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A good way to start a survival list is to start with categories. Shelter, food, first aid, water purification, clothing, tools and personal hygiene. These categories can then be divided into survival bag, school bag, retreat or home. The items on the list for your survival bag will need to be easily transported. Supplies for your home can be larger and heavier. A retreat list should include items that can be stored over long periods of time without being checked regularly. By creating a master list first you can develop an overall plan for purchases and less likely to forget a small but important item.
The items on your list may not be identical to the items found on another persons list. Depending on your skill level, location and age your needs may be different than your neighbor. Providing emergency shelter might be easy for someone who knows how to make a lean to. A person with limited knowledge would find the emergency shelters available through Nitro Pak a more viable solution. Tents provide great emergency shelter but they can be heavy and difficult to set up during a storm. Having a few space blankets on hand can provide a make shift shelters or rain resistant covering can provide fast, efficient lightweight shelters.
Every home and vehicle should have a first aid kit. When preparing a first aid kit for a retreat location add additional supplies that will be needed over a longer period of time. Epson salts are very useful but are heavy and would not be good to carry in a survival bag.
When making your master survival list consider the value of the item, its usefulness and then the shelf life. Supplies stored in a remote location may be exposed to temperature extremes so do not include items that might freeze unless you can provide protection for that item. This is especially true of long-term storage food. Ideally foods will last longer the lower the temperature, and for every five degrees above 70° Farenheit you lose months off the shelf life of dehydrated, canned and freeze-dried food.
The following are examples of how you can use to create your own survival list. Starting with a list is an efficient way to determine what supplies will be best for you and your family to have in any type of emergency.
Survival Bag: space blanket, tarp, string, duct tape, electrical tape, hatchet, survival axe
Home: tent, supplies stored in the basement, generator, fuel, propane camp stove
Retreat: hand tools, nails, tarps, space blankets, axe, saw, hatchet, concrete mix, kerosene heater, kerosene
Survival Bag: over the counter medications, vitamins, wound care supplies, insect repellant, chap stick, tweezers, scissors, magnifying glass, medical masks
Home: Liquid chlorine bleach, double the amount of all standard first aid supplies, Epson salts, case of medical masks, emergency first aid manuals
Retreat: Dry chlorine bleach, medications for animals, over the counter medicine, baking soda, light salt, sugar (which are the ingredients used to make home made electrolyte replacement fluids,) splints, waterproof pads, suture kit
Survival Bag: Life boat rations, freeze dried food, water purification tablets, hard candy, survival tablets, vitamins
Home: Dehydrated food, freeze dried food, flour, sugar, salt-iodized and pickling, juice powder, dry milk powder, canned meat, legumes of all types, rice, pasta, water purification filter
Retreat: 5 gallon buckets of flour, sugar, cornmeal, legumes, rice, large bags of salt, cooking spices, dried meats, dehydrated foods, freeze dried foods, water purification system plus extra filters, oil, lard, honey, as well as canning supplies
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