Emergency Preparedness Kit Recommendations Compare Survival Kits


After the events of the last week or so, I started to think about the residents of Boston being asked to stay indoors during the manhunt. It didn’t last long, but what if it had? What if, instead of a request to stay indoors, the city was locked down for days or weeks?

In a case like this, having emergency supplies can really reduce the stress of the situation. First aid supplies, emergency food and water can all make you feel better about having to shelter in place for a prolonged period of time.

This could happen if there is a disease outbreak or a terrorist attack. Really, even severe weather could result in you being “stranded” at home, so the idea isn’t as far fetched as you may think.

Have you thought about what you’d need if you had to shelter in place for a period of time?

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Sanitation After a Disaster

Proper hygiene and sanitation are essential for the prevention of disease following a disaster. When water is limited, this could be difficult. You may think you can rely on hand sanitizers to stay clean, but hand sanitizers are not effective against all germs, and they won’t help if your hands are visibly dirty.

While boiled or disinfected water can be used for hand washing as well as washing dishes, it is wise to have a supply of water stored for emergency use. This can be used for cooking, bathing and wound care.

Even though CDC recommendations are to store 1 gallon of water per day, per person, that is a bare minimum and you are likely to need more. Storing water in 55 gallon barrels will help ensure that you have enough safe, clean water for all of your family’s personal hygiene needs. Treat stored water with Water Preserver Concentrate and it will be safe to use for up to 5 years.

Clean water is just one part of hygiene after a disaster. Proper waste disposal is also essential. If there has been flooding, sewer systems cannot function the way they should, resulting in sewage backing up into your home.

In this modern age, it is hard to imagine using something other than a normal bathroom with a flushing toilet, but after a disaster, you may need to resort to other means. Outdoors people may feel that simply digging a hole in the ground and burying waste is sufficient, and in many cases that is just fine, but if the ground is saturated after a flood, this can cause more contamination to surrounding wells and water supplies.

Keep a portable toilet or bucket with disposable plastic liners to use as an emergency toilet. You should also have chemicals to disinfect your portable toilet. This will help you keep your living area clean and reduce the spread of germs.

When liner bags are full, seal them with a twist tie so you can dispose of the entire bag. A large plastic trash can with a tight fitting lid can be used to store bags of waste until normal disposal methods are restored.

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Less Snow, More Blizzards, More Reason to be Prepared

Scientists think we will start seeing more blizzards, but less overall snowfall, in coming years based on their theories on global warming. This could mean more hazardous conditions for drivers as well as those with the wisdom to stay home in bad weather.

Sudden blizzards can not only make it impossible to drive, but they can also knock out power for days, weeks, or even longer.

Now is a good time to consider a preparedness plan for your family. Everyone should have their own emergency kit. You should also pack an emergency kit for your pets who rely on you to take care of them in an emergency. Consider storing water for emergency use if pipes freeze and you can’t get water to your home.

We’ve also discussed the importance of having an emergency car kit. If you must go out in hazardous weather, make sure you have what you need to stay safe if there is an emergency. Really, staying home is the best course of action.

What are you supposed to do while you’re snowed in? Well if you still have power, or at least a working cell phone, you can assist with some weather research. According to an article from The Atlantic Wire, you can help researches gather snowstorm data.

With an app called mPing, you can collect all kinds of weather-related data and send it to The National Severe Storms Laboratory. This data will help them develop algorithms that aid in detecting and reporting various types of precipitation.

Data is needed from all over the US, so download the app for the Ping Project and help out the NSSL scientists, no matter what type of weather you are experiencing.

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Water Storage

Water is a vital survival resource. Without water, you cannot live. Period.

Here are a few interesting facts about water:

  • The human body is about 70% water.
  • The average person in the US uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, much of which is used to flush toilets.
  • About 85% of US residents get their water from public water facilities; 15% supply their own water.
  • By the time you feel thirsty, you have already lost more than 1% of the total water in your body.
  • A healthy person can drink about 3 gallons of water per day.

You can see how vital water truly is for human life. This is why it is important to make sure you have an adequate water supply for you and your family during a disaster. Making sure each person has a three-day supply in their emergency bag is only a start. To be truly prepared, you should make sure you have plenty of water stored for the long-term.

One way to do this is to stock up on jugs of water from the grocery store. This water, however, has a limited shelf life. You will need to constantly keep it rotated because bottled water typically only has a shelf life of 6 months or so, depending on how it is stored.

A better option is to prepare water to be stored for long-term storage. Ideally, you will use 55-gallon barrels, but make sure these barrels are safe to store water in. Often you can find free barrels, but they have probably been used to store chemicals. Even if you wash them out, they are not safe for water storage.

Instead, get barrels designed specifically for water storage. These barrels are designed to block UV rays to prevent algae growth.

Before you seal your filled water barrel for storage, make sure the water is treated with Water Preserver. When added to your barrel of water, Water Preserver is guaranteed to keep your water storage ready to use for five years, and kills bacteria, viruses, fungus, and mold.

Make sure you have these important water storage tools for your preparedness plan.

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