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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

What should you have in an Earthquake Survival Kit?

Not dissimilar from a 72-hour kit, an earthquake survival kit in the context of this post is geared towards keeping in one’s vehicle. While it is also wise to keep supplies at home, this particular kit (in your car) will be available to you both at home or at work (assuming you drive there) and wherever else you might be when ‘the big one’ hits…

An important place to keep an earthquake survival kit is in your vehicle, because while most people do have some basic provisions at home – they have nothing in their cars. Most people work and spend 8-10 hours away from home most every day. Approximately 1/3 of your life is spent at work. Therefore there is approximately a 33% chance that the earthquake will strike while you’re at work.

Very similar to a 72-hour kit, the earthquake kit will contain enough food and water (or means to acquire water) for 3 days, along with other basic supplies to help you through that hypothetical time period.

The following is a list of supplies to consider while building your own earthquake survival kit.
In no particular order,
Food
Keep foods that are compact, calorie dense, don’t require cooking, and will store conveniently enough. Count the calories. Try to achieve 6,000 total calories (2,000 per day). Choose a variety of foods. Calorie-dense food bars are a good choice. All canned food is Okay to eat without cooking (you’ll need a manual can opener). Consider including some sweets like hard candy or even chocolate bars for quick energy. Avoid very salty foods or snacks. Include a spoon for eating – who says you can’t still be civilized during a disaster.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Earthquake Survival Kit 101

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By Ken Jorgustin

Survival preparedness websites, blogs, forums, all emphasize the message of procuring a storage of survival food to be rotated and used during times of need or when TSHTF. In fact it is probably the most often written-about topic on many of these sites, rightfully so I suppose. It is the basic fundamental need for survival. Food and water.

We too have written our share of articles promoting the notion of building up an extra supply of food. Instead of re-hashing the same message yet again, I got to thinking about another angle. What about the ‘criteria’ for survival food storage?

 

The criteria are the requirements that should be met.

 

Survival Food Storage Criteria (Requirements)

Your criteria for food storage will vary depending on the intent or use-case-scenario. For example, the survival food that you choose for bulk storage and/or rotation at home may be different from what you choose to keep in your vehicle 72-hour kit, which may be different from what you will keep in your bug-out-bag, which may be different from what you will take with you on a hiking or camping expedition. Etc.

 

Home Survival Food Storage

Should be foods that you KNOW you will eat

All foods should have a shelf life of at least one year

Some of the food (bulk storage) should have long term shelf life (years +)

Long-term food storage sealed using good methods and proper containment

Should contain a variety of groups including meats-protein, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy, sweets, fruits

Storage should contain cooking oils, condiments, spices

Some of the food should not require cooking

Should utilize a food rotation method (first-in, first-out) to minimize spoilage or expiration

Know the reality about ‘Use-by’ and ‘Sell-by’ dates

 

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Special attention towards calorie-dense foods

Foods that do not require cooking

Shelf life at least 6 months (rotate vehicle food storage every 6 months regardless)

Foods less susceptible to heat or melting while stored in the vehicle

If in cold environment, choose foods that won’t freeze (contain little moisture)

Packaging that can be readily opened (keep can-opener if necessary)

 

Bug-Out-Bag or Backpack Food Storage

Foods you know that your system agrees with…Continue Reading at Modern Survival Blog: Survival Food Criteria

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Here’s a great post and list for a 72 Hour Bug Out Bag  from our friends at http://www.survive2balive.com/ thanks GA!

 

The check-off list provided below can be used as a foundation for a 72 hour emergency bag (bug out bag) for two adults.  This list should be viewed as a starting place for your personalized bug out supplies.  Every person is unique and environments vary offering different challenges.  Feel free to save this list and start creating a bug out bag tailored to your specific needs. Many of the items on the list can be found at local retailers, sporting goods stores or on-line through websites such as E-Bay.  Survive2balive.com recommends shopping around for the best prices but remember you are creating a survival bag and you may one day depend on these tools for the safety and survival of yourself and your loved ones:
Carrying Equipment:
1 large backpack with frame
1 pair of GMRS hand held walkie talkies
2 pairs of work gloves
Maps:
1 survival handbook
2 toothbrushes
2 toothpastes
1 roll toilet paper
Feminine products:
4 large garbage bags (contractor type)
2 hand sanitizer
2 bars soap
First Aid:
1 first aid kit
1 bottle sun block
1 week of medications

 

Français : Panneau d'évacuation en cas de Tsun...

Français : Panneau d’évacuation en cas de Tsunami, en Nouvelle Zélande. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With recent seismic activity going on around the world and with such a large portion of the world’s population living on or near the coastline Tsunamis pose a considerable threat to human life.

These seismic waves sometimes called “Tidal Waves” or Tsunamis can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open ocean and are typically caused by underwater disturbances such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and less frequently meteorite impacts. Tsunamis travel out in all directions from the point where they originate and as they approach land build in height as the floor of the ocean meets the shoreline. These waves can be as high as 100ft or more with the right conditions and can destroy all in its path. What can be a small Tsunami in one place can cause massive destruction in another depending on the topography of the ocean floor and coastline.

All Tsunamis are potentially dangerous and warnings should always be taken very seriously. When earthquakes or landslides occur close to the coastline the first waves can reach the shoreline within a few minutes, even before warnings can be issued and communicated to the general public. The greatest risk zone would be that of areas less than 25ft above sea level and within 1 mile of the shoreline.

Here is a list of things you can do to protect yourself and family from a Tsunami;

  • Build an Emergency Kit or Bug-Out-Bag that’s ready to go if you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Make a Family Evacuation Plan and practice it with all members of your family so they all know what to do and where to go if a tsunami occurs. You should be able to follow your escape route night or day and be able to reach your safe location within 10-15 minutes by foot. Evacuating by car may not be an option due to roads being clogged or blocked by other people fleeing.
  • Know your town, city or communities warning system, disaster plans and evacuation routes. In other words know where you need to go to be safe and how to get there in a hurry.
  • If you are on vacation familiarize yourself with local evacuation plans and locations.
  • Know the height of your home or location above sea level and the distance you are from the coast, evacuation orders may be based on these factors.
  • Follow any and all evacuation orders given by local authorities and evacuate immediately. Save yourself, family and pets but leave your possessions behind, they can be replaced.
  • Under no circumstances go down to the beach to watch the tsunami come in, this may be the last stupid decision of your life.
  • If you see a noticeable recession in water away from the shoreline this is nature’s tsunami warning and you need to move away immediately.
  • Move inland to higher ground away from the coastline immediately. Try to get 100 feet above sea level or go as far inland as you can. Get as high and as far as you can, every foot inland or upward may make the difference between life and death.
  • If you can see the wave and it is too close to escape get as high in a multi-level reinforced concrete building as you can, this is a last resort and may not save your life but it’s better than being at ground level when the wave hits. Try to be at least 3-4 floors up inside the building.
  • Remember to help those who may require special assistance such as the elderly, infants and the disabled.

Remember that when you have to evacuate you’ll need supplies, so be sure to have your emergency kit or bug-out-bag stocked and ready to go. Remember to include things like extra clothing, important documents, prescription medications, first-aid supplies, food, water, portable radio and other personal and hygiene items. There are lots of pre-made kits on the market which makes this is a great option to get you a base kit and then you can add your own personal touches to create something that fits your personal needs.

After a tsunami return home only after local officials tell you it is safe. If you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home go to a designated public shelter for further assistance.  Avoid disaster areas and stay away from debris in the water, it may pose a safety hazard to people or pets due to contamination or unseen hazards. Always use caution when re-entering your home or other buildings due to possible structural damage that can cause floors to crack or walls to collapse. To avoid any injuries, wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up.

Hopefully by following these tips and suggestions you and your family will feel safe and secure to make it through a tsunami if you ever find yourself in this situation. The best thing to do is to be prepared and have a plan so you will have the confidence and ability to survive.

Author: The Survival Guy

Source: http://thesurvivalplaceblog.com

Hurricane season is here once again and it’s no doubt to be full of action, so are you prepared? The hurricane season lasts from June to November, the peak season is from mid-August to late October so it’s time to get your supplies ready just in case you need them.

Hurricanes can cause major damage to the coastline from storm surges, winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and torrential rainfall which leads to flooding; this includes miles inland even as these massive storms are downgraded once they hit land.

Hurricane Gloria caused 7 deaths in Massachuse...

Hurricane Gloria caused 7 deaths in Massachusetts, as well as 84,000 power outages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s what you need to do to prepare for a hurricane:

  • Build an Emergency Kit and a have an evacuation plan.
  • Identify potential hazards such as dams and levees in your area that could fail and cause flooding.
  • Figure out the elevation of your home and property and its potential flooding from storm surge or torrential rains.
  • Identify your evacuation routes and where there is higher ground if you need to evacuate in a hurry. Have several options available and planned out so you’re not surprised in the event your first option is unavailable or cut-off.
  • Make plans to secure your property and livestock.
  • Have materials ready to be able to cover windows, such as marine plywood or storm shutters, already fitted for the area you will be covering.
  • Install additional strapping to secure your roof to the framing of your home or other structures such as garages, sheds and barns. Reinforce any doors and cover windows on these structures.
  • Keep trees and landscaping trimmed so they are more wind resistant and identify any possible hazards such as old rotten trees, branches or the like that may be blown down and may cause damage to property or injuries to people or animals.
  • Bring in all outdoor decorations, furniture, garbage and landscaping cans that can be blown away by high winds or is not tied down and secure.
  • If you own a boat make plans to secure it.
  • Consider installing an emergency generator or alternate energy source for the power outages that follow such events.
  • Check your Insurance coverage; your insurance may not cover flood damage.
  • Stay informed by TV and radio stations.
  • Evacuate when instructed by authorities or if you live in a low-lying area that is prone to flooding or live in a mobile home in any coastal area or flood plain.

If you have to evacuate, you’ll need supplies so be sure to have a 72-hour kit or bug-out bag stocked and ready to go. Remember to include things like extra clothing, important documents, prescription medications, first-aid supplies, food, water, portable radio and other personal and hygiene items. There are lots of pre-made kits on the market which makes this is a great option to get you a base kit and then you can add your own personal touches to create something that fits your personal needs.

After the hurricane and it is safe to return home you should be prepared to face wide-spread power outages and other services that may be disrupted for days or even weeks. This means even though your home and you have survived you may need to be on your own for an extended period of time so you will need supplies and other resources to get you through. You should consider installing an emergency generator or alternate energy source for the power outages that follow such events. Also you may want to have an emergency food storage source available with ways of storing,  gathering and disinfecting water. I would suggest a 2 week supply of both just to be safe but you know your area and resource availability so do what makes you comfortable.

Hopefully by following these tips and suggestions you and your family will feel safe and secure to make it through hurricane season this year and for years to come.

Author: The Survival Guy

Source: http://thesurvivalplaceblog.com