Survival Tools

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Survival tools - The ones you should have

Rarely do emergencies happen when we are prepared. Emergencies also often occur when members of the family are not together. Even though one cannot accurately predict when an emergency is going to happen, it is important that one has the basic survival tools so as to mitigate against loses of life and property. In many cases, you will need to survive on your own after an emergency has occurred. You will thus need to have your own food, water and other necessary supplies in order to be on the safe side.

On a bare minimum, your basic survival tools should serve you for at least three days. Emergency relief workers may not be at a scene immediately. Sometimes it could even take days before they arrive at your location.

It is very likely that the basic services such as electricity, gas, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or weeks before they are restored. This is way you should be always be prepared with an emergency plan of some sort.

You need to have at least one battery or self powered radio in the house. This will help you keep abreast of the latest news and headlines. You will also need to have at least one reliable battery or self powered flashlight for emergency lighting since the electricity will be out. I wouldn't hurt to have a few candles somewhere around the house.

In case there is no clean water, hand sanitizers will help in the protection against bacteria and viruses so that all safe water can be used for drinking.

A first aid kit will also help to ensure lives are saved at the early crucial moments. Usually, the most damage occurs during the first few hours of a disaster. A first aid kit would therefore be very important in such a situation.

Equally important is the availability of qualified first aid practitioners. everyone in the family should study at least the basics.

It is a good idea to have a good folding knife or a good multi-tool that can perform many functions. This can come in very hand in an emergency situation.

You can survive without food but water is essential so be certain you have enough for a minimum of three or for days. Have extra for hygiene and cooking.

Here is a list of survival tools you will need in almost any disaster situation.

A whistle which with to call for help and get attention. This is especially important in an inaccessible area
-A dust mask to filter the contaminated air
-A mist towelettes, plastic ties and garbage bags
-A wrench or pliers will be needed in order to turn off the power utilities
-You will need local maps or a phone with GPS navigation features so as to track directions and places.
-It would be good to have a cell phone which has chargers, solar charger and an inverter.
-Prescription medication and glasses.
-Instant formula and diapers for children.
-A water proof container should be used to store the important documents such as bank account details and copies of insurance policies.
-A sleeping bag or a warm blanket for each person.
-Household chlorine and medicine dropper will ensure that the water is clean
-Fire extinguisher

Follow the above survival tools suggestions and your chances of survival will be greatly increased.