Are you secretly afraid that the unspeakable could happen?
You and your family need to have a plan in place when disaster strikes. Whatever the emergency is: natural disaster, pandemic, terrorists attack, blackouts, hazardous material incidents, etc... During any of these emergency situations, your family needs to have a safe place to meet along with a plan on how to get there depending on different situations, how to contact each other (in case cell service and phone lines are interrupted), and the emergency supplies your family will need tailored to living needs of each member of your family.
Build an Emergency Supplies Kit
Your basic emergency supplies kit as recommended by ready.gov should include the following items:
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
If food supplies were interrupted for any variety of reasons (i.e. crashes of grocery store computers or computerized delivery systems, a natural disaster, civil unrest riots, trucker strike, etc.), existing store supplies would disappear within hours. No amount of money in the bank could put food on your table...for sure not the kind you enjoy today. And how about those credit cards and ATM cards--if the power is out or computer lines are down you'llbe on your own. This does not need to ever happen to you or your family. All you need to do is simply take a few prudent steps today and get prepared with your own food reserves.
At South Summit Survival we stock many different brands with many different recipes for you to stock your emergency supplies kit with. Such as Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods and Backpacker Pantry's #10 Cans that have a shelf-life of up to 25 in their airtight packaging. These long life cans are available in dozens of different delicious gourmet flavors and recipes and are offered in main entrees, vegetables, fruits, and breakfast meals.
If you're looking for something to "Grab-and-Go", in an emergency situation we offer Wise Company's Grab and Go Kits and Mountain House Buckets. These ready-made meals are packaged in a pouches and stored in an easy-to-carry plastic container. They will safe valuable time getting you and your family to safety in an unplanned emergency. Plus, the stackable design makes storing them easy and convenient.
Water Storage and Purification
After a disaster, potable water from your regular water sources may be cut-off or contaminated and clean water may not be readily available. Individual needs may vary, but a good rule of thumb is to have at least one gallon of water per person for drinking and sanitation needs. You should also have at least three days of water per person. This emergency water supply changed every six months. In an emergency situation you don't ever want to ration your water intake. Even if supplies are low, drink what you need today and look for more as you need it.
When your water storage begins getting low, finding safe water to drink can be tricky. Untreated water, besides having a bad taste or odor, can be very unsafe for you because it can contain microorganisms that can cause hepatitis, dysentery, cholera, and/or typhoid. When you safe water storage runs low, you will need a reliable way to purify any water to make it safe to drink or cook with.