Prep These Items If You Want To Survive An Unexpected Crisis
We live in an era of peace… or more realistically, an era of fragile peace. In fact, a crisis can break our peace anytime and they raid our news headlines many a times. For instance, the Marawi terrorist attack, Boston marathon bombing, Las Vegas shooting, or something that mother nature stirs up like Hurricane Irma and Harvey. If you are live and well, you are a fortunate being. But if you’re not prepped up when a crisis strikes, your luck may just burn out.
Here is a list of items you would want to prepare prior to a crisis.
Allocating storage space
Before we start, allocate a space (2 large travel bags) in the corner of your storeroom for your bug-in items and then place your bug-out bag on the top.
List of Prep Items
Water & Food Supply For At Least 72 Hours
You need instant access to clean water, especially during the first 3 days of a lockdown where strictly no one is allowed to roam the streets. Health authorities generally recommend us to drink 2L (0.5 gallon) of water per day. This is equivalent to 8 glasses of 8 ounces (8×8 rule).
Besides drinking, you’ll need it for basic hygiene practices as you don’t want diseases to start spreading and aggravating your crisis. And lasting, water is needed for cooking needs. Based on the Sphere Project, the minimum emergency amount of water (consumption, hygiene & cooking) each person needs 7.5 – 15 L per day. Stock up on bottles of mineral water accordingly.
Water consumption does vary on many factors such as activity, climate & diet. In times of crisis, you want to ration out your water beforehand and try to keep your consumption low. Drink the proper amount you need each time. Do not drink in sips as it will not meet the threshold for your body to even utilise.
It is recommended to stock up minimum one week’s worth. This may seem challenging if you live in a small urban area, but the good news is that you probably have several days of food ready in your home already. For instance, if your refrigerator stopped working in a crisis, you would want to consume your fresh items and frozen food first. They can supplement your emergency supply.
Canned food is good for this purpose since they are ready to eat and last typically for a few years.
Take into consideration the taste and preferences of you and those living with you, because eating familiar food in times of crisis keeps your morale up for survival. You also need to consider dietary restrictions.
And when your water and food supply are about to expire, you can always consume them. And then there are other ready-to-cook foods that can last for years and more: dried pasta, powdered milk, white rice, salt, sugar , wheat, beans, vinegar, corn starch and instant noodles.
Your backup water supply will eventually run out, and normal access to clean water may still be cut off in times of a crisis. As you adjust yourself to lockdown conditions, you will start sourcing for alternate sources of water. The only water that you may be able to access then is untreated water like rivers, ponds, and even sewers.
This is when you’ll need a portable water filter to treat the raw water into potable water. The filter pore needs to be at least in the micrometer range to sift out harmful microorganisms. Simply pump the water through the filter and you’re ready to drink.
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Some of you may prefer using a water filter straw which is more convenient if it’s for personal use.
If you need a quick drink, use a water purification tablet or solution. Try 1 drop iodine (can be betadine brand) to 1 litre of unclean water. Give it 30 mins to do its magic and drink to try! Check out these purification tablets from Guardian.
But what if you stumble onto an unknown water source? You can use a water quality test pen to determine whether it’s potable, but running it through a water filter would be the safest bet.
I wouldn’t want to waste my time trying to open canned food and bottle caps with my bare hands or with rocks. I prefer opening everything in the blink of an eye with a multi-purpose opener.
There will be times when you need to get everybody’s attention. Blast this multi-purpose whistle out and save your voice for the talking. Its built-in compass prevents you from getting lost, and its thermometer tells you the temperature of your surrounding.
Vitamins are lighter in weight and longer expiry date than regular food. Healthy food may NOT be easily available after a crisis, and you can’t afford to suffer from malnutrition as you scuffle through a crisis. Supplements maintain your immunity and your body functions while you fill your stomach with bread and biscuits. Someone told me the irony is that we are unable to locate healthy food even in peacetime!
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Even in peacetime, we should always have a 1st aid kit in case we need it. Even a simple paper cut can get you infections. You would want to at least have common items: Alcohol or non-alcohol antiseptic wipes, Bandaids, Cotton Balls, Cotton Swabs, Iodine, Bandages, Disinfectant, Gauze, Saline, Dressings.
An instant emergency ice pack will also come in handy as it doesn’t require refrigeration. These ice packs can be activated anytime simply by crushing them to create an endothermic reaction inside the packs.
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It is generally assumed that during an emergency situation, outerwear will be worn for an extended period of time. Set aside 2 to 3 sets of fresh clothing, including socks and underwear.
Also, put in an outer jacket that is waterproof and thick enough to keep warm should you be caught in the rain.
Fire starting tool
Flammable items like matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter, 9volt battery, etc. come in handy for starting a fire when you have no access to your gas and all other heat appliances.
Fun fact: Do you know that even your alcohol hand sanitizer can be used as fuel to start fire after spraying it over dry cotton?
A disaster plan in print
A professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster should be kept for reference. This should be a printed hardcopy plan that includes the location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes, etc. Bear in mind when there’s a blackout, you may not be able to use your smartphone or GPS. For a start, check out SCDF reading materials.
Maps and travel information in print
These materials help you plan your next route, especially if you have to evacuate your current bunker. Some underground train stations are used as bomb shelters, so you’d want to mark them on your maps beforehand too.