North America and most European countries are experiencing the winter season. This is the time when you need to be heavily dressed and ensure that their home is heated at all times. Hardly will you see people hovering around the city center or rushing to and from the supermarket as everyone is indoors due to the cold. However, survival kits are not just designed to see you through the winter season. Survival kits are designed to ensure that you survive the next 72 hours in case of a disaster...
before help arrives on the scene.
A good survival kit should be able to sustain your vital body functions until the arrival of an emergency team. You should have survival kits with you at all times when going hiking or skiing in the mountains. This is because you never know what may happen or how long it may take the emergency team to get to where you are. An emergency survival kit will determine whether you live or survive when you find yourself in the wilderness cut from civilization.
There are particular items such as blanket, bottled water, canned food, torch, utility knife and matches which have to be in an emergency survival kit. These are usually considered as basic requirements. The reset are secondary but still essential to your survival. The amount of food and water in a survival kit ought to last you for at least 3 days before help arrives.
The following are some of the benefits that you stand to gain by building an emergency survival kit:
- You will be able to nurse your injuries in case of an accident, thus wading off infections which may cause your wound to become septic.
- You will be able to stabilize your body in case of an accident before emergency response team arrives.
- You will be able to ensure the safety and well-being of your family in case of an emergency.
Building an emergency survival kit
As pointed out earlier, an emergency survival kit is supposed to sustain you for at least 72 hours before an emergency response team comes to your rescue. Illustrated below, are some of the things that your emergency survival kits needs to have:
- Five liters of water for every person per day. For three days, this translates to fifteen liters of water. Multiply this by the number of people that you have in your family.
- Non-perishable foods (i.e. canned foods) which can last you for three days. While choosing canned foods, make sure that you are catering for the nutritional needs for every member of the family. Moreover, do not forget to include a can opener.
- If there are persons in your family who are being medicated, do not forget to include their medications.
- Pack enough blankets for everyone.
Other things that you should remember while building an emergency survival kit are:
- Diapers if you have a baby. But, also remember to include a diaper disposal.
- Disposable cups and plates.