Harvey Harman

It can be overwhelming figuring out where to start being prepared in advance for emergencies.  Yet with the increases in extreme weather events as a result of global warming, and the uncertainties brought on by political, economic, or environmental turmoil, being prepared for emergencies is more important than ever.  

Here is a list of first steps to take towards being prepared for whatever event you might need to deal with.

Step 1: Identify at least 2 different locations that are easy for you to access. This might be at your home and at a friend’s or relative’s home, or at your home and your office, or even at your home and in a container in the trunk of your car.

Step 2: Have an emergency kit with basics essentials in those 2 different locations you’ve identified.  Essential items for an emergency kit might include the following:

       –non perishable easy to prepare food

       –water or supplies to filter or purify water

       –one good change of all purpose clothing and a plastic poncho

       –a tarp or roll of plastic for emergency cover

       –a blanket for warmth

       –soap, toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, wash cloth, and towels

       –flashlights and batteries, or a solar light

       –matches and fire starting material

       –a first aid kit

       –essential prescription drugs you or a family member need

       –sewing kit for repairing clothing including small scissors

       –duct tape or something similar

       –rope (especially parachute cord)

       –basic dishes and cooking pots

       –copies of essential documents (birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, etc.)

       –cash for emergencies

       –a few basic tools.   My top list are the following:

1.  A good all purpose bush knife

2.  A sharp foldable saw

3.  A hatchet with blade on one side and pounding surface on other side

4.  A small shovel

 A good goal is to have the most important items condensed into one easy to carry backpack and the other items in a second small backpack, which can also easily be carried if needed.  That way if you can only take one backpack you take the one with the most essential items.  

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