We have also become obsessed with how to survive various doomsday scenarios. People have built bunkers or bomb shelters into their homes during and since the Cold War era awaiting the always imminent nuclear attack or a future zombie apocalypse. There is no shortage of people who feel the need to prepare for the worst case scenario. Regardless of how likely you think a catastrophe is, you are better off being prepared instead of being out of luck in the event something does happen. You never know when disaster will strike, so stockpiling the appropriate supplies to help you get by in a pinch is something thinking about. Below is a list of 10 items every prepper should include in their stash of emergency supplies in case “The Big One” comes.
1. Water & Water Filters
Water is the most essential resource for any human, and it’s something we usually take for granted. However, in the event of a disaster, there’s a good chance that you will not be able to rely on the plumbing you are used to. The instant access to running water may disappear, and even if water systems are still working, it might not be safe to drink. Keep water filters on hand so you can ensure any water is clean before you drink it. If running water is down completely, you might have to resort to bottled water. Survival experts recommend that you keep at least three day’s worth of water per person in your emergency kit. A human should be drinking a half gallon of water per day, if not more, so for a family of four, you’ll want a minimum of six gallons of water on hand.
2. Common Household Items You Can Easily Repurpose
Modern man just does not have an appreciation for how many luxuries we enjoy. Items that are less than a few bucks like needles, string, salt, and other tools are going to get rare fast in any kind of serious event. Personally I’d keep on hand as many items that should last a lifetime that I can items like wood hangers are great for this, personally I love walnut hangers. I’d also recommend metal hangers because they’re easy to work if you ever need to. Again keep an eye out, it’s like they say in the military two is one, and one is none. It never hurts to have extras. (especially if they’re cheap and easy to barter with later)
3. Generator + Generator Fuel
Aside from food and water, a generator is undoubtedly the most important supply you can invest in. Even when the power is out and you’re off the grid, a household generator uses gasoline to power the essential appliances in your home like the refrigerator and freezer, microwave, water heater, and even your central air conditioning. Be sure to research generators before buying one so you can be sure you have one large and strong enough for your needs, and be sure to have enough gas on hand to run the generator for a few days.
4. Containers – Heavy Duty Plastic & Galvanized Trash Cans
Some of the most versatile and important supplies you can have on hand for an emergency are durable storage containers. In addition to their obvious function as storage, they can also be used for life saving task including collecting water, keeping supplies fresh and dry, as well as waste disposal. Store all of your emergency supplies in a heavy duty container like a large plastic bin, any commercial trash can, or a galvanized metal trash can so they’re all together and you’ll always know where they are. Not only will you have your supplies organized and properly stored, but you’ll then reap the dual benefit of having those durable containers for multiple functions depending on you needs.
5. Dried Firewood
It’s a good idea to keep an ample supply of firewood in case you lose power during a disaster. Fire provides light and heat, which is extremely important not only for staying warm, but for preparing food. Many people have fireplaces in their homes but no firewood on hand, and the last thing you want is to be stuck with a great place to start a fire but nothing to fuel it with.
6. Basic Medical Supplies
A disaster brings with it the potential for injury. Keep a first-aid kit in your home with plenty of basic medical supplies like bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic cream, tweezers, a thermometer, alcohol cleansing wipes, and pain medication. It’s also a good idea to have a first aid pamphlet or guide to help walk you through basic care.
7. Flashlights and Batteries
Electricity is often one of the first things to go during an emergency. Even minor storms can wipe out power for days at a time, so you’ll need to have flashlights and sufficient backup batteries on hand. The only thing worse than being stranded in your home during a disaster is being stranded in your home in the dark.
8. Guns & Ammunition
The chances of a zombie apocalypse taking place are pretty slim, but having guns and ammunition on hand is a smart choice nonetheless. Whether you use them to hunt for food or to protect yourself, and your family in extreme circumstances, guns and ammo are must-haves. Just be sure you know how to use them properly, and that you store them safely.
9. Fire Starter
That supply of firewood we previously mentioned won’t do you much good if you don’t have something so start a fire with. Purchase a fire starter stick or kit to ensure you have an easy way to spark your fire. It is a good idea to have multiple ways of starting a fire ready to go encase something happens, making on method unviable. For example if you only stockpile boxes of matches, and the basement they are stored in floods, you are out of luck.
Gather a variety of tools that might be helpful in emergency situations and place them with your disaster preparation kit. Axes, hammers, saws, knives, and rope are all great things to keep in handy in case of an emergency.
We all hope that we never have to deal with a disaster, but life is unpredictable and the potential danger always exists. From acts of war to natural disaster, you just never know when you’ll find yourself in a sticky situation, so preparing for the worst is a smart idea. You never know when you’ll need an emergency survival kit, and it’s better to be over-prepared than underprepared.
11. Canned Food and Can Openers
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you store two weeks’ worth of food in the event of an emergency. Canned goods are the most affordable and easy to store. Store them in a cool, dry place be sure to periodically check the expiration dates so you can replace any food that’s gone bad. Don’t forget to have a can opener stashed away with your emergency food supply, too.