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Survival Preparedness Kit

It's fairly simple to put a survival preparedness kit together. In fact, you just have to think of the most basic items you use everyday and stock up on those. Then to make things easier, a survival preparedness kit may be bought, complete with everything you need. When disaster strikes, you just pick it up and go and head for safety. But besides making sure that you've got a survival preparedness kit for yourself, here are also a number of things you can do to help keep you safe when disaster strikes:

• Even seemingly harmless items in your home can cause damage and injuries so watch out for anything that can fall, break, move, or cause fires.
• Repair leaky gas connections and defective electrical wiring.
• Brace overhead light fixtures.
• Strap water heaters to wall studs to keep them secure.
• Repair cracks in foundations or ceilings.
• Store pesticides, weed killers, and other flammable objects away from a heat source.
• Place polishing rags and other oily waste in covered metal cans.
• Check flue pipes, chimneys, gas vents, and vent connectors and make the necessary repairs.
A quick tip

To help you in planning out a strategy to keep your family safe, you can get a copy of your child's school's emergency plan. You can just augment their plan to suit your needs. Once you have a set plan, make sure all the members of your family are briefed on what they should do. Everybody should know where the survival preparedness kit is, as well as emergency numbers and set rendezvous points in case you lose sight of each other in a disaster.

When disaster strikes, you might find yourself in a situation wherein you're going to have to survive on your own, as help might not always come right away. You have to have a ready supply of food, water, and other essentials to ensure that you will be safe. Good thing there are survival preparedness kits you can use.

Assembling a kit

Survival preparedness kits contain the most basic of items. After all, comfort and luxury takes a backseat on this one since primary focus is put on keeping you alive. Still, that doesn't mean you'll be totally roughing it out. Survival preparedness kits should include:

• Water: Weather conditions, health, and physical activity determine what's adequate, but at least a gallon of water should be made available for each person per day for drinking and sanitation purposes. Store enough to last at least three days. Change water in containers every three months and keep away from direct sunlight.
• Food: Just like water, at least a three-day supply must be stored for each person per day. Stick to non-perishables and as much as possible opt for those that require very little to no refrigeration, preparation, and cooking, as well as little to no water. Ideal food items include ready-to-eat canned fruits, vegetables, meats, soups, milk, and juices, sugar, salt, and pepper, high-energy foods like peanut butter, granola bars, and trail mixes, infant formula, and comfort foods, such as cookies, sweetened cereals, and hard candy. Don't forget to bring a manual can opener.
• First aid kit and supplies: First aid kits for survival preparedness kits should contain gauze pads, adhesive bandages, adhesive tape, triangular bandages, roller bandages, tweezers, needle, moist towelettes, thermometer, antiseptics, tongue blades, petroleum jelly (or other lubricants), safety pins, soap, and latex gloves. Non-prescription drugs, like aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, laxatives, and activated charcoal should also be included.
• Clothing: A full change of clothes should always be included. If you live in the colder areas, extra layers must be packed for warmth.
• Other items: Includes mess kits, emergency preparedness manuals, portable radios or television sets, extra batteries, flashlights, traveler's check or cash and change, tube tent, pliers and wrenches for turning utilities off, compass, tape, waterproof matches, aluminum foil, signal flares, paper and pen, and a local map

Be prepared

It's not everyday that you're going to need a survival preparedness kit. But when you do, you're going to want to make sure that everything is there. To ensure you've got all your bases covered, 1-800-PREPARE stocks up on top-quality tools and equipment, as well as tips and information in order to provide you with all the essentials needed for your safety. This is a one-stop shop right here, so you won't have to go anywhere else to complete the things you need. We offer first aid items, books, emergency flashlights, food and water, hygiene and sanitation products, shelters, bags, and entertainment.

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