Thursday, June 26, 2008

SHTF: Emergency Survival Kits

Do you have an emergency survival kit in your home, office and car? The goal of an emergency preparedness kit is not to live indefinitely from the bag, but rather to have enough supplies to get you home or to another safe location.

Let's explore some of these options for you and you family.

Emergency survival kit for the office.

After 9/11 and the World Trade Center, I started keeping emergency preparedness supplies close at hand. First in my car, but working in an office building, I began keeping one in my desk. If you do not have the luxury or room to have your own locking desk, keep your emergency survival kit as your everyday carry bag for work or as a substitute for a purse.

Here is what I keep in my emergency survival kit:
1) I use a medium sized backpack which fits in my office desk drawer.
2) 4 .5 liter bottles of drinking water
3) 1 nalgene water bottle with filter
4) 4 protein bars
5) 4 bags on snack foods like cookies or nuts.
6) 1 flashlight with fresh batteries (check often).
7) 3 N95 air filtration masks (available at any hardware store).
8) 3 pairs of nitrile gloves.
9) 1 bottle of hand sanitizer.
10) Toiletry kit including travel sizes of soap, shaving, etc.
11) 6 tea bags
12) 2 packets of instant cocoa
13) 50' of rope
14) battery powered cell phone charger.
15) One pair of cheapo shoes for backups.
16) 2 pair of socks.
17) One pair of sweat pants.
18) Swiss army knife
19) Gerber-knockoff multi tool.
20) 2 inexpensive FRS (family radio services) walky talkies with batteries.

There are several more things I could add to my emergency survival kit for the office, but it is a work in process.

Next, what is in my car emergency survival kit!


Valmiki said...

Wow that is a lot of stuff just for an emergency kit. I noticed that you have tea bags, and bottles of water but no fire starter. You really should include at least some waterproof matches and cigarette lighter so that you can boil water (for purification and tea), heat your knife in the event you have a cauterize (sp?) a wound. Clearly this is more suited to the urban survivor.
May I suggest that you include a signal mirror / whistle (for alerting the rescue crew of your whereabouts), instead of the 4 half litre bottles, carry one litre bottle and one litre metal canteen (so you can boil water in it). You can't boil water easily in plastic bottles.
Also include a mini first aid kit (sewing needle, thread, bandaids, painkillers, diarrheoa medicine, antiseptic).

Tina said...

Are there any REAL survival kits out there, cuz this clearly is not, it's a waist of reading time. my 2 yr old could make a better list, wheres's the pistol or building tools, like nails and sewing materials etc, if this list is ment to help u do anything it must be to help u get home on a new york subway train, otherwise, u'd die of stupidity if u thought it would be of any additional help

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