Where will you be when something bad happens? If you play the odds, it will be where ever you spend the most time. Most of us spend 12 hours a day at home, 8 hours a day at work and the other 4 hours somewhere in between. I’m retired, so I spend a lot of my time at home.

If you are at Home when SHTF, you’ll need supplies, tools and food stored at home to get you through the emergency.  If you are at Work when SHTF, you’ll need supplies, tools and food stored at work to last until you can get home.   If you are somewhere in between home and work when SHTF, you’ll need supplies, tools and food stored in your car to help you get home.

Make Your Own Survival Kit
A lot of “Packaged” Survival Kits are available. Don’t buy the best advertized one or the least expensive one, put it away and think you are ready for a crisis. My suggestion is to make your own kit.  Make your own kit based on your personal situation and needs.

Once you decide what items you need, if you find a ready-made kit that partially fits your list and you want to use it as a starting point to customize, then great. If the kit comes with gear or gadgets, just make sure you know how to use them.

The great thing about putting your own kit together is that you will know about each item you put in it. There will be a specific reason each item is included in your kit. More importantly you will know about its features and how it works. In ready-made kits there may be things that you look at and say, “What the heck do I do with this?” That won’t happen with a kit you put together yourself.

Home Survival Kit – “Kit” is probably a misnomer. I think of a “Survival Kit” as a bag or pack full of food and supplies. The “Home Survival Kit” is a collection of water, food and supplies needed to last for at least 30 days and will not fit into a portable bag or pack. It is more appropriate to call this “Home Survival Supplies”.

At first your list may seem long and endless. You may wonder, “Will I ever be able to collect all of these things?” “How will I pay for it?” “Where will I put it?”

Start with priorities. You’ll be surprised how quick and inexpensive it is to put away some of the most important basics.  Attack your preparation logically and systematically. It will not be overwhelming.

Emergency Test
How do you set priorities? How do you know if you are ready for an emergency? I like to do “Emergency Tests” because they show you what your most immediate needs are and how ready you are for a real emergency.

To test the readiness of your Food Storage, don’t shop at the store for one week. Live off of your Food Storage and see if you have any holes in your food storage plan.

To test other areas of your survival plan, turn off the power and water to your house and see how you cope. If you live in an apartment you may not be able to turn off your service. If not, just simulate it. Run your first test for 8 hours, or as long as you can take it, in the middle of the day. Then progress to 24 hour tests that encompass night time hours. Try the tests during different seasons. Make sure you are ready for the hottest summer day or coldest winter night.


Ed Rogers

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