Need to update your supplies or want to be sure you have all your emergency needs covered? This Quick Pick page is designed to let you add to or update items with one easy click. It is also a great place to look through for ideas to round out your emergency supplies. Scroll down to the Product Description for more information and tips about getting prepared.
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In the event of an emergency, government sources, such as Emergency Management BC, recommend that you and your loved ones be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours. Most emergency management professionals recommend a minimum of 7 days.
What does that look like?
Consider your basic needs first – food, water and a cooking source.
It is recommended that you store a minimum of 1200 calories and 1 gallon of water per person per day.
– if you have a water source nearby (eg. stream, pond, lake) then we highly recommend the LifeStraw GO or the LifeStraw Family as your best options for staying hydrated. The LifeStraw Go bottle and filter allows you to scoop and go. It filters up to 1000 litres, removing 99.99% of all viruses, bacteria and protozoa (parasites). On a side note, it’s great to take travelling or on outdoors excursions too! The LifeStraw Family uses the same water filter technology filtering up to 18,000 litres of water, which is enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years. Another option is to use Aquatabs, internationally recognized water tablets, to purify water from your source.
– if you need to store water, the water pouches are a safe, portable and convenient option for 72 hours. Their 5 year shelf life means you don’t have to keep refreshing your water supply every 6 months.
– if you wish to have a water supply that lasts longer than 72 hours, then check out our other Water Storage and Filtration options that are in addition to the list above.
– add in enough calorie food bars for each person. Each packet contains 9 fortified food bars providing a total of 3600 Kcal. Each packet will provide an individual 3 meals a day for 3 days.
Shelter & Tools
– next consider what shelter and tools you will need. You may need a place to sleep and protection from the elements during the day. Think through what you already have (camping supplies can double up as emergency equipment too!). Consider your environment and what tools would be helpful to you. Read through the list for ideas.
Light & Communication
– make sure you have a reliable source for light and communication. We have excellent multi-powered radio/flashlights that not only light your way and keep you connected, but also allow you to charge your cell phone and other devices with all three solar, battery and crank power in the one device. You can’t go wrong with either the Dynamo Radio/LED Flashlight Phone Charger or the Eton Scorpion – Solar Powered, All-Terrain, Multi-Function Radio.
– finally, when you gotta go, you gotta go. It’s a daily need but we often forget that the household toilet may not be an option in the event of an emergency. A pail is certainly a good start, but to keep things sanitary and to properly dispose of waste, be sure to include one of the Restop waste management options from the list.
Other kits and obscure items you can collect at home:
A basic first aid kit, pet care (food, water, extra leashes etc), toilet paper, prescription medication and glasses, trash bags, toiletry items, shovels, paper, pens, sewing kits, shoe laces, blankets, gloves, games (playing cards are great!), wind up clocks, tarps.
A quick google search will offer more results, most likely within some informative articles about “prepping” (preparing for emergencies).
If you have any other questions about putting your kit together, then please contact us at 1-888-832-1733 and one of our advisors will be happy to assist you.
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