Survival and Emergency Preparation
Survival
Nowadays, an emergency can knock your door anytime in the form of natural disasters, such as floods and storms, as well as human attacks, such as riots and terrorism. In such conditions, survival becomes the most essential aspect of your life. Because emergency does not notify you about its arrival in advance, it is always wise to be prepared beforehand so that you can cope up with an emergency or disaster for survival. 
 
Every day, we see, read, or listen to the news that talk about fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, storms, terrorist attack, and volcanic activity. All the nations of this world are vulnerable to some kind of natural disaster or the other or a human-caused disaster. This makes it important to take heed before time and maintain a survival or emergency supply kit. The best way to do so is simply ‘do-it-yourself’. So, here is a checklist that will guide you to prepare your own survival and emergency kit. 
 
A Probable Survival and Emergency Kit Checklist
  • Water (a minimum of 1 gallon daily)
  • Food (enough for a week)
  • Non-perishable food and juices
  • Snacks such as fruits and diet crackers
  • Special foods for toddlers, pets, and the elderly
  • Utensils
  • Cooking pans 
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Spoons, forks, and knives
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic containers 
  • Portable stove 
  • Fuel
  • Matches or lighter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Garbage bags
  • Big ziplock bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Buckets
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife, especially Swiss knife
  • Clothes, shoes, and rain gear
  • Blankets, pillows
  • First aid kit with medicines and common cold/allergy/fever drugs
  • Toiletries 
  • Tissue paper
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Portable Lantern
  • Battery-operated radio for news
  • Fully charged cell phone with extra battery
  • Cash 
  • Credit Cards
  • Keys
  • Paper, pens, drawing pads, pencils 
  • Important documents such as passport, bank account papers, property papers, ID card, driver’s license, insurance policy papers, medical records, social security card, debit cards, and personal phone book (all in waterproof bag)
  • Tools such as foldable shovel, wrench, hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, rope, and axe
  • Pet care items 
  • Filled Vehicle fuel tanks 
  • Towels
  • Candles and glow sticks
  • Map and compass
  • Whistle 
  • Sewing kit with additional heavy-duty threads such that they can stitch a torn backpack strip
  • Tent for shelter
  • Mineral water
 
This is a suggested checklist. However, if you think that you need something else, you can definitely add in it. You can also keep a few of these items even in your car apart from your home.
 
To fight back with an emergency, it is advisable to determine a meeting place, such as a school or park, in case of any member gets separated and cannot access home in case of a disaster. Further, ensure that all your home members are aware of how to turn off the electricity, gas, and water outlets in case of an emergency. And yes, always maintain duplicate keys and give each to all the members. 


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