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Survival Kits Info

What is a Survival Kit?

Considering our world is increasingly dangerous and fraught with the threat of terrorism and disasters, we must prepare. Hence our brand name. One of the very best ways to prepare is to own personal and company survival kits or packs. A survival kit or pack is comprised of disaster supplies to be stored at your home, your workplace, your vehicle(s) or other locations where you spend a lot of time. Survival kits generally include emergency food, emergency water, emergency lighting, emergency first aid supplies, emergency sanitation and shelter supplies and other essential items needed to survive the initial stages of an emergency situation.

Most survival kits are standardized, offering an array of essential items for catastrophic events. Yet, some survival kits are more specialized and packed for regional conditions such as: blackouts, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fires, terrorist attacks, bird flu’s, and/or chemical and gas attacks. 1800Prepare.com either stocks or can build custom emergency survival kits dependent upon your specific needs.

Here’s a cautionary tip: Most survival kits have a 3-5 year shelf life.  Please be sure to check with the manufacturers’ suggestions with respect to storage, ration life, items that require batteries and anything else you need to keep your kit up-to-date and ready at a moment’s notice.

Items Supplied in Emergency Survival Kits

Emergency survival kits go by many different names: Survival Kits, Emergency Preparedness Kits, Ready Kits, Go Kits, Go Bags, Disaster Kits, 3-Day Kits and 72-Hour Kits. While they are called a diversity of names, they are all essentially built around the same principle: having enough survival and safety supplies on-hand and in a safe place to prepare you if you are suddenly faced with an emergency. Survival kits are a critical preparedness component and are one of the very first items our government recommends you have on-hand.

“You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need”. (from www.FEMA.gov)

It is important that you only use your survival kit in the event of a serious emergency. Your kits shouldn’t be utilized if you simply need a quick band-aid or a flashlight for a household chore. You want to be sure that if you really ever really need to grab your kit….everything is in it. We recommend that you keep other safety supplies in your home, office and vehicle for day-to-day use.

The idea behind survival kits is that you get to ensure your safety by having access to the things you need. However, what happens when your survival kit fails to do this? Then putting together one would have been in vain, right? Survival kits only have meaning if you can use them. To make sure that yours is always ready, see to it that you also do maintenance work. Don't know how? Here are some things for you to keep in mind:


• Keep your canned goods in a cool, dry place.
• To extend shelf life and keep pests away, store boxed foods in airtight plastic containers or tightly closed metal containers.
• Check food items regularly and if canned goods get dented or swollen, throw them out.
• If you have foods with expiration dates, use them before that day comes and just replace with fresh supplies.
• Every six months, water and food supplies should be changed.
• Write the dates on all containers to guide you accordingly.
• Since families grow, re-think your needs each year and make the necessary changes to keep your survival kits updated.
• Use airtight plastic bags for everything and put the entire survival kit in one or two containers that are easy to carry. You can use most anything just as long as you make sure that you can easily just grab it and go.

A quick tip

Have a disaster plan and make sure your entire household is aware of what they should do. If you're not sure regarding how to go about making a disaster plan, you can get a copy of your child's school's disaster plan and just augment it to suit your family. Make sure everybody at least knows what emergency numbers to call and what rendezvous points will be used.

Helping you prepare

If there is a survival item you desire that’s not listed on our site, please let us know. We’ll be glad to not only acquire it for you but add it to our line. We look forward to providing you the best survival and emergency preparedness products available and wish you safety…always.