Living in Florida means you when June 1st comes around, its time to check the hurricane survival kit. I personally have not lived through any larger category hurricanes, but one will come one day and I want to make sure my family is ready. We moved here a few months after the year the 5 hurricanes came through our area. I know!! What were we thinking. We had bought our lot months before the 1st hurricane happened. My parents were already living here and they seemed to handle it just fine. Just out of utilities for a few days, but the house held up fine. We live basically right in the middle of Florida and there would have to be a Cat 4 or 5 storm before we would leave our home and head north.
Before I moved to Florida, I lived in Missouri where we have daily earthquakes. Small ones, but, still earthquakes just the same and its just a reminder that I was living on one of the largest earthquake zones in the US. The New Madrid Earthquake Zone. I have experienced a few 5+ earthquakes and that will make you think quickly. I also had a pretty good survival kit at home and in my car. I was on the road pretty much all week and wanted to make sure I had items on hand in case I was stuck in my car for awhile. Blanket, water purification tablets, extra clothes, food bars, etc. One thing I learned after taking a disaster course is you are basically on your own for a bit and you can’t depend on others for the first few days. That hit hard. Especially having a small child in the house.
Everyone, no matter where you live, should have some kind of survival kit on hand because you never know what may happen with the weather or things that just happen in the world we live in. I was looking for nice disaster survival kits and found some really great ones at HG Survival Kits. The basic kit is shown in the above picture and this is what what is included:
All items are packed securely in our Multi-pocket Hikers Backpack which contains extra space available for personal items.
The kit includes the following:
Food and Water: The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for 72-hours without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.
6 – 400 Calorie Food Bars (2400 Calories)
6 – 4 oz. Water Pouches
10 Water Purification Tablets – each tablet purifies 1 liter of water
Light and Communication: In the event of a power outage caused by you’ll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world.
AM/FM Radio with Batteries and Headphones
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight – 3 LED flashlight
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches
Shelter and Warmth: These supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter.
Emergency Survival Blanket
Emergency Poncho with Hood
Tools: These items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
N95 Respirator Dust Mask – NIOSH approved
Each of our items is packed securely in a storage bag that is resealable and waterproof.
Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. Staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.
3 Pocket Tissue Packs
3 Wet Naps
First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances.
37 Piece Portable First Aid Kit
Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
Deck of Playing Cards
Emergency Survival Kit Information:
This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. It follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.
All this for $30.00!!! Great price!!
They also sell food by the case which can be stored for a long period of time.
And don’t forget to have survival items for your pet too. Especially water.
Don’t let the next disaster catch you with nothing to help you and your family.