Preparing for an unexpected emergency can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.
Some prepare for a power outage, flood or natural disaster, EMP (electromagnetic pulse), or a disease outbreak like we’re experiencing today. It would help to know what kind of emergency you need to prepare for but, unfortunately, that’s one question you might not know the answer to until you’re facing it.
What we’re seeing across the United States at the moment is last minute panic buying and, if you’ve been to the grocery store in the last week, you may have seen some empty shelves. This is the type of situation you want to avoid. This is why many ‘prep’ ahead of time and we’re now realizing it’s a good plan.
You don’t have to necessarily know what kind of emergency you need to prepare for but you can prepare in a way that will cover most situations. At least the basics.
So let’s get into what you should have in your pack to get you in a position to survive most situations as comfortable as possible. The time frame is negotiable but a baseline recommendation is to have the basics covered for at least 72 hours.
Survival Life has put a solid list together of what you may want to toss in your survival pack:
- Tactical Gear:
This can include items as simple as flashlights, batteries, a muli-tool knife, fire starter kit, and a first aid kit. You don't necessarily need a 'Rambo' knife. You can find a Swiss Army or Gerber type multi-tool knife. Remember, if you're going to be carrying a pack around you want to stay as light as possible.
Bottled water is a must for this. You're also going to want to make sure you have a way to purify or disinfect water for when you run out or if you're carrying a pack you're not likely going to be carrying 3 cases of water so water purification tablets are also available.
You can use canned goods, soups, trail mix type snacks or dried fruits and nuts, MRE type meals can be ordered online and on Amazon. Spam would also fit in this situation (even if you think that's disgusting). Remember this is for a dire situation. Again, you'll want to consider what kind of foods you'll want to be carrying in a pack and what kind of foods make more sense for your in-home preparation.
Also look to have seeds to plant for longer duration emergencies.
These are the basics but the folks at Survival Life have a list that encompasses a little more so you may want to check out their complete list.