Investing in survival gear can significantly improve your chances of surviving a natural disaster. You should put together an extensive survival kit and work on your survival skills as much as possible. Read the following article for some useful tips on how to pick your survival gear.
Put together a compact kit you can easily take with you in case you have to leave your home. Your kit should fit in a backpack and should be light enough to be carried on a long distance. You should have a lot of first aid supplies, enough food and water for a few days, a few tools, a survival blanket and some items you can use to signal your position.
What if you were stuck at home without running water or electricity? Stash some survival gear in several cupboards. Try hiding your survival fear all over your house or apartment. You might no longer have access to a room or a certain area of your home could be damaged. You should have plenty of canned food, some water purifying tablets, tools, first aid supplies, a small heater, some candles and perhaps a solar charger.
Could you survive in the wild? If you often go camping or want to be prepared for a situation in which you would have to leave the urban area you live in, you need to put together a survival kit you can use to survive in the woods by yourself. Pack a few day’s worth of food and water, a small survival tent, first aid supplies and some fishing or hunting gear.
What if you had to be independent for a long period of time? If you want to be ready for a situation in which you would have to be completely self-reliant for a long period of time, you should prepare large quantities of supplies. Keep some supplies at home and try finding an isolated location where you can store a lot of supplies. You should carefully pack some seeds so you can grow your own food. Save large quantities of canned foods, first aid items and materials you can use to build a shelter.
Do you have children? You should pack a few additional items in your survival kit. You will of course need larger quantities of food and water. Add a few more survival blankets and tents. Children will require a lot more medical attention. Pack more first aid supplies, including some antibiotics and aspirin that children can take safely. A multi-vitamin supplement can be useful too in case you cannot provide your children with a healthy diet. Do not plan on hiking to a distant bug out location if you have children with you. Find a way to stay safely in your home or look for a nearby location.
Make sure you can alert rescuers. You should invest in a flare gun and a few flares. A signaling mirror and a whistle are cheaper ways to draw the attention of rescuers. Some reflecting tape or even a megaphone can be useful. If you live in an area where floods are likely to occur, keep a small inflatable boat at home so you can head toward rescuers instead of waiting for them. Do not forget to add some pen and paper to your kit so you can leave a note to rescuers to let them know where you went.
First aid supplies are essential regardless of what you need to prepare for. A good first aid kit should include plenty of bandages and gauze. Being able to disinfect a wounds is very important too. You should have a large bottle of alcohol or plenty of disinfecting pads. An emergency suture kit can save lives. Invest in a quality kit that comes with instructions and learn how to use it. Add a some burn pads or some gel designed to treat burns. If you have a medical condition and need a medication, stock as much as possible. Let your doctor know you want to put together a first aid kit and they will prescribe a large quantity of the medication.
You should have a better idea of what kind of survival gear you need. Take the time to develop your survival skills and build your survival kit little by little.