. When preparing, you will want to consider your family's location and means. For instance, a rural Kansas family of 8 will have a very different plan that our suburban family of 3 living near D.C. Below are some basics to consider when developing your plan and creating and emergency pack:
  • location to major cities or terrorist targets (i.e. D.C., New York, Boston, military bases, etc.)
  • distance from coast
  • current level of self-sufficiency
  • number and health of family members
  • location of nearby relatives (if any)
  • your climate 

Our Emergency Pack

The basics of ANY emergency pack should contain:

  • a knife
  • water
  • Sharpie marker
  • maps
  • high protein food rations
  • basic first aid
  • plastic sheeting/poncho/garbage bag
  • blanket
  • source of light
  • rope
  • crank radio
  • waterproof matches

Our emergency bag contains:

  • All-in-one knife tool
  • Sharpie marker, pencils, paper
  • VA and US maps with emergency plan
  • flashlight and 2 glowsticks
  • flashlight/crank radio
  • 2 long lengths of rope
  • electrical tape
  • toiletry bag (washcloth, toothbrush, hand sanitizer)
  • first aid kit
  • light blanket
  • food rations with high protein items (i.e. jerky, nuts, PB, canned sausage)
  • water
  • hand warmers
  • 2 ponchos
  • cash and silver currency
  • mace
  • 3 boxes of matches
  • sunscreen/bug repellant duo

Additional handy items to have:

  • bleach (for purifying water)
  • whistle
  • pain meds
  • pocket herbal guide
  • extra socks and underwear
  • copies of important documents (birth certificate, insurance, license)
  • duct tape
  • compass
  • tarp
  • water filter (can use a water bottle filter from dollar store)
  • extra rag/T-shirt
  • fishing line and hook
  • bungee cord
  • guns and ammo
  • multi-vitamins
  • basic family photos
For a great, not-too-dense read, check out "Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens" and "SAS Survival Handbook"

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