Help with survival kit.

Help with survival kit.

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    Help with survival kit.

    OK. the latest poll here got me thinking of my survival kit for the family.
    I was on a website that had a great list...but alas I can't find it. Does anyone have a list? There are many out there, but none are tactical or firearm based. any help or direction would help. I have two small kids, so I have to modify any list. I have some of the basics like a generator that run my house, water reserve, and ammo, but I don't keep enough gas around.
    I would like to know general quantities of needed staples.
    thanks for any help.

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    I can recommend you go do some reading on the THR thread - from last year post Katrina. I think you'll find much of considerable value.
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    By request and for review:
    With the threat of catastrophic terror attacks on US soil, the below is a list of actions to take and supplies to have on hand to help us survive the next hit (storm or terrorist).

    Pre Event Actions:

    1. Learn about the natural disasters that could occur in your community from your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter. Learn whether hazardous materials are produced, stored or transported near your area. Learn about possible consequences of deliberate acts of terror. Ask how to prepare for each potential emergency and how to respond.

    2. Talk with employers and school officials about their emergency response plans.

    3. Talk with your household about potential emergencies and how to respond to each. Talk about what you would need to do in an evacuation. If someone in the family has a critical job, expect them to be gone.

    4. Plan how your household would stay in contact if you were separated. Identify two meeting places: the first should be near your home—in case of fire, perhaps a tree or a telephone pole; the second should be away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.

    5. Pick a friend or relative who lives out of the area for household members to call to say they are okay.

    6. Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.

    7. Post emergency telephone numbers by telephones. Teach children how and when to call 911.

    8. Make sure everyone in your household knows how and when to shut off water, gas, and electricity at the main switches. Consult with your local utilities if you have questions.

    9. Take a first aid and CPR class. Local American Red Cross chapters can provide information. Official certification by the American Red Cross provides “good Samaritan” law protection for those giving first aid.

    10. Reduce the economic impact of disaster on your property and your household’s health and financial well-being:

    Review property insurance policies before disaster strikes – make sure policies are current and be certain they meet your needs (type of coverage, amount of coverage, and hazards covered – flood, earthquake, etc.)

    Protect your household’s financial well-being before a disaster strikes— review life insurance policies and consider saving money in an “emergency” savings account that could be used in any crisis. It is advisable to keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks at home in a safe place where you can quickly gain access to it in case of an evacuation.

    Be certain that health insurance policies are current and meet the needs of your household.

    11. Consider ways to help neighbors who may need special assistance, such as the elderly or the disabled.

    12. Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed in public shelters. Service animals for those who depend on them are allowed.

    13. Ensure all immunizations are up-to-date. If we are hit with true mass causality event, the bodies may lie around for days or weeks. Rotting corpses will cause disease outbreaks.

    14. If you have a disability or special need, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your household in an emergency. If you know of friends or neighbors with special needs, help them with these extra precautions. Hearing impaired may need to make special arrangements to receive warning. Mobility impaired may need assistance in getting to a shelter. Households with a single working parent may need help from others both in planning for disasters and during an emergency. People without vehicles may need to make arrangements for transportation. People with special dietary needs should have an adequate emergency food supply. Find out about special assistance that may be available in your community. Register with the office of emergency services or fire department for assistance, so needed help can be provided quickly in an emergency.

    15. Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure they know how to operate necessary equipment.

    16. If you are mobility impaired and live or work in a high-rise building, have an escape chair. If you live in an apartment building, ask the management to mark accessible exits clearly and to make arrangements to help you evacuate the building. Keep extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for guide or hearing-ear dogs, or other items you might need. Also, keep a list of the type and serial numbers of medical devices you need.

    17. Those who are not disabled should learn who in their neighborhood or building is disabled so that they may assist them during emergencies. If you are a care-giver for a person with special needs, make sure you have a plan to communicate if an emergency occurs.

    Preparedness Overview:

    You may need to survive on your own for three days or more. This means having your own water, food and emergency supplies. Try using backpacks or duffel bags to keep the supplies together. Assembling the supplies you might need following a disaster is an important part of your disaster plan. You should prepare emergency supplies for the following situations:

    A disaster supply kit with essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days—this kit should be kept in a designated place and be ready to “grab and go” in case you have to leave your home quickly because of a disaster, such as a flash flood or major chemical emergency. Make sure all household members know where the kit is kept.

    Consider having additional supplies for sheltering or home confinement for up to four weeks.

    You should also have a disaster supply kit at work. This should be in one container, ready to "grab and go" in case you have to evacuate the building. Remember to have a comfortable pair of shoes in case you need to walk long distances.

    A car kit of emergency supplies, including food and water, to keep stored in your car at all times. This kit would also include flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies.

    Stockpiling Water Safely

    Stocking water reserves should be a top priority. Drinking water in emergency situations should not be rationed. Therefore, it is critical to store adequate amounts of water for your household. Individual needs vary, depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet, and climate. A normally active person needs at least two quarts of water daily just for drinking. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more. Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed. Because you will also need water for sanitary purposes and, possibly, for cooking, you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.

    Store water in thoroughly washed plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Don't use containers that can break, such as glass bottles. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Sound plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles, are best. You can also purchase food grade plastic buckets or drums. Containers for water should be rinsed with a diluted bleach solution (one part bleach to ten parts water) before use. Previously used bottles or other containers may be contaminated with microbes or chemicals. Do not rely on untested devices for decontaminating water.

    If your water is treated commercially by a water utility, you do not need to treat water before storing it. Additional treatments of treated public water will not increase storage life. If you have a well or public water that has not been treated, follow the treatment instructions provided by your public health service or water provider. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

    Seal your water containers tightly, label them and store them in a cool, dark place. It is important to change stored water every six months.


    If activity is reduced, healthy people can survive on half their usual food intake for an extended period or without any food for many days. Food, unlike water, may be rationed safely, except for children and pregnant women.

    You don’t need to go out and buy unfamiliar foods to prepare an emergency food supply. You can use the canned foods, dry mixes and other staples on your cupboard shelves. Canned foods do not require cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener.

    Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is fairly cool. To protect boxed foods from pests and to extend their shelf life, store the food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.

    Replace items in your food supply every six months. Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded. Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies. Date each food item with a marker. Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in front.

    Food items that you might consider including in your disaster supply kit include: ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables; canned or boxed juices, milk, and soup; high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, low-sodium crackers, granola bars, and trail mix; vitamins; foods for infants or persons on special diets; cookies, hard candy; instant coffee, cereals, and powdered milk.

    Buy a box of MRE entrée’s – 72 packages of main course MRE meals and keep them at home. They will fee a familty of four for about a week. It’s no frills eating.

    You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it may take days. Basic services, such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones, may be cut off for days, even a week or longer. Or you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you.

    You probably won’t have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you’ll need. Your household will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes.

    First aid:
    Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
    Assorted sizes of safety pins
    Isopropyl alcohol
    Hydrogen peroxide
    Antibiotic ointment
    Latex gloves (2 pairs)
    Petroleum jelly
    2-inch and 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6 each size)
    Triangular bandages(3)
    2-inch and 3-inch sterile rolled bandages (3 rolls each)
    Cotton balls
    Moistened towelettes
    Tongue depressor blades (2)
    Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    Anti-diarrhea medication
    Cough Suppressant
    Space Blanket
    Mole Skin & Foam
    Snake Bite Kit

    A portable, battery-powered radio and extra batteries
    Flashlight(3), extra bulbs(6) & batteries(12)
    Oil Lamps (Hurricane)
    Signal flare(6)
    Waterproof Matches
    Magnesium Fire Starter
    Leather-man Tool(2)
    All Purpose Knife(2)
    Duct tape
    Plastic sheeting
    Small canister, A-B-C-type fire extinguisher(2)
    Work gloves (2)
    Paper, pens, and pencils
    Needles and thread (2)
    Wrist Watch
    Honing Stone & Oil

    Kitchen items:
    Manual can opener
    Mess kit
    Fork & Spoon
    Frying Pan
    Plastic Forks, Spoons, Knives
    Heavy Duty Paper Plates
    PUR Drinking Water System
    Extra filters for PUR Water Filter
    Water Bottles
    Propane Stove
    Propane Grill
    Extra Case(s) Propane
    Heavy Duty Tin Foil
    Trioxane Stove
    Trioxane Fuel
    Sterno Fuel
    ZipLoc bags (Lg & Sm)

    Summer Sausage
    Beef Jerky
    Slim Jim
    Peanut Butter
    Hard Candy
    Freeze Dried Dinners
    Canned Veggies
    Canned Meats
    Canned Soups & Stews
    Bulk Flour
    Bulk Grains (Wheat, etc.)
    Salt & Pepper

    Water (1 gal. per person per day)

    Sanitation and hygiene items:
    Washcloth and towel
    Hand sanitizer
    Liquid detergent
    Tooth paste and toothbrushes
    Feminine Supplies
    Shaving cream
    Lip balm
    Insect repellent
    Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags (to go potty in)
    Toilet paper
    Medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid
    Chlorine bleach
    Shovel (for a latrine)

    Personal identification
    Emergency phone numbers
    Maps of the area

    Extra pair of prescription glasses
    Extra set of car & house keys
    Reading material, books, etc.
    Games for the kids

    Clothing (no cotton):
    Heavy, Waterproof Boots
    Wool Socks
    Rain gear
    Hat w/ visor
    Capelin Pants (4)
    Wind pants
    Polypro Shirt (2)(short sleeve)
    Polortek Shirt (2)(Long sleeve)
    Polartek Pants (2)
    Polypro Boxers(5)
    Gortex/Thinsulate Parka
    Gortex/Thinsulate Bibs

    Sleeping bag
    Sleeping pad
    Small Tarps
    Large Tarp
    Folding Chair
    Nylon Cord

    Notice I have not included firearms, that's up to you. Also DO NOT delude yourself into thinking you're going to pull off a Jeremiah Johnson or Jedidiah Smith and go all mountain man and hunt for your food. The game will be hunted dry inside a matter of DAYS. If you're not prepared in advance, you won't make it.
    Former Army Infantry Captain; 28 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; NRA Patron Life; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry
    I can recommend you go do some reading on the THR thread - from last year post Katrina. I think you'll find much of considerable value.

    Great Thread, if you have the time, definitly read that one, its nine pages, but well worth it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCurry1
    Great Thread, if you have the time, definitly read that one, its nine pages, but well worth it!!!
    That is quite a complete list you have there Ex.

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    One important thing that is often not considered is a small handhelld water purificaton filter. With it, water can be safely taken from a stream,lake,pond or even a puddle. Standing water in a bucket, pipe or even a tree trunk can be used. The smaller units will easily filter up tp 50 gallons.

    Defenitaly much easier to carry than water which is 8 pounds per gallon and can it can fit in a fanny pack. They cost anywhere from 30-100 for a packable unit.

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    wow thanks chris and ex. that info is going to keep me busy for a few weeks, but is exactly everything I was hoping for....thank you thank you thank you.
    once again people on this forum simply amazes me. This thread with all the info should not be lost. It may become more and more important as time goes on.

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    This is what I came up with a while back. Still considering and mulling it over. Might as well run it past a new group.

    Level 1- Small Pack

    1. First Aid Kit
    2. Hydration Gel
    3. Bottled water
    4. Emergency rations
    5. Fire-starter
    6. Emergency Blanket
    7. Lightweight Tarp
    8. Pistol and extra mags
    9. Sewing Kit
    10. Duct-tape
    11. 100 ft para-cord
    12. Leather-man tool
    13. OC Spray
    14. Rain Poncho
    15. Toilet Paper
    16. Lighter
    17. Dry tinder
    18. Small Flashlight
    19. Purification Tablets
    20. Survival Knife

    Level 2- Large Pack

    1. Survival Manual
    2. Quilt
    3. Mess kit
    4. Rugged tarp
    5. 100 ft strong rope
    6. Maps
    7. Shovel
    8. Machete
    9. Binoculars
    10. Water filter
    11. Bleach and eye dropper
    12. Toothbrush and paste
    13. Soap and washcloth
    14. 2-way radio
    15. Emergency radio
    16. Dust masks
    17. Net hammock
    18. Fishing Tackle
    19. Compass
    20. 3” Magnifying glass
    21. Leather gloves
    22. Super Glue
    23. Pen and notebook
    24. Snare wire
    25. Wire ties
    26. Plant Identification Book

    Level 3- Wagon (Pull cart, Flatbed, Bicycle Trailer)

    1. Wagon/ flatbed/ bike trailer
    2. Extra food
    3. Extra Ammo
    4. 5 Gallon container (2)
    5. Assorted Plastic Bags
    6. Basic Carpentry tools
    7. Basic Metal working tools
    8. Basic Auto tools
    9. Small Raft
    Tulsa, OK

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    How about a Rifle?

    Even a 22 for small game.

    Or a BIG one for Bigger game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkie
    How about a Rifle?
    Even a 22 for small game.
    Or a BIG one for Bigger game.
    Forgot to mention, full size pistol and rifle are a given. The pistol in the small bag signifies my CCW piece which might not be full size.
    Tulsa, OK

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