Prepper Battle Box

How To Prepare A Prepper Battle Box

Today’s article talks about the strategy of preparing a Prepper Battle Box that you can store in a safe place ready to use in times of emergency. Continue reading to find out the answers to the following questions:

What Is A Prepper Battle Box?

Why Do I Need A Prepper Battle Box?

What Should You Include In Your Prepper Battle Box?

What Can I Use As A Prepper Battle Box?

Where Should I Store My Prepper Battle Box?

What Is A Prepper Battle Box?

The Battle Box strategy is not new in fact it’s being used by businesses and organizations as part of their incident and crisis management disaster recovery planning procedures.

The idea behind the battle box is that if you are forced to evacuate after a disaster, and you are unable to take anything with you. You give yourself a better chance of recovery because you have prepared and stored in advance a battle box, with the essential documents and equipment you would need.


Why Do I Need A Prepper Battle Box?

Many principles of the business battle box strategy would also help preppers to become better positioned to recover from an emergency or disaster that affected them or their families

It’s important to point out that the prepper battle box strategy is not the same as preparing a bug out bag. Whilst both share some similarities there are key differences.

A bug out bag is normally stored in a home or work location and is designed to be easy to grab and go if you are at home or work and have enough warning of an emergency occurring.

The battle box strategy is an extra level of emergency preparedness which is based on the fact that there will always be a possibility that you may have to evacuate immediately unable to take anything with you. Or if you are not at work or at home at the time an emergency or disaster occurs and are unable to gain access to the property either temporarily or permanently.

Its impossible to guarantee the protection of our homes and the ability to remain in place against many of the following risks:

  • Flooding.
  • Fire.
  • Earthquake.
  • Biological or Chemical Attack.
  • Nuclear Strike.
  • Sink Holes.
  • Tornado.
  • Loss of Utilities.
  • Evacuation.
  • Pandemics.
  • Severe Snow and Ice

There is nothing wrong with preparing for all the above emergencies by making plans for bug out bags, sheltering in place and food and water storage. However, we should also consider forward planning for the possibility that we either can’t get home, have to leave instantly or worst case scenario or homes are completely wiped out.

Forward planning by preparing a prepper battle box and storing it in a safe location is another layer of preparedness that will help to minimise the disruption caused.

What Should You Include In Your Prepper Battle Box?

The following lists are not exhaustive, there may be other documents and equipment that are specific to your needs which will need to be included. This an area where you must take some time to think carefully about the items you would need in an emergency if you can’t return home.

Documents

Depending on your situation you should store original or copies of the following documents along with any other important documents that you feel you will need.

  • List of Emergency contact details.
  • Insurance company details.
  • Financial and banking information.
  • Contact details and account numbers of utility companies.
  • Home inventory list.
  • A list of the location of gas, electricity, and water shut off points.
  • Local Authority, contact details.
  • Passports.
  • Birth certificates.
  • Marriage certificates.
  • Important medical information.
  • Photos.
  • Physical map books of the local area or other areas you would travel to.
  • Contingency plan on what you’re going to do next.

Equipment

  • Computer backup discs.
  • USB sticks and memory cards.
  • Spare keys.
  • Flashlight and Spare Batteries.
  • Hand Crank Flashlight.
  • Headlamp.
  • Emergency radio and spare batteries.
  • Hand crank radio.
  • Waterproof Paper and pen.
  • Disposable camera for recording evidence in an insurance claim.
  • Empty Backpack for removal and transportation of required battle box items.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Medication.
  • Light sticks.
  • Goggles.
  • Gloves.
  • Footwear.
  • Other items of clothing.
  • Face Mask / Dust mask.
  • Mobile Phone.
  • Satellite telephone.
  • 2 Way Radios.
  • Fire Starting equipment.
  • Cooking equipment.

Food, Water, And Hygiene

Store enough water and non-perishable food that will be enough to enable you and your family to move on to the next stage of your emergency preparedness plan. Whether it be moving on to a planned safe location or sheltering in place until you can return to a safer environment.

Remember to include some basic personal hygiene supplies that you or other family members may need.

What Can I Use As A Prepper Battle Box?

What you use as a battle box will depend on your budget and the number of documents and equipment you plan to store. Ideally, your battle box should be strong, secure, water and fireproof.

Before heading out to buy a box have a look around your home and or workplace to see if there is anything that would be suitable to use. This will help you to save both time and money.

Where Should I Store My Prepper Battle Box?

Your battle box should ideally be stored in a safe place that is away from your home but provides you with access in an emergency. Only you and other family members should know its location as you don’t want it to be removed or raided.

You may have a secure bug out location that you can store the battle box in or an underground bunker/storm shelter. You may have access to a remote location where you can safely bury the battle box.

Make sure you check your battle box every 6 to 12 months to make sure the box is secure and change out any perishable items. Swap in or out any items that you may need due to a change in your circumstances.

Prepper Battle Box Conclusion

Preparing a prepper battle box and storing it in a safe place is another layer of preparedness that will give you more options and help you to survive. If you already have a battle box prepared or you have any suggestions that prepperbits readers would find helpful let us know in the comments section below.

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