Between coronavirus and natural disasters seemingly growing by the day, people need to be ready if disaster strikes. We know that, but unfortunately the idea of really making a home preparedness pack feels daunting so many people don’t even start. This is a mistake, because it’s both important you have one, and it’s not as tough as you may imagine. So if you’re wondering how to make a home survival kit, here you go.
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The Cost of Prepared Survival Kits
If you are a business owner and your company constructs survival kits to sell, you are probably making a pretty nice living at the moment. In a 2017 survey by Pureprofile, it was determined that 68 million Americans have recently purchased survival gear. On top of this, about 100 million people in the United States already had a survival kit of some sort on hand just in case. This means half of the adult population in the US is already prepared in some way for a catastrophe.
There are many companies offering prepared survival kits to a concerned public. The price of these kits can range from a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. However, rather than depend on someone else to make a correct survival kit for you, you should probably just create one for yourself. After all, who knows better than you about your needs in case of a global emergency.
You can purchase most of the basic supplies on your own through Amazon or similar online stores and spend much less than going with a kit that is already prepared for you. For instance, here are a few of the items you will want and the price you can expect to pay for them.
- Gallons of Water
Experts recommend one gallon of water per person or animal, per day. That can be a lot to manage, but if you buy one gallon every time you go grocery shopping, you’ll be stocked up in no time. Plus, they’re usually inexpensive and on sale.
- Emergency Food Supply
You can always start canning vegetables and other foods on your own. However, if you’re not handy in the kitchen you can purchase an emergency food supply kit that will cost you less than a dollar a meal. This Wise Company Emergency Food Supply has a 25-year shelf life and will provide you numerous meals to choose from.
- First Aid Kit
If a disaster happens, it will be tough getting medical help — especially for minor injuries. In California’s Northridge quake, which happened in the early morning hours, one of the biggest issues that sent folks to the ER was broken glass in the feet. For less than $30, you can get a first aid kit that has more than 300 pieces to it.
If power is out, banks and ATM machines won’t work. Assuming this isn’t the zombie apocalypse and society won’t totally collapse, cash will still be useful. The Simple Prepper recommends having enough cash to cover a month’s worth of critical living expenses, while other sites suggest a couple hundred dollars.
- Self Powered Radio, Flashlight, and Charging Station
The RunningSnail hand-crank device will be indispensable if something should arise. And, at less than $20 you should have a couple of them throughout the house. For about $20 you can get an all-in-one device, and you might want to get a couple of them for your family.
- Emergency All Weather Tent
If your house is unlivable, the outdoors may be an option. The SharpSurvival Emergency Survival Shelter Tent is small, less than $10, you can have a tent set up in seconds.
- Space Blanket
Ever hear of a space blanket? If it is good enough for astronauts, it will be fine for you. You can get four of these for about eight dollars.
- Fire Starter
Don’t settle for a lighter that is only usable a few dozen times and only in the best situations without wind or water. A fire starter will last forever and costs less than $20.
Assuming there’s not a natural gas leak, a couple of hundred long-burning candles could be beneficial to have in case of an emergency.
Think you don’t need this? Think again. You won’t know what you’ll need until the situation arises, so having this 13-in-1 Camping Tool is perfect. If you spend about $20, you can get 13 tools in one. It offers a hatchet, hammer, knife, and many more useful tools.
Take Advice from the Experts
Jason Charles is a New York firefighter and leader of the organization N.Y.C. Preppers. The group helps those in the city prepare themselves for being able to fend for their family if something bad goes down. For example, Charles himself says he has enough supplies to last for a year and a half for him and his family if an apocalypse happens.
Scott Bounds, also a member of N.Y.C. Preppers, recognizes familiar patterns that happen when disaster strikes. “Watch a documentary about Katrina. Look at something about Sandy, years afterwards. Look at Puerto Rico right now,” Bounds told The New Yorker’s Michele Moses. “You have to realize that people are not going to come take care of you. You really have to be able to take care of yourself.”