When disaster strikes whether is in the form of a natural disaster or something more insidious, you need to be prepared. We hope the supplies gathered are never used, but you can never know. It’s better to have and not need then need and not have.
If you’re a beginner at prepping and need a place to start, we’ve put together information to get you started. These are the basics you’ll need to be ready for whatever comes. Don’t be caught off guard and scrambling at the last minute.
With this list, you’ll have everything you need to not only survive but also thrive.
We all need food to survive, but what and how much do you need when disaster strikes. The key thing to remember is this is food that you may not use for a long time. That means they must be non-perishable.
You’re not going to find loaves of bread and vegetables as part of a survival food kit. There are two ways to do this: short term and long term. If the disaster you’re preparing for lasts only a few days, then cans of non-perishable food that taste good and mix well with other foods are fine.
Many preppers have cans of corn, carrots, and other vegetables at the ready. You can also have Ramen noodles, candy bars and other food items that last a long time or are prepackaged.
There are also MREs, known as meals ready to eat, that are dehydrated and are a standard in the military.
The other is for long term food needs that might come from a disaster that lasts months. Instead of getting small cans of food, you can purchase five-gallon buckets of foods and large cans of vegetables that store well.
These large quantities can last months if used correctly.
Another option is sustainable food preparation. If you have a garden that you can cultivate, then you’ll have fresh fruits and vegetables. If you practice canning, then these can be saved and used during the winter months as well.
Gardens and canning can help you have fresh food throughout the year.
The average person can last about three weeks without food, but only three days without water. Methods of getting and maintaining water are one of the most important aspects of prepping.
Did you know that water can go bad? You can just have a storage tank filled with water and think it will be safe to drink two years. Water can go bad, which is why you need to practice water rotation.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency standards for water storage is you need at least three days’ worth of water. That’s one gallon of water per person per day. Always remember that more water is better than less water when it comes to prepping.
Over time, bacteria and other microscopic organisms can grow inside the tank, making the water undrinkable or at the very least foul-tasting. If you use a storage tank, then check it every six months to see is there is algae growth, cloudy water or strange smells.
If any of these signs are present, then they should be rotated immediately. Otherwise, rotating every year should be fine. You can read more here about water rotation and its importance.
If you have bottles of water as your water source, then replace the bottles according to the expiration dates.
Many people believe that if they have well water, then they don’t need to have water storage. While well water is separate from municipal systems, you need to think about possible contamination caused by the disaster.
It’s always a good idea to have at least three days of water on-hand just in case.
You’re likely to get tired of just drinking water for days or weeks on end, so keep packets of cappuccino, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea so you can have a little variety.
You need to stay healthy and be prepared for the occasional injury when disaster strikes. Injuries can happen during the disaster or any time after, so a comprehensive first aid kit is a prepping necessity.
People get hurt and sick during and after disasters, so you’ll need packages of standard medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, Benadryl, anti-itch cream, triple antibacterial cream, and band-aids.
You can find much of what you need in pre-packaged first aid kits. They’ll need plenty of gauze and dressings, first-aid scissors and other standard first aid supplies.
You also should take a few first-aid classes, so you know the proper procedures for dressing and stabilizing various injuries.
In addition to these major categories, you also need various emergency items. Items such as a manual can opener to open food, fishing equipment, candles, lighters, duct tape, plenty of batteries, plastic bags, and a flashlight.
When it comes to miscellaneous emergency supplies, you’re the best person to know what you’ll need. It’s also better to be too prepared than not, so if you think of something you might need then add it to the kit.
Items like a multi-tool that acts as an ax, hammer, and shovel might be a good investment rather than having all three in your kit. You should always be on the lookout for items that might be good to have in your prepping kit.
That’s the thing about a disaster, you never know what you’ll need. The only thing you need to consider is how much space you have available. In addition to the prepping materials, the storage area may end up being your living space.
When disaster strikes, the bulk of people are helpless and at the mercy whatever emergency services might be coming. Prepping gives you safety, security and independence from all that and lets you ride it out without a problem.
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