(Originally posted in early 2004. Like Marc says, seemed relevant again. Speaking as a Canadian, there's a lot to be said for keeping a Canoe, Sea Kayak, or inflatable boat handy in flood-prone areas. Kim du Toit's firearm inclusions, below, may also make more sense to folks as they watch New Orleans on TV these days.)
I know at least 5 bloggers that have full emergency kits ready to go in case of earthquake, flood, fire, major terrorist attack, etc. Not to mention beefed-up first aid kits for general use. They're great ideas, and they can and do save lives - but what should go in them?
You have questions, Winds of Change.NET has answers - plus some real people you can talk to for clarifying information, if you wish:
- Marc "Armed Liberal" Danziger's Super First-Aid Kit is useful in so many situations. If you stock only one of these kits, this is the one most likely to be used.
- Speaking of medical info. and preparations, some thoughts re: people on prescription meds or who need medical devices. People died in New Orleans because they screwed this up. More re: the equally necessary paperwork (which applies equally to people NOT on meds) can be found...
- Here. Don't forget your critical papers, especially if you need to get out of Dodge. Take a look at the list and the reasons you'll need them; they can save you from danger and massive loss, as well as future hassles.
Now, in terms of other disaster-related supplies:
- Blaster's Bug-Out Box. "Remember, it isn't being paranoid, it is being prepared. And, from a practical standpoint, if you keep some stuff like this around, you won't be standing in line at the grocery store before the next snowstorm or hurricane or whatever other emergency might come."
- Marc "Armed Liberal" Danziger has one, too... but it's a "Get Home Kit," and he explains the difference. This is a small, cheap day pack that you can leave in the car or at the office, and a set of supplies at home once you get there.
- Kim du Toit is another member of the Bug-Out Box brigade, which he describes as a "Grab-and-Go" - complete with details and even pictures. Mr. du Toit, who grew up as an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, also has a grab-and-go kit for his family's emergency guns. Your Mileage May Vary.
- Got pets? Read Robin. Otherwise, the fates this FOX News article describes from New Orleans describes could befall your pets, as well (Hat Tip: Mike Daley).
- Higher still on the threat meter, Jane at Armies of Liberation details her family's preparations for dealing with the possibility of a "dirty bomb" radioactive attack.
Sorting through these lists is fast and useful - but if that gives you headaches, go over to Blake at LaughingWolf.NET and he'll walk you through the most important aspect of these kits: how to make sense of it all via the right thought process, why certain things are included, and some official sources of free information.
"They all boil down to five basic types of damage: personal injury, structural damage, consumables, wire systems, and infrastructure. Five things that are relatively easy to cope with, especially since many of them call for the same basic supplies."
IF you're prepared, of course. Be prepared!