Disaster can strike anyone, anywhere at any time.
When considering the emergency essentials you need to survive the worst case scenario, it’s wise to store items at your home base as well as in a vehicle if you are away from home frequently. A get home bag list will help you prepare a pack to store in your vehicle. The focus of a get home bag is having just what you’ll need to get you home or to another safe location in the event you cannot easily drive your normal commute. Similarly, a bug out bag list outlines the items you need when evacuating from a disaster, and should store enough items to keep you safe for 72 hours.
The contents of a survival items list vary, but when it comes to preparedness, there is no disputing that water is the most critical emergency essential. Most experts agree that one and two gallons per adult per day is the appropriate quota for storage when you do not have access to safe drinking water. When stocking your pantry with emergency essentials, ask yourself two questions: If an emergency occurs, what are the things I will most likely lack; and, what cooking facilities will I have in an emergency?
Wilderness exploration comes with the increased risk of encountering emergencies or getting lost. Even savvy outdoorsmen and women get turned around from time to time. Most of the objects you should carry on a survival gear list are are so small and lightweight, you won’t even know they are there, including water, area maps, a flashlight, compass and a marking ribbon. Plus, a space blanket and store-bought or homemade firestarters can be the difference between life and death when tackling hypothermia symptoms. Nearly 1,300 people die each year from hypothermia, twice as many men as women and several of those affected are hunters in the woods.
Whatever disaster you might face, you can prepare now and rest assured you have the basic emergency essentials to give you and your loved ones the best chance at survival.
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