In-depth Info About Survival Supplies & Equipment:
In the unfortunate event of a large scale natural or man made disaster or even due to civil unrest, terrorist attacks or an actual war, your survival will largely depend on you, on yourself. We all hope the government’s Search and Rescue will come to save us and the local government will provide shelters and our National Guard will provide us with protections, but realistically that won’t happen.
For smaller disasters sure, the government and/or the local government will be there for you, but for larger scale disasters, you’re on your own. Remember Hurricane Katrina? They were on their own for months.
Surviving during the first week will depend on how well you prepared and how ready you are to face a disaster situation. This is not my opinion or a script from a Prepper TV show or movie, this comes from the advice of Governments, Emergency Management Services and Cities throughout the U.S. It comes from Search and Rescue teams and fire departments across the country. The advice local governments and Cities tell their residents is to have enough supplies to sustain yourself for at least 3 days to a week, if not longer.
You’ll notice a reoccurring theme with every city’s Emergency Management advice and instructions for their residents. They ALL tell people and residents to prepare ahead of time. They ALL say YOU need to…Not one of the cities I’ve researched tell people to do nothing and the City will come and rescue you and take care of you. Every City, in so many words, tells their residents that they are responsible for themselves and their families. They all tell their residents to prepare ahead of time, create a disaster plan and practice it with your family and to create emergency kits and purchase extra food and water and supplies.
The point is that this is not isolated advice from a couple of preppers or crazy, conspiracy theory, tinfoil hat waring nut jobs. This is actual Emergency Management instructions and advice from every city from coast to coast and from every trained professional in the country, and the world basically. Every single search and rescue team, every fire department in every city, every local Emergency Management agency throughout the entire country tells people to prepare ahead of time and to protect your family. NONE of them say they’ll do it for you. So please pay attention to this advice and prepare ahead of time and protect your family.
Here are some examples of the advice you will find from the National Government as well as some local governments around the country:
FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Says:
Following a disaster, community members may be on their own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and impassable roads.
You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.
On the FEMA Website:
Everyone Must Be Prepared For Emergencies
…What I’ve learned from this experience is that everyone must be prepared to be their own “emergency manager.” When disaster strikes, you may have to be able to survive on your own for 72 hours or more without access to power, food, or transportation. You also should think about your own situation and what additional needs you might have.
The City of New Orleans:
Make a plan to shelter at home, too.
Remember that you could lose power, so plan for at least 3 days worth of supplies.
Gather what you’ll need to shelter in place
Non-perishable food for 3 days
3 gallons of water per person
Manual can opener
Flashlight & extra batteries
Matches or lighter
First Aid Kit
Week’s supply of prescription medications
Radio (battery operated or hand crank)
Books & games
The City of Miami Florida says on their Emergency Management Home Page:
It is our hope that the information found here will be a valuable and timely resource for you and your families. Over the past several years, the world has witnessed a string of serious disasters. These threats – either from man or nature – have reminded us all of the instability of our safety. As a result, the City of Miami now places a greater emphasis on public safety and emergency management than ever before.
Are you prepared? Hurricanes can be dangerous killers. Planning ahead can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage.
Do you have a complete survival kit? Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won’t have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you’ve gathered supplies in advance, your family can survive an evacuation or home confinement.
City of Tampa Florida:
The first step in an emergency situation is to protect your family. To prepare your family for a disaster, be sure to create your family disaster plan, and have your disaster supply kit ready BEFORE a storm approaches.
Once you have your family secure, you need to prepare your home, your pets, your boat or watercraft, and be sure you have proper insurance coverage. Many times flood damage and hurricane damage to your home are not covered without adding coverage.
The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department:
Having a plan can be your best protection during a disaster. It is your responsibility.
Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere – at work, in the car… the list goes on. Since Los Angeles is spread across 470 square miles, it is especially important that your family members and those who depend on you are prepared. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children, elderly family members, and pets are safe?
Disasters and major emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. They can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.
Discuss with those you live with the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies. Create a plan and post it where everyone will see it. It’s only too late if you fail to plan.
Follow these seven steps to safety:
1. Find out what disasters could occur (see LA Emergencies and Threats section).
2. Create, practice and maintain your family disaster plan.
3. Plan for family members with special needs and for your pets.
4. Pick an “out-of-state” contact for the family member to call if separated by disaster.
5. Do a home-hazard hunt – check for anything that can move, fall, break or cause fire.
6. Prepare a disaster supply kit.
7. Prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle.
In the LA Emergency Management PDF Download it says:
Having a plan is one of the most important steps you can
take in disaster preparedness. Knowing what to do and
how to do it can help you and your family manage
disasters with less worry, fear, and uncertainty.
Pasadena California’s Emergency Management Website says:
Pasadena Fire Department’s goal is to respond to emergencies within five minutes, however, gulf coast hurricanes proved this could be out of the question in a major disaster. If you and your family are able-bodied, you are your own first responders and may have to be self-sufficient for 72 hours, perhaps more depending on the severity of the incident.
Here are some Earthquake tips from the Southern California Earthquake Center:
They also point out that “Your recovery period can take several weeks to months or longer.”
New York Emergency Management’s Listed Advice and Tips Say (Among Other Thing)
Everyone in your household should have a Go Bag — a collection of things you would want if you have to leave in a hurry.
Make a disaster plan with your household members to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Make a plan that best suits your needs and the needs of your household.
There is no guarantee that having supplies before any kind of disaster hits will save your life, however, it greatly improves your chances. There is no guarantee that having a pre-disaster plan will save your life, but as the old saying goes, “chance favors the prepared mind.” I can’t tell you how true that is. So having supplies and a plan in place will save your life more times than not, than leaving it up to chance. Think ahead, plan ahead and go over and practice your plan with every member of your family. Give everyone a responsibility and make sure they understand them and can perform the assigned tasks. If you practice enough you create muscle memory and there is less uncertainty and thinking involved, people just act, without thinking, and that will save your life.
Also, it reduces the “scare” factor and stress of a disaster situation. If you talk to your family and kids about what to do during and after a disaster and you all practice it, then when a disaster does hit, your family will just spring into action. They will be scared of course, but the pre-planing and practice will reduce the fear and stress because they’ll have a good idea of what to expect. Usually people are afraid of the unknown.
There are several types of situations to plan and prepare for. You need to start with planning for the most common natural disasters in your area. Then you can move on to outdoor survival and other less common things like being lost in the wilderness or at sea, home invasions, kidnapping, street fights, riots, war and civil war, and government collapse etc.
In another article I go down a list of emergencies you can easily plan and prepare for, I include a list of equipment and supplies and where you can purchase them at reasonable prices. Then I go into other emergencies that are a bit unconventional that you can also plan and prepare for. I provide both the basic and advanced equipment and supplies you should have for any particular situation.
Here is a quick list of supplies you should consider purchasing now, ahead of time. Because remember, if you wait until disaster strikes, it’s too late.
Backpacks – Bug-out Bags
Extra Food & Water (storable)
First Aid Kits
Tools – ax, knife, rope compass etc.
Wilderness survival kits and tools
Cloths – Underwear, socks t-shirts, paints
Coats & Jackets
Shoes – Outdoor/combat/hiking shoes
As mentioned, this is a basic list of supplies that you should start purchasing now before any type of disaster hits. If you have a plan and you’ve talked and practiced it with your family and you’ve purchased some survival kits and supplies then when any kind of disaster or emergency hits you’ll be ready to make it through the toughest period of the survival situation, which is the event itself and the 3 days to a week afterwords.
I have included links to the products listed here, we also have a Shop for your convenience that you can visit and purchase supplies now, however, no matter if you purchase your supplies with us or at a local store in your area I highly recommend you start putting together your emergency kits and supplies now while things are priced affordable and there are supplies, because once the next disaster hits, as we’ve seen before, the supplies run out and prices shoot up.
Have fun putting together your kits, make it a family project. You now have several resources to research and you can visit our shop to purchase your supplies.
So good luck and we wish you all good fortune.