These are the emergency items we should all have today. Here’s the deal, make a list of the ones you can start collecting today. Maybe it’s water in water jugs for washing clothes. Maybe save up money for a 55-gallon water barrel. I am not suggesting you use a credit card to buy everything on this list today. We all have different budgets. We just need to take baby steps….one item at a time.
I always talk about the next 4 steps when I teach classes. It makes us think about why we need to store what we do.
Thoughts about how long we can survive:
1. you can survive 3 minutes without air
2. you can survive 3 hours without shelter in severe heat or cold
3. you can survive 3 days without water
4. you can survive 3 weeks without food
These are estimates only. It would all depend on the temperature and quality of the air. It helps me remember how long we can survive an emergency of some kind.
Emergency items you might want to start collecting if you haven’t already:
1. Emergency Water
We need lots of water and ways to purify or filter it. How much water to have on hand depends on if you are planning on bugging out or stay at home, if possible. I’m not going up to the mountains to bug out. It’s not me, period. I am totally self-reliant in every way. Start with the containers you can afford. You need a minimum of one gallon per person per day just to drink, brush your teeth and sponge bath. Please do the math for your family. This is one of my favorite ways to store water: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue
2. Emergency Food
People ask me all the time “what food storage should I buy?” I usually reply that they should buy what you can store and eat what you buy. In other words, live off your food storage every day. If you can afford a huge pallet to have delivered to your home that’s great. But I would need to eat what I store and that pallet of food would take my husband and I a long time to consume. I need to know how to store, cook, serve and use it every day.
3. Emergency Cooking Devices
My favorites are the barbeque in your backyard or balcony. Next, I recommend a butane stove and some canisters for use when you are without power. You can use the butane stove inside your home. I still crack a window because I want to be safe.
a. Butane Stove: GAS ONE Portable Butane Gas Stove With 4 Butane Fuel by GASONE
b. Volcano Stove: Volcano 3 Collapsible Cook Stove
4. Emergency Fuel
Propane is my first choice because I can use it with my gas barbeque, a Volcano Stove, my Camp Chef oven/stove combination. My Sun Oven is perfect for sunny days. I also need the butane fuel mentioned above. I always recommend more than one option for cooking. Here are my thoughts about fuel: Fuel by Linda
Propane Containers by Food Storage Moms.
5. Emergency Toilet
The next time you are at the store grab a box of those 33-gallon black bags and a bag of kitty litter. Don’t forget some extra toilet paper to store in case we lose power and the sewer lines are at shutdown. Check out this post to show you step by step: Toilet Set. Here is a small portable toilet for your car: Car Toilet by Food Storage Moms.
6. Emergency Washing Machine
Start practicing washing clothes by hand, even if it’s just your underwear. If we lose power I have to have clean underwear. I have two ways to wash clothes; 17-gallon wash tubs with a washboard and a six-gallon bucket with a special plunger.
7. Emergency First Aid Kit
Go to the dollar store if it’s cheaper than your local store. Check expiration bottles or containers for the products you use in the kit when needed. Here is my Food Storage Moms First Aid Kit: First Aid Kit by Food Storage Moms.
8. Emergency Binder With Important Documents
Food Storage Moms: FREE binder content sheets ready for you to fill out. I have a list for you to decide what to put in your binder (just like the binders your kids use for school that can be purchased at a local store). Place the filled binder in a safe and secure location. If you are evacuated you grab and take it with you. No need to look around for those important documents, they will be all together in one area.
9. Emergency Flashlights/Batteries
Make sure you have flashlights of different kinds so that at least one type works. They can be the kind that uses batteries, crank or solar. Know where they are, preferably right next to your bed. You might be interested in making this Emergency Bed Pouch: Bed Pouch/Bag by Food Storage Moms. This is my favorite crank/solar flashlight with LED lights (no batteries-charges in the walls too) Goal Zero
10. Gas Tank At Least 3/4 Full
Please remember to try and keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full as your finances permit. If you were to have to evacuate you will not want to be at the gas station to fill your car with hundreds of other people trying to get out of town at the same time.
11. 72 to 96 Hour Kits or Emergency Bug Out Bags
I realize we must all slowly put together our 72-96 hour bug out bag based on the cost to do so. Here’s the deal, grab a box and fill it if that’s all you can do today. It does not have to be a fancy $100.00+ backpack. If you have a wagon, fill it. Just be prepared if you need to evacuate your home in 15 minutes or less. Food Storage Moms:
12. Emergency Communication
If you are lucky enough to have your ham radio license, you rock! If you can invest in some walkie talkies so you and your neighbors can be on the same channel that would be awesome. I learned from a search and rescue guy that these are great for neighborhoods: Motorola MR355R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) You choose the neighbors close by and set up the channel and check to make sure you can hear each other before any emergency arises. Communication is critical in any emergency and applies to you, the ones you love and the neighbor down the street. You can’t count on the cell phones working all the time, and many people don’t have land line phone these days. Have a backup plan.
13. Emergency-Solar Power Ideas
I wrote a post about using Goal Zero Solar Power to help us survive a power outage: How To Be Prepared For A Power Outage.
Great series starting today on prepping for the unexpected by Tiffany: Why You Should Start Prepping Today by Imperfectly Happy.
Here are some good contact entities to become familiar with, just in case.
American Red Cross: American Red Cross.
C.E.R.T. Training: C.E.R.T. Training.