Showing posts with label Emergency Survival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emergency Survival. Show all posts

Feb 10, 2015

BugOut Bag and Gear to Survive




The Survival Gear You Need


Leaving your shelter, leaving your home during a crisis is counter to your instincts and to what many experts recommend. However, there may be situations where staying in your home or even in your community is life threatening.
Making the decision to leave your home may well be one of the most difficult decisions you make during a disaster. Situations that may force you to leave your home can include a nuclear detonation where radioactive fallout is a threat along with a chemical or biological attack. Natural threats that can force you from your home can include the threat of tsunamis, flooding from heavy rains or tidal surges and destructive winds.

Create a Bug Out Plan

Some individuals and families will convince themselves they would never leave their home under any circumstance. This means they have not planned for evacuation because they refuse to accept the fact they may have to. Once reality strikes however, and the disaster is looming, people will evacuate.
Without the proper planning, you can flee one crisis only to be thrust into another. Start now looking at alternative locations (bug-out-locations). Use online mapping software that shows terrain and natural resources along with population density to help you find an area to evacuate too.
State and federal parks are one option as well as using property that friends or family may own. Once you leave your area because of a disaster you simply cannot drive aimlessly around you must have a destination in mind. You should be able to get to the location using only have of a tank of fuel and the other half is for getting back home or moving from the alternative location. Service stations may not be in operation, and if they are, there may be a fuel shortage, so do not assume you can refuel along the route.
Locate parks that are far enough away from large metropolitan areas to be safe from nuclear, chemical or biological fallout.
Map out various routes to your destination, and make sure you avoid bridges, tunnels and elevated highways because you can become trapped in these areas. Use back roads as much as possible because most people will use the most logical routes, which will result in traffic jams.
In some circumstances, either you may have to travel on foot the entire way or part of the way if you find the highways and roads are blocked. Have bug-out-bags at the ready even if you can make your way out of the area by vehicle because you will need a way to carry supplies if your vehicle breaks down or the roads are blocked half way to your destination.
bug out map
Your bug out bag would be in addition to any supplies you have stockpiled in your home. Individuals and families tend to focus their efforts on stockpiling supplies in their homes and then find they have a problem if they have to evacuate. They simply do not know what to do with their supplies other than to leave them behind. You may have to leave quickly so having bags at the ready is critical. You will not have the time to begin packing if the situation in your area becomes hostile or otherwise dangerous.
You cannot depend on motels and hotels because they will fill up quickly. You should have the means in your packs to survive using your vehicle as shelter as well as tents and tarps if you find yourself at a national or state park.
This points out the importance of gaining knowledge and the skill sets to live away from your home during a crisis. Once you find yourself at a national or state park you must have the supplies, materials, skills and the knowledge to survive using the natural resources available. State and federal parks typical have areas ideal for camps, and will usually have surface water sources. In some cases, the parks may have structures throughout the park that can be used.
For more information on national parks, please visit http://www.nationalpark-adventures.com/united-states-national-parks.html

The Bug Out Bag Checklist

Each member of the family should have their own bag if they are old enough to carry one. Avoid having one person carry the water and one the food and so on. If a member becomes separated, from the family, you do not want them to have items critical to the entire family and the person lost must have emergency essentials so they can survive on their own as well. Make the packs identical.
  1. Each pack needs three days’ supply of water, which for hydration only is 1.5 gallons (two quarts daily)
  2. Three days’ supply of food such as protein bars, Meals Ready to Eat ( two per day for adults), beef jerky and peanut butter and crackers, avoid canned goods or foods that require water for preparation such as freeze dried or dehydrated foods
  3. Small one person tent or two tarps for shelter
  4. Two thermal (Mylar) blankets
  5. Rain poncho
  6. Whistle/signal mirror
  7. Communication device
  8. Knife/multi-tool
  9. Waterproof matches, lighters and alternative fire starting materials such as a magnesium stick or Ferro rods
  10. Lensatic compass and maps of the area, state and country
  11. Sleeping bag if room allows, roll tight and secure on the outside of the pack
  12. 50 feet of nylon rope
  13. Small camp axe/machete or folding wood saw
  14. Insect repellent and/or netting
  15. Person hygiene items and include hand sanitizer and bath wipes to avoid using water for bathing and hand cleaning
  16. Hat, work gloves, several bandanas, sun screen, lip balm and sunglasses
  17. First aid supplies and common over the counter medications for pain, stomach upset and allergies
  18. Water purification tablets
  19. Two stainless steel canteens that can be worn on a belt (can also be used to boil water for purification)
Bug Out Bag Checklist
Once again, the items in your bug-out-bag are in addition to any supplies you place in your vehicle and have stored inside your home.
Src:  http://homesteadandprepper.com/bugging-out-and-the-survival-gear-you-need/

Jan 1, 2014

Emergency Car Kit Essentials

How to make an emergency 72-hour car kit

If you’ve ever taken a winter road trip, you know how quickly the road 
conditions can change. 
The winds can kick up, and suddenly the snow is blowing across the pavement, 
making the lanes difficult to see, and the potential for black ice to increase. 
The key to driving in the winter is to be prepared, and the best way to do that 
is by creating an emergency kit for your car. Here are some things to include:

1. Shovel

 A shovel comes in handy if your vehicle becomes stuck.

Credit: Tim Lenz

2. Spare tire, lug wrench and jack, 

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re stranded in your vehicle is a flat tire, 
and the jack or lug wrench is nowhere to be found. Make sure the tire is full and in 
good condition, and the jack is well lubed.

3. Rope, bungee cords and tie downs

 Make sure there are no knots, and the cords are in good condition.

Credit: turbo.beagle

4. Portable radio

 A portable radio comes in handy when severe weather strikes. 

Find one that is battery operated or uses a crank.


5. Flashlight

 Spend a few extra bucks to get a decent flashlight that can illuminate 

a good distance.


6. Extra batteries

 Have an assortment of extra batteries on hand, including AAA, AA and 9v.

Credit: Sh4rp_i

7. Road flares

 You can buy road flares at any auto parts store or department store.

Credit: Dvortygirl

8. Ice scraper     

An ice scraper with a brush on the end can help you clear snow from 

your car during a blizzard.                      

  Credit: Highways Agency 

9. Jumper cables

 You never know when you’ll need jumper cables, or when you drive 

by someone else who does!


10. Portable power source

You can find a portable power supply like this one on Amazon.

11. Orange/Yellow safety vest

 When whiteout conditions exist, you need to make every effort to be seen.


12. Notebook and pen

 If you need to leave your car during a storm, you can write down 

your personal information.


13. Cash

 If severe weather strikes and phone or internet lines go down, paying cash 

for gasoline might be your only option.


14. Lighter or matches

 Pair these with an emergency candle.


15. Microfiber towels

Microfiber is super absorbent, and can handle spills (or wet hands) 

before they turn to ice.


16. First aid kit

 A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any winter driving.



17. Toilet paper or tissues

 If you have kids, you’ll be glad you included these.

18. Emergency contact information

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm, write your family and friends’ 

contact information down for first responders.


19. Warm clothing

 Include fleece jackets, outer shells, thermal underwear, wool socks 

and extra gloves.


20. Thermal blanket

 You can pick up a reflective blanket at any department or outdoor 

equipment store.


21. Water bottle

 A good, sturdy water bottle like a Nalgene container will store water 

without leaking.


22. Water purifier

 If you need to fill your water bottle from a nearby river or lake, 

a water purifier or filtration system should remove a majority of the contaminates.


23. Snacks

 Include granola bars and other non-perishable items for food.

Credit: SweetOnVeg

24. Small fire extinguisher

 A small fire extinguisher can help you avoid an even bigger disaster, 

if your engine overheats.

Credit: miningold

25. Extra medication

 Along with your regular prescriptions, include medicine for headaches 

and other minor ailments.


Featured image credit: akzidenzsetzer

Oct 28, 2013

Best Emergency Preparedness Books

Are you busy prepping lately or are you striving to be more self sufficient  If you've ever looked any resources up you know there are so many books out there on prepping it can be overwhelming! Here are my recommendations for the best emergency preparedness books that you can have in your library. Each of these has it's own special qualities and are useful for different areas of being self sufficient. Do you own any of these yet?
encyclopediaofcountrylving
This book doesn't have much on kitchen info or recipes but if you have animals you will want to get this one! It has large and detailed chapters on raising and taking care of all different kinds of animals.
backtobasics
Another great resource. This book goes in depth about "old fashioned" living. Everything from building various cold storage in your backyard to planting a good garden. This book is less "prepping" and more self sufficiency.
justincase
This is a good and simple resource. It covers in detail what to do for all different kinds of natural disasters and how to prepare for them. If you are new to prepping or really want to work on being ready for natural disasters this is a good, basic, easy read.
drprepper
This book is another HUGE one with all kinds of info. This book covers food storage in detail, medical prepping, making prepping part of your normal routine, and much more. This is a very comprehensive book.
mennonitecookbook
Now this might seem like an odd book on this list but the idea is to have a GOOD basic cookbook. Every kitchen that wants to be self sufficient must have one! The Mennonite Cookbook I mentioned above was actually my first cookbook as a young girl and I still have it and use it regularly, it's excellent! (And huge!)