This post may contain affiliate links. Read my affiliate link disclosure hereThis is continuous post from my previous post “Be Prepared for What?“. You may want to read that first about all the different types of emergencies you need to be prepared for. It was taken from AnalyticalSurvivals video (find at bottom).
After describing all the types of emergencies AnalyticalSurvival goes on to lists the 9 requirements on how to be prepared for ALL emergencies.
What are the minimum requirements needed to over come these types of disasters?
Items needed for a 72 hour period for your “basic items” to keep you situated until you can find a place for long term. Include items such as food for 3 days, water filtration system, a way to carry water, first aid kit, hygiene kit, shelter items, ways to cook and start fire, way to communicate and radio, light, ect. 72-hour kits should be made specific to YOUR needs! Get our free “Step by Step Guide to Customize your 72-Hour Kit” here!
***Updated: You’ll also want an Emergency Car Kit for your vehicle. Click here to read more about why you need an emergency car kit.
You can’t get around NOT storing water. 3 Days is ALL you can make it without water… less depending on where you live. You NEED water. There are many ways to store water. Various sizes of water bottles, water bricks like this or this. Or larger water storage like water barrels or a waterBOB. Searching pinterest will also give you multiple ideas on how to make your own Rain Water Collection System.
“You’re gonna have to eat sometime”… yes, it’s inevitable. There are SO many options about storing food. Canned, Freeze Dried, Dehydrated, Short term, Long term… For more information on how to start storing food read 5 Steps to Start Your Food Storage or go to my Food Storage Page for more information. He takes food storage up a notch, and have a week to a month supply “mobile”… on wheels for easy take out to the car for longer emergencies. AnalyticalSurvival also recommends having your own way to grow fresh food.
In an extensive disaster, it might be hours or days before 911 Assistance makes it to you… if they do. Plan to have an extensive trauma bag. Take classes to learn CPR and other first aid basics to learn how to use your supplies.
“Don’t just have the first aid kit. But KNOW how to use it”
In a serious disaster, there is a very good chance your communication will be down… even your cell phones. He talks about having a scanner and antenna to be able to hear what is going on in the area. This allows you to react faster to dangerous things happening. A hand held radio and walkie talkies are great as well.
You need a type of generation for alternative power. It is also recommend to have a good basic supply of your every day batteries for your basic every day items. This is an item for those of you living in cold winter climates. Download a checklist on how you can prepare your home for winter here.
aka Personal Protection. “If you can’t survive an attack, all your preparations are meaningless” says AnalyticalSurvival. I have to be honest, that this is more my husbands topic of interest. I don’t mind going shooting, and can handle my own with a gun, but I am not interested in shooting anything. Again and again I have to try to mentally prepare myself, that if someone is attacking my family, I need to do something, before they hurt them. It is OK.
AnalyticalSurvival goes on to describe many different types of weapons. You know what you feel comfortable with, use what you know how to use and fee comfortable with. If you prefer a knife over gun, go ahead. Please make sure you have training to use your weapon so you don’t hurt yourself or others on accident.
8. Action Plans
If you have ALL the gear and EVERYTHING you need… you will “sell yourself short” if you don’t have any plans for what to do in case of emergency. Start by making a list of each different emergency you may come across. Then, make a step by step plan on what you will do. Finally, PRACTICE! Practice so you will know what to do, without having to look at your plans. Practice so if something doesn’t work, you know BEFORE the emergency arises.
Make sure you are continually training and taking classes to increase your knowledge on how to be prepared. The three main categories AnalyticalSurvival talks about to train in are:
Learning how to be prepared is just as important and having all the equipment you need and the knowledge on how to use it. If you get a chance, watch his video for more in depth information as well as everything he has in his house for his own personal use and survival.
Whats one area you could improve on?
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Comments from readers:
Jessica- “Having had so many of my family and friends be in such a state of panic during the south louisiana flooding, I agree with all this. If they’d had 72 hour kits, good and fresh clothing wouldn’t have been an issue, whether stuck in a flooding house or a flooding shelter. Even weapons….there are awful people who were trying to loot homes….with the family still inside along with flood water!”
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