Basic Emergency Survival Planning For Beginners
With the number of natural disasters on the increase, now more than ever is the time to undertake some basic emergency survival planning. None of us really wants to think about being in the middle of a disaster where we live. But the cold hard facts are that we know it could happen to us. So you can either be prepared for it or ultimately end up wishing you had.
As part of life, we purchase insurance in case something happens to our homes or our cars. It simply makes good sense to also have a plan and survival supplies in place in case a natural disaster strikes. The first step is to make a simple plan to stock up on the essential supplies you would need. This plan will help you avoid stocking the wrong things or not stocking up well enough.
Storing Your Supplies
Before you start stocking up on supplies, you need to determine where you are going to store your supplies and how much space you have available. If you have a basement or a cellar this is generally the best place to stockpile your supplies. Plus they are great places to use as shelter in an emergency.
The second best storage area is in a garage or a storage shed. If you don’t have either of those you can make room in a closet for storing your emergency supplies. A closet is sometimes the only option for people who live in flats and apartments.
Once you’ve determined how much space you have and where you will store your supplies. The next step is to start making a list of essential items you will need to survive during a power outage or disaster. Once you have your list, figure it into your budget and start stocking up a few items each week. An extra can of soup and a bottle of water once a week can get you stocked up and be easy on your budget.
What Basic Supplies Do I Need?
We can only survive 3 days without water so Your first essential need will be a stock of drinkable water. This can be quite a bulky item to store. However, you can buy water in rectangular containers that can be stacked. You should have enough water stocked for each person to have half a gallon per day. Plan for at least 3 days worth, per person, in case something major strikes and you are unable to get out.
We can only survive for 3 weeks without food so this is the next item you need to stock up on. Think about how many people you are providing for. You will definitely want some food items that do not have to be heated. For example, items that can be eaten out of a can or packet.
In addition to the key areas of food and water, you will also need some other basic supplies to cover areas such as personal hygiene, medical and first aid plus emergency survival tools.
Basic Emergency Survival Planning Summary
Planning ahead for normal life events often comes easily to us. planning for a natural disaster or emergency survival isn’t something we keep in the forefront of our minds. We’re so used to convenience and everything is within our reach. We forget things beyond our control can happen that change and interrupt our lives. Mother Nature does not discriminate and disasters are as I write happening all over the world. Sadly this is proof that it could happen to any of us at any time.
The purpose of this article was to give a brief insight into basic emergency survival planning for those of you that have not yet started to prepare. sometimes breaking a task into smaller chunks removes the barrier that prevents us from getting going.
Once you get going you can then delve into more advanced emergency preparedness planning. To do this you can browse other articles on our blog and take a look around the many prepper related sites on the net. There is a great community of preppers out there and each site has valuable insights and information.
You can also take a look at our Prepper Resources Section where you will find links to helpful prepping sites and free checklist to download.