Start getting your disaster survival kit ready now. On any given day, the news headlines alone can stricken you with the fear of humanity's impending doom, but you don't have to be another statistic.
Putting off survival preparations for you and your family is one of the riskiest chances you can take, but it's never too late to get started.
No-one knows when disaster will strike, but by forming a plan and building your disaster survival kit, the odds of pulling through are much greater.
The past decade has shown us a scary trend in the magnitude of natural disasters. Hurricanes seem more deadly and destructive than ever, earthquakes are becoming possible no matter where you live, and tornadoes and windstorms seem to be occurring more often and hitting harder.
While relief eventually arrives to the impacted areas, it can take days before conditions are habitable. Having a disaster kit (or two) on hand will help keep you and your family healthy, independent, and ready to brave the elements.
Every disaster survival kit should include the essential items needed to maintain safe and habitable living conditions - enough food and water to last at least three days, a water purification system, shelter, blankets, medical supplies, tools, and clothing.
If you want to construct your own emergency survival kit, here is a good checklist to get you started:
Be sure to check out Creek Stewart's book Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag to help you get prepared, form a plan, and put your preparations into action.
This book offers a complete checklist that tells you exactly what to pack based on your survival skill level and the needs of you and your family.
This book includes detailed pictures and practice exercises that teach you how to use everything you include in your disaster kit.
You never know where you'll be when disaster strikes, so keeping multiple survival kits in areas you'll be at most is the best plan. Store at least one (two is probably best) 3-5 day survival disaster kit at home in a location that is easy to get to. If possible, store all of your survival supplies in one portable container or bag.
If a disaster or crisis occurs while you're at work, you should be prepared to shelter in place for at least 24 hours.
In addition to the normal supplies needed for a home survival kit, you workplace survival kit should include comfortable walking shoes, in case an evacuation requires walking long distances. Your workplace kit should also be in one lightweight package in case you are evacuated.
Finally, in case you get stranded while traveling, you should keep a disaster survival kit in your car. In addition to the normal items (food, water, shelter, blankets), your vehicle kit should include jumper cables a shovel.
If you aren't comfortable with the idea of organizing your own disaster survival kit, several companies have taken the work out of staying prepared during the worst of times.
SurvivalKitsOnline sells a comprehensive disaster survival kit for two people, designed to last 72 hours. This kit has everything you need (and more) to make it through a disaster until relief comes, all packed in a deluxe hiker's backpack:
Ready America also makes a 72 hour comprehensive disaster kit, with enough supplies for four people. Their kits are US Coast Guard approved and make a great addition to any survival plan.
With a shelf life of over five years, the Mayday disaster kit is one of the top choices for providing complete survival coverage at an affordable price.