Our mission here at SurvivalGearSystems.com is to see every household in America prepared for at least one disaster. Looking at statistics over 2018, and even the past decade, disasters have become more frequent and more intense.
Disasters can include hurricanes, tropical storms, power outages, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and more. We have seen devastation across the world nearly every week in 2018, and a large number of us have experienced at least one disaster or emergency that caused us to either leave our home or call an ambulance. It only makes sense to prepare for the unexpected well ahead of time.
I have put together a list of items every household should have in case of emergencies or disasters to ease the event or help recover after the event.
4 things you must have to prepare for a disaster
- Grab and go survival kits or bug out bags. Every office and household should have at least one survival kit, if not one for each person in the home or office. These kits are typically packed with first aid, food, essential tactical gear, communication devices, emergency sleeping and shelter, and much more.
- Emergency food supply. The most difficult thing to do after a disaster is find and pay for food. While there might be some assistance, what if you have a long term power outage and need easy to prepare meals for the family? What if your finances are strained because you need to put that money to repairing your home or staying in a hotel? It makes sense to have at least one month of emergency food on hand for any number of situations.
- Portable power supply. It is really amazing how affordable portable power sources are today compared to ten years ago. Some generators are electric, solar, or both, and weigh less than 30 lbs. Some can even be charged with a car battery outlet. Even the smallest solar power systems on the market today can power your lights, refrigerator, and washer & dryer during a power outage.
- A high quality first aid kit. While your survival kit or bug out bag might have some first aid supplies, they probably will not be enough for a major emergency to actually save a life. Be sure to have a first aid kit for your car, office, and home that has all the supplies needed to help save a life.
Disasters can happen any time, any where. Most families and individuals end up relying on FEMA or some type of assistance. Others lose everything and must start over. In any case, it makes sense to prepare for these occurrences so that the impact is minimized. It is also important to get some sort of training, such as CPR, survival, or emergency response. There are also a number of survival training professionals today that can teach you and your children essential skills to survive traumatic or disaster situations.