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What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?

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author image Tom Stewart
Tom Stewart started writing radio news, sports and entertainment scripts for live broadcast in 1992 and has worked as a producer, writer and on-air personality at several radio stations in Southern New England, including WPRO, WQSX and WKCD. He has extensive knowledge of news, sports and entertainment. Stewart studied mass communications and marketing at Rhode Island College.
What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?
A properly stocked survival kit can make all the difference during a disaster. Photo Credit furacao image by god85 from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Emergency situations can happen at anytime. You could end up trapped in your home due to a hurricane or blizzard. You could be on a road trip in the car and find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Getting lost while camping in the wilderness can be quite distressful. And even a relaxing day out on your boat can end up disastrous. And when one of these situations arrive, there are many items that can help make your situation better. This is why it is important to keep survival kits handy at all times.

Food

What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?
Canned goods, including soup, are non-perishable and a great food source. Photo Credit dried soup image by Ray Kasprzak from Fotolia.com

Safe, edible food is important in your survival kit. Even if you were trapped in your home, you'll find that without electricity, gas and refrigeration most food is useless. So when creating your survival kit be sure you have plenty of non-perishable foods, including canned soups, beans and fruits. Dried meats, crackers and hard candies. If your survival kit is for the outdoors, you should include granola bars and protein bars for the energy you will need to build shelters and hike. The other important item you will need is water. Store at least a gallon or two in your home. And you should keep at least a bottle of water with you in your car, on your boat, and while camping. Also, if you have a baby or a pet, make sure you have the special food you will need for them as well.

First Aid

What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?
First aid can make all the difference when trying to survive an emergency. Photo Credit sign. first aid sign image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com

A first aid kit is also crucial if you should find yourself in an emergency survival situation. Whether at home, in the car or in the woods, you just don't know what kind of injuries you may receive. And properly treating your wounds can make the difference in surviving. Make sure you have a first aid kit that contains sterile gauze to wrap wounds, aspirin to help with pain and headaches, Neosporin to treat cuts and scrapes, and keep a small amount of any necessary prescription drugs you might have.

Tools

What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?
The right tools will make survival much easier. Photo Credit the tools image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com

A few tools in your survival kit will make surviving a lot easier. Obviously there is only so much you can store in a kit, so something small but useful like a multi-tool can help you a lot. It will have items like a knife, a saw, a screwdriver, and other tools that could be vital to many different situations. Simple tools, including a hammer and pliers, can be helpful if you are trapped in your home or stranded in your car. Rope and a small saw can be quite handy if you find yourself lost in the wilderness and need to build a shelter. One other item you will most definitely want to include is a can opener so you can open those cans of food in your kit.

Lighting

What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?
When the sun goes down, you need a source of light to make survival easier. Photo Credit flashlight image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com

One of the biggest problems you'll find when caught in an emergency situation is lack of light -- whether you are stuck in your home during a hurricane, lost in the wilderness, or stranded in the ocean on your boat. Eventually the sun is going to go down and you will need some light. So be sure to keep a flashlight in your survival kit. Make sure the flashlight has fresh batteries or stock your kit with a shake flashlight. You will also want to keep matches so you can make a fire for light, warmth, and cooking. Candles are also great for providing hours of light in your home.

Communication

What Do You Need in an Emergency Survival Kit?
Communication for information and help is important in an emergency situation. Photo Credit radio image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com

If you are in an emergency situation, you are going to want to know what is happening and possibly contact someone for help. A radio is ideal for getting up to date information on things, including weather conditions and instructions on what to do. They even sell radios that use a crank instead of batteries so that it always works. If you need help, a communication radio in your car, on your boat or in your back pack will be the best way to contact someone to save you. Flares are also an easy way to signal for help and they don't take up much room in your kit.

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