Preparing Your Emergency Survival Kits - Helpful Points to Remember...
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
1. Make sure to prepare Emergency Supply Kits for your... HOME, WORK and VEHICLE. The Work and Vehicle kits can be much simpler; water, non-perishable snacks (trail-mix or energy bars); waterproof blankets (NASA invented Mylar Space Blankets), small first-aid kit, etc..
2. Remember to customize your Emergency Survival Kits to accommodate any special needs of your family.
Do you require special supplies for any young children or an infant? Do some of your family members have dietary restriction due to food allergies? Consider each family member when preparing your Disaster Survival Kits.
3. Consider the most likely types of disasters that can occur in your area and prepare your Survival Kits accordingly.
Which would you most likely use in the case of a disaster? A light weight, easy to carry 72 Hour Go Bag or a larger Emergency Survival Kit for your home containing up to a week's worth of potable water and non-perishable foods? Or are they both very important?
In California, where earthquakes and wildfires are more likely to happen, because you may find yourself having to evacuate on a moment's notice, the smaller portable survival kits could be your priority. And in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas or the Caribbean Islands - where you are more likely to experience a category five hurricane along with major flooding - but you have several days or hours of advance notice before disaster strikes - maybe a larger Home Disaster Survival Kit that contains at least a week's worth of food and water could be the priority. Especially if the authorities recommend riding out the storm in the safety of your home... and the ability to purchase food and water supplies after the storm passes becomes very difficult. Or maybe you find they're both as equally important based on your family circumstances and where you live. The key is:
Don't delay in preparing your Emergency Kits! Consider where you live and the type of disaster that will most likely affect your family and prepare appropriately and decisively without procrastinating.
4. Keep your Emergency Survival Kits accessible.
Avoid storing your survival supplies in the very back of a large closet, in the attic of your home or at a public storage facility. Keep your emergency supplies in a very visible place where everyone in the family can immediately grab it when you need to quickly evacuate. Make sure everyone in your family knows exactly where to find their personal emergency survival packs.
5. Use durable waterproof or water resistant containers or bags to store your emergency supplies.
When preparing Emergency Survival Kits you plan to use when riding out the disaster at home, use clean (not previously used for trash) plastic trash cans, new five gallon paint buckets and some other large plastic storage containers. For smaller Emergency Survival 72-Hour "Go" Packs used during quick evacuations, make sure to use waterproof or water resistant backpacks or duffel bags. Avoid using grocery bags, cardboard boxes and other containers or bags that are not waterproof and ... don't use material that deteriorates over time.