Urban Survival Kits
Some years back I visited a man who happened to be a survival of a terrible hurricane.
I had an interview with him; I got a lot from his experience that I will share with you now.
I happened to be leaving town on a vacation with my family that week.
I attended a seminar on surviving in times of emergencies; a survival instructor was brought to talk to us about it.
He mentioned a lot of things that I was eager to practice as I was leaving town on a vacation with my family.
He taught us to prepare for unforeseen circumstances because sometimes we can’t predict what danger lies ahead of us.
I have had to talk to people about better ways of taking care of fire, shelter, water, food and medical supplies.
I have talked to people on kits for running, cycling, racing, security to mention a few, all to survive.
Now it was time for me to put my family through with the lessons I had been taking people. The vacation was to last for only three days.
I started by making out my car survival kit which consisted;
- 1. Jumper cables
- 2. Multi-tool i.e. one of those pliers that have tons of tools in the handle
- 3. First aid kit
- 4. Flashlight
- 5. Duct tape
- 6. Rain coat
- 7. Folding shovel
- 8. Water bottles
- 9. Old call phones which had been charged fully
- 10. Lighter
- 11. A rag
- 12. My licensed gun
You wonder why these things are needed, I heard about the case of a man who had himself killed because he never had anything to protect himself while he was traveling to see his grand aunt who stayed about 3 miles from his residence.
His vehicle broke down two miles from home, and he did not have the slightest idea of what to do.
He tried to stop an oncoming vehicle, unknowing to him, the car had lost control and ran into him where his car was parked that night.
All the items listed have their specific uses; you might not need all of that but it safer to have them while traveling.
My Wife's Urban Survival Kit
My wife had packed after helping out with getting the kids ready.
She took in her purse her hair spray, nail polish, nail polish removal, safety pins, towelettes, stain removal, first aid kits which contained plastic bandages, alcohol, a water bottle, and a pepper spray.
We were all packed and set for the journey.
My Kids Urban Survival Kit
My kids had their backpacks which contained a few clothes, some chocolates, their water bottles, a story book, tarp, sleeping bag, a pocket knife, a compass, iodine tablets to purify water and cleaning wounds, epicac, a USB solar charger, a mirror, toilet paper, papers and on one was the family’s contact written, pencil, needles and threads, and can opener, pepper spray.
It was more like having to like being at home on the go. They did not need much since they were still young.
4 Person Survival Kit
- This type of Deluxe Emergency kit contains enough emergency supplies to keep you alive and sustain 4 people for three days, and is recommended by the American Red Cross
Each kit includes:
4 water boxes, food supply, 4 emergency ponchos, 4 survival blankets, 4 12-hour lightsticks, 4 pair nitrile gloves,4 NIOSH N-95 dust masks, pocket tissues, emergency whistle, leather gloves, Multi-Tool, 10yds. Duct Tape, 4 pair goggles, 3 bio-hazard bags, premoistened towlettes, emergency communication plan/contacts, first aid kit that has 107 pieces, Emergency power station 4-function (flashlight, AM/FM radio, siren, cell phone charger) and a backpack.
As well as being ideal to keep in your car, this pack is vital for any survival situation at home or away on vacation.
The kit, in a handy backpack, can be stored at home, car, at school, and at the office.
My love for driving prompted me to drive my family to the resort center that was about 16 hours away from home.
We drove about 12 hours and the vehicle broke down, we urgently needed a mechanic to fix it because it was very late at night.
I tried all I could but the car didn’t kick. I strolled into the woods thinking; I found a safe spot where I could put up with my family till dawn.
We made use of the kids sleeping bags and blankets, we ate the little food we travelled with that night and the next morning, the I checked the vehicle, tried all I could again, it then started, and we moved on.
The two days later I got a call from home that I had lost my house to the terrible hurricane hit the city.
I was sad, but I could not help the situation.
We spent months at my aunt’s which was just a mile from the resort till we were able to rebuild another home for ourselves.
Sometimes we feel we are safe wherever we are, it's not true.
We might just be fine at the moment we never can tell what happens next.
Just like we have heard about the man who survived the hurricane, it can happen to anyone.
We can only help to wade off depression and frustration when we can prepare for the worse circumstances.
It is important to know that survival kits are package of basic tools and supplies made to help or assist our survival in emergencies in and out of your residence.
Survival packs come in various sizes, and different ranges depending on what kind of situation you have in mind or you are preparing for.
They are not only necessary for disaster times.
There are times when you need to stay away from your home for a while maybe in a smaller house or makeshift camp in the woods.
The essence of ensuring you have good, fully equipped urban survival kits can’t be over emphasized, they are absolutely essential for anyone at home or traveling.