Choosing The Right Survival Tools and Equipment

It always seems like this is the time of year when stores have their pallets of food out for sale. From canned tuna fish, to powdered eggs and milk. But the biggest problem is that you should be stocking up and survival tools and equipment all tools_group_600wdsthroughout the year, not just a few times. There are many different kinds of survival tools, and not just food. You should always be prepared for an emergency, because you never know when a disaster may strike. Being prepared can save your life.

For basic survival kits, dependable survival tools and equipment you can visit emergencyresponsenetwork.org. They have a lot of great survival gear at low prices.

There are different types of survival tools and equipment, much of it depends on where you happen to be in an emergency. Basic survival tools that you will need no matter if you are at home or on the go is a survival knife, flashlights with extra batteries, or even a flashlight that has a hand crank.

Survival Insurance: Planning for the Worst

Over the last five years, I have worked to prepare myself and my family for a disaster. I have purchased survival gear, developed certain survival skills and even worked to educate others on disaster planning and survival. I know there are some readers

 

who may be thinking that this was written by some crazy prepper who expects the world to end by some terrible cataclysm. That is the furthest thing from what I believe and it is not my motivation for preparing for a crisis that may or may not happen.

If nothing else, I am a pragmatist, and by that I mean I look at life through a lense that tries to see both the good and bad things that are possible. Though I always pray for the best, I know the worst can happen because events take place that tell me they can. Instead of ignoring those events, I use those as motivation that one day that tornado may just come calling on my house, or a house fire may happen and force me and my family from our home.

To plan for the bad things that may or may not happen is not an odd notion, and in fact almost everyone reading this is already actively engaged in some form of preparedness by having any one of the dozens of different types of insurance already available. We buy insurance in order to mitigate against a risk or threat. I may get in my car tomorrow, get distracted, and rear-end someone on the road.

Survival planning and preparedness is not different than those types of insurance already mentioned. And in the same way I view those insurance policies, I hope I never have to use the insurance I am building through preparedness.

Since 9-11, the world has change, but the threats that existed before are still the ones that will most likely affect you. In the survival seminar I share with groups, we talk about how there are global disasters that are high impact and devastating, but their probability is extremely low. The range of disasters most people have to worry about here in the good old USA are what we categorize as personal or local disasters. House fires, job loss, wildfires, tornadoes, chemical spills and more really happen everyday somewhere in America and though those disasters have a low impact in the number of people they affect, the lives of those affected are shattered.

Without a plan and basic survival supplies (or insurance), I can not imagine how these people will cope with being removed from their homes and/or jobs for the foreseeable futures. Where do they go? Who picks up the kids? Who is getting the medicine dad needs? What about the dog? Is there any clean water? A plan answers these questions and more well before the first raindrop falls.

Your insurance keeps you from suffering undo hardship during a difficult situation. You pay thousands for it each year. What price do you put on knowing that you and your family will have a plan and the basics ready if you ever forced from your home, lose your job, or something worse does happen?

Disaster Preparedness Strategy – Three Stages of Survival

Stage 1. There is no way to predict when disaster may strike. The best way to survive disaster is to first prepare for a short-term emergency, such as 72 hours. That is why your purchase of disaster_preparation_lgquality survival kits for each member of your family and pets is highly recommended. Once you have done that, you can at least feel better knowing that you have taken the first step to preparing for a small disaster. Unfortunately, many disasters are not small. Take Hurricane Katrina of 2005, for example. Hurricane Katrina spread destruction across 7 states, with New Orleans, Louisiana being the hardest hit. If you don’t live in an area which typically suffers attacks from hurricanes, how safe are you from other natural disasters? The extreme temperatures of 1980 killed 1260 people in the United States. The 1980 disastrous heat wave and drought caused crops to fail and the resulting food shortages brought increased food prices to consumers. Since storms typically cause over half of natural disaster fatalities, why not focus your initial survival planning there? Storms often knock out electrical power from wind, flooding or snow, so plan for storm disasters first; especially if you feel overwhelmed with all of the “what ifs” disaster scenarios.

Stage 2. Once you are satisfied that you and each member of your family can survive an emergency for three days, then immediately make a survival plan for one week! Yes, I am talking serious disaster preparedness here! Last winter a storm hit our area with 90 mile/hr. winds and the power went out. One section of our community was without power for two weeks with below zero temperatures. Another community in our state had a total snowfall of 18 feet in January 2012 while another community had 27 feet of snow. There were no deaths, and neighbors helped neighbors, people didn’t panic, a lot of small generators powered up, wood stoves burned through lots of stored wood, and all survived. People hauled water when their pipes froze, and didn’t starve, because they were well prepared with canned and smoked fish, frozen moose meat, and canned/frozen berries and garden veggies. Local community agencies offer many resources to help residents survive. By this time you may be thinking that our climate is harsh. Yes, and we don’t run from it, either. We stock up on food and wood and other supplies all summer. We hunt, fish, can, dry, and freeze foods to store for winter. We prepare, dig in, and survive! You can, too. Even if you are living in an urban setting, you can buy items on sale, and stock up!

Stage 3. That brings me to the subject of extreme disaster preparedness – planning to survive one month! Yes. Our winters in Alaska are 8-9 months long! Oh yes, we have cities here. We work and buy food at stores just like everyone else. But if you have ever been here, you may have left with the impression that Alaskans are serious about their rights to subsistence fishing. Moose hunting season empties a lot of offices around Anchorage and Fairbanks in the fall season. Winter comes once a year, and it’s rough, so we make ready.

Sounds easy? Well, someone told me that researching something is the easiest part of any project. The hardest part is to stop researching and START DOING!

So let’s start with the easy part – research. There is a plethora of information available online. There are disaster plan guides you can download, survival lists, and gardening tips galore. There are government agencies with resources to help. Utilize your LOCAL community resources to find out about local edible plants and how to get the most out of your gardening efforts for your own climate and soil types. Check out university extension services in your area for edible plants indigenous to your area and plant the seeds they recommend. These are just a few ideas.

START DOING NOW! Revise your Survival Plan to supply you and your loved ones for at least one month. Include renewable resources native to your region and a few hand tools. Drill it down to just the essentials on your list of survival items. If you can survive one month, you will survive 9 months! By doing your research, you have the knowledge you need for most emergencies.