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Everybody Should Have an Emergency Kit

by David M Coulter

An Emergency Kit is everyone's best friend and could save your life. An Emergency Kit could contain all the essentials for a person or people to live for at least three days or more in an emergency situation. Some people call the Emergency Kit a Bug Out Bag, GO bag or a Survival Kit. Things that are put into the kit can vary from person to person, but the basics are usually the same. Some things could depend on factors such as the environment, terrain, climate.

Here is a basic list of things that should be put into your Emergency Kit or Bug Out Bag. It is not the only things that you should have, but a basic list.

Water is a big essential item when it comes to Emergency kits. The amount could vary from person to person, but the 2 liters to a gallon per person per day is usually enough. Some pre-made kits include water in boxes, like kids fruit drinks. You could boil water if need be or use water purification tablets or get a water purification kit like a backpacker or camper might use. Also have 6-8 Energy Bars for a temporary food source.

Get a good First Aid kit. The commercially available kits are a good start, but you will need to add to the contents. You never know what type of emergency you could be in. Add insect or sting medications. Plan for animals or other critters. And don't forget your personal medications.

Other important items include: a 36 hour Emergency Candle, a Bic style lighter, a 5 in 1 Survival Whistle, Waterproof Matches, A Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight, an Emergency Poncho with a hood. Also include a pocket knife or maybe a Swiss Army type knife. These just about have every tool possible in them. Also a small battery operated radio.

Pack some extra clothing for an evacuation or emergency. If the clothing you have on, got wet or torn, it could be a cold night or day. Keep a change of clothes stashed in the kit. Keep an Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag. Also stash a pencil and pad of paper in your kit. You may need to leave someone a note.

Two things that I would include without a doubt, would be a copy of my Driver's License or State issued ID and some cash. Maybe $250 or more. If a tornado or other disaster happened, the power may go out, your personal items such as you wallet or purse maybe gone and these two items could go a long way.

Pack all of these things into a Backpack, Rucksack or Day pack. You could put the pack on your back and leave your hands free for the situation.

Many people out there have their opinion of what should be put into an Emergency Kit, Bug Out Bag, Go Bag or Survival kit; I researched mine from the Dept of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross. The key with making your own kit is to pack the necessities. An Emergency kit is normally used in cases where in an emergency evacuation of the area is necessary. So Plan for your area, do you live in the mountains, woods, city, near a river or lake? Some experts recommend packing enough to last for 3 days, maybe longer if you live in a remote area.

David Coulter is a Security Expert and a retailer for many brands of Personal Security and Self Defense and Survival products. Visit us at









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