Any family that loves camping will have a pretty good supply of survival gear.
Some items that may not be needed in a "civilized" campground, may definitely be needed in a disaster situation.
Either way, preparing for anything means acquiring survival equipment — as soon as you can afford it.
You've spent the money to buy survival gear you might need when the "stuff hits the fan". Are they still in boxes fresh from the store?
Now is a great time to unpack them, test that survival gear, and learn how to use it.
Can we live without electricity? Maybe. Do we want to? No. Answering these questions led us on the path to acquiring a portable solar generator.
We (my husband and I did this project together) went through several thought processes, some at the solar generator level, some at the appliance level, to help us decide:
The purpose of this project was to prepare ourselves to survive without electricity for an extended time, maybe as much as a year. We invested approximately 80 hours of work doing research for this project.
When planning the contents of your 72-hour kit, remember that this is only for 3 days max. Keeping that in mind should help you to not over pack. What to put in them - for adults and children. How to build your own, where to keep them and how often to update.
Does your emergency first aid kit consist of whatever is in the bathroom cupboard? It shouldn't be left to chance.
How many hours do you spend in your car each week? In any crisis, auto emergency kits could save lives or provide comfort in stressful situations
Have you ever spent a night in your city when ALL the lights were out? It's kind of eerie, isn't it?
One night in the dark can be kind of fun - an adventure, but several nights, or longer, can be very difficult unless you are prepared with flashlights, candles, light sticks, lanterns, lamps . . . any kind that doesn't need electricity.
It's only logical to consider emergency heating in your survival plan as many disasters involve weather that may knock out your electricity and that means, your furnace.
It could be a real challenge to stay warm when the furnace hasn't worked for days due to winter storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods...
How have you prepared for survival cooking so that your family will have a hot meal if there is no electricity?
During World War II, the army discovered that men fighting in the bitter cold would do well if they had one hot meal a day. Without it, they would die from living out...
Traveling? Camping? Backpacking?
You're sitting in a restaurant in a foreign country. That glass of water in front of you — is it safe to drink? You take out your SteriPEN and, ZAP, clean, safe water to quench your thirst.
I was very excited when our Katadyn water filter arrived. Why? Well, first of all because I have never had anything like it. It's a very cool little tool. It has so many uses:
During any kind of disaster where electricity is interrupted, an emergency radio would be a good investment for keeping in contact with the outside world.
Solar/battery operated radios will work when your cell phone won't - not that they do the same thing, but most emergency radios also have cell phone chargers built in.
Now you can cook without any fuel at all - just the sun. Learning how to cook with a solar oven is both necessary and so easy you'll wonder why you don't do it all the time. Think of the money saved from not using your regular oven.
Use in an emergency, take it camping, or cook dinner in it just for fun! . . .
Paracord should be a staple in your survival supplies. Just having a roll of it is prudent — just tuck it into your bug-out-bag.
But having it handy, woven into a bracelet, key chain, belt, or lanyard can be a lifesaver. Wear it on your wrist in bright colors and there will be no digging though a B.O.B. when an emergency arises.
Flashlights are a pretty mundane subject to most people, at least they used to be. With the invention of the white LED, flashlights have become revolutionary devices, especially for Preppers.
We currently own several well-made, expensive, machined aluminum flashlights, but all things considered, they really don't compare well to modern LED flashlights.
We still own those big, machined aluminum flashlights, but we have "replaced" every one of them with smaller, brighter, more energy efficient, LED flashlights.
You may not think there's much to learn about filling and using an oil lamp, but there are some little tips and tricks to make the job easy. It's not like flipping a light switch. It isn't difficult but, done correctly, it will become second nature to you.
When the power goes out due to a storm, disaster, or power company issue, it's comforting to have several methods of providing light when evening comes.
Being comfortable using a knife will increase your chances of survival. Whether you are camping, building fires, or hunting and preparing game, knowing how to use a knife is essential. However, knife safety is a tough aspect to grasp, especially if you’re a complete newcomer to the entire equation.
We’ve lost touch with our old heritage, the way things used to be done! Knowing how to use and be safe around knives is a vital life skill. It really should be taught in school. By passing these skills on to our children, we can give them a vital skill which will last a lifetime.