Disaster Survival Kits

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

All about Disaster Survival Kits

In the event of any disaster, the common resources that we normally take for granted such as food, water and electricity will most likely be unavailable. Thus, for a certain amount of time, you can reasonable expect to be on your own without any sort of help. This means that you will have to survive on by any means possible until some form of help arrives.

While the body is naturally capable of surviving on its own for sometime without food or some of the luxury items such as electricity, having one or more disaster survival kits will help your chances of weathering out the disaster until aid arrives. Disaster survival kits are therefore, some of the most essential supplies that any household or workplace should have.

Just having the disaster survival kits is not enough. You will have to ensure that it contains all the basic items that you will require to outlast the disaster. Most people fail to calculate the amount of basic supplies that they will need and tend to economize on the supplies within the disaster survival kit. This can be dangerous as the supplies may not last the duration that you are trapped without helped. Thus, ensuring your disaster survival kits are properly stocked should be taken very seriously.

The basic supplies that any disaster survival kit should have include water, food, a torch and dry cell batteries, as well as a first aid kit. Some items may be optional such as blankets, a solar or dry cell radio for communication purposes.

Proper calculations have to be considered when choosing any particular disaster survival kit. These calculations will depend mostly on the number of people the disaster survival kits are expected to cater for. One important calculation relates to the amount of food and water that will be stored.

On average, a well stocked disaster survival kit should have about one gallon for every person per day. Thus, if the disaster survival kit is supposed to cater for a family of four for a week, then it should stock about 28 gallons of water. Food rations should be calculated in the same way. As such these calculations will determine the overall size of disaster survival kits. As expected, the price of disaster survival kits will rise with an increase in size. However, this should not be a primary factor used when selecting the kit as you cannot put a price on your personal safety and well being.

Finally, all disaster survival kits have to be properly stored. An ideal location would be an environment that has zero moisture and humidity, as well as one that has cool temperatures. Moreover, the kits should be located in an easy to access location should a disaster occur.