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Survival Gear

How do I prepare for disaster survival?

Stay alert to your immediate surroundings like people and traffic near you and know what is going on in the local news and weather. Storms, floods, fires and man-made disasters can happen at any time. The best defense is to put together a survival kit and a survival plan with your family.

 

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What survival gear do I need?

This depends on what type of survival you need, wilderness or urban survival tools. If you are at work and you are trying to get home after a major weather event or some disaster then just making sure you have a cell phone and charger with you and enough cash to buy gasoline if needed could be all the survival kit you need for that time. If you are at home or away and trying to survive a tornado, earthquake or other disaster then you will need a better equiped survival gear kit. Being prepared means putting some forethought now into making your survival gear fit your specific needs and the nature of the emergency that you need to survive.

What are urban survival tools?

Urban survival kit is incase you are not going into the wilderness but if you have to abandon your home because of a natural disaster and you are staying at a motel or with friends or family. You're not living in the wilderness where you are camping out in a tent or other shelter like that. With this type of survival gear your bug-out-bags will have clothes and shoes and daily personal gear. Also be sure to take along any prescription medications for yourself and those in your family. If you normaly keep  these at home in an easily recognizable container that is labled clearly and is water proof, like one of the plastic food containers with a tight sealing lid, then when you must bug-out just grab it and toss it in with your other gear and go. Essentials to keep your cell phone or tablet operational should include their own chargers plus a Power Pack or Solar Pack external power source. A multipurpose flashlight, power bank and emergency beacon like our power bank phone charger is an excellent choice. Some cash, identification materials, and a list of your contact names and numbers is valuable to have along.

What are wilderness survival tools?

Incase you have to go into the wilderness you will want to take along your Urban Survival Kit and the additional items suggested in this section. The wilderness that you are trying to survive might only be your own neighborhood that is now a jumble of downed homes and uprooted trees as a result of a major flood or tornado or earthquake. If you have to shelter in place in the aftermath then your survival bag could include these items. A small pot to boil water or purify water with filters, a first-aid kit, shelter material like one of the Space Blankets, at least one survival knife (which usually has a saw blade on it), a 2nd or 3rd sharp knife with 4 or 6 inche blade, a wire saw to cut branhes for firewood, an axe to cut poles for shelter, fire starters like a flint and steel, water proof matches and a lighter,  a small shovel, duct tape, super glue, zip lock bags, toliet paper, towel and wash cloth, cordage from the Paracord Camo Belt or Paracord Bracelet, our fold flat Portable Water Gravity Pouch or a couple of gallon plastic jugs, the Portable Mini Water Filter Pump or Portable Water Bottle with Built-In Filter could be essential to have along. And anything else you have in your urban survival kit.

More essential survival items.

1. A flashlight for each family member with spare batteries and know where to find these. Keep several in your bug-out-bag so they're there when you need them.
2. Compass (and the knowledge to use it) in case the cell phone towers are not in service and you now can not use the GPS. (the GPS signal goes through your cell phone. If you have a stand along GPS receiver then you will get it's signal regardless of the cell phone tower in service or not.)
3. Signaling device such as a mirror to reflect the sun and a whistle to attract attention.
4- Get a weather radio, called a NOAA Emergency Alert Radio, so you can keep informed during a disaster
5- Drinking water for everyone ( one gallon per person per day).
6- Don't forget your pets also need food and water and shelter.
7- A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes, blankets or sleeping bags.
8- A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
9- Learn how to do CPR.
10- Make sure your food will be safe to eat if the power goes out.
11- Learn about emergency plans in your community at work and at school.
12- Get involved. Know your neighbors. One way to do this is to participate in National Night Out.
13- Show family members how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches when necessary.

How do I make a survival plan with my family?

Make a plan for what to do if you should have to leave your home in an emergency. Review the plan with everyone in your household. As you put your survival bag together, order a pizza, bread sticks and soft drinks and gather everyone around the kitchen table and meet with all of your family members and make a plan and designate a place to meet somewhere if you can't all make it home right away. Designate one family member to be the go-to-person to call for updates on the family status if you can't all be together at that time. Keep your cell phone charged and be sure to have everyone's number in your contacts list. Even if the cell phone service is not working you can still view the contacts and call from a landline. Also, keep a written list of your contact phone numbers and addresses in a water proof container incase your cell phone is dead.

Please browse our website and build your custom Survival Gear for yourself and each of your family members so if you have to bug-out in a hurry you can grab it and go.