Last Modified on Mar 21, 2014
Life is unpredictable, and the formidable future likely holds an unexpected incident. However, there are ways to prepare for such an event. When it comes to preparing for survival, natural remedies and preparations are the safest, most reliable way to go.
What is a Disaster Preparedness Kit?
A disaster preparedness kit is the best way to prepare for the unfortunate event of an emergency or disaster. Such a kit contains a variety of supplies and staple products that an individual or family may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. The kit is maintenanced regularly to ensure proper materials. Likewise, it should be established in such a way as to be easy to locate and carry in an emergency.
A disaster preparedness kit is one of the most fundamental survival remedies. Such a system contains a variety of basic supplies. Common contents include water, non-perishable food, flashlights, a radio, extra batteries, a complete first aid kit, any necessary medications, multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, cell phone chargers, family and emergency contact information, extra cash, a blanket, and a map. Additional items that may be necessary include individual specific medical supplies, baby supplies, games or activities for children, pet supplies, extra car and house keys, and a can opener.
Natural Survival Remedies
While a disaster preparedness kit is one of the most effective survival remedies, other strategies are also important. Having a survival plan in place is an important consideration for families and individuals alike. Likewise, certain natural remedies help guarantee a better survival rate. Activated charcoal, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar are among the most important natural remedies that can be included in an emergency survival kit or other natural disaster remedy plan.
Activated charcoal is a survival staple, as it can be used to purify contaminated water and alleviate a variety of health conditions. Likewise, cayenne can be used to stop bleeding and heal wounds in an emergency situation. Apple cider vinegar can be used in a variety of ways but particularly to treat food poisoning.
Preparation is key when it comes to surviving any type of disaster. These preparations are effective in a variety of situations and limit the amount of danger associated with a situation.
Survival Remedies: A whistle is a useful device for attracting attention in times of emergency. You can use it when hiking in the mountains.It will be handy if you are lost or injured and need help. Use it when boating and it can attract attraction easily should the boat overturn. Use it when you are caught in a an natural disaster to get resucer to your aid. Women can also use it for personal protection.
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[YEA] I used to live in Portland, Or. There is a significant tectonic plate 50 miles of the coast called Juan de Fuca. Scientists have determined that it shifts every 300-350 years with a 9.0+ earthquake to the Northwest. It's overdue. Because of this the Portland fire department has come up with a training program for civilians. It's called the "neighborhood emergency teams" (NET). This program was designed to help yourself, your family and your neighbors, in that order. I pulled out my NET manual and this is what the PFD suggest you have in your medical kit.
- Kerlex, Kling, or any other brand of roller bandage (6 rolls)used to wrap over dressings and to secure splints.
- 4in. sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 2in. sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Sanitary napkins (2-4) used to control excessive bleeding.
- 1 and 2in. adhesive tape (1 roll of each) used to secure dressings and bandages; change every 6 months
- Bandaids (1 box assorted sizes)
- Triangular bandage (3) used to secure broken arms, shoulder dislocations or as a wrap for splints. Can be purchased or made from old sheets.
- Ace bandage for wrapping sprains.
- Sterile water (1 Qt.)used to flush wounds and cool burns.
- Antiseptic solution (1 bottle) used to cleanse wounds.
- Medical scissors
- Sterile needle for splinters
- Asprin or non-asprin pain reliever.
- Latex gloves (2 pair)
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting, if advised by Poison Control Center)
- Tube of petroleum jelly
- Cleaning agent/soap
- Moistened towlets or baby wipes
- Assorted sizes of safty pins
Understand this is for a 72 hr. period. After the Katrina fiasco I think it's safe to say that in a major disaster we all may be on our own for a month or more.
As far as food and water use clear plastic bottles for water. I use the 5 gallon type with a teaspoon of bleach in it and change it every 6 months. Just make sure that on the bottom of the container in the recycle triangle the # is 1,2,4 or 5. Do not use 3,6 or 7; it has to do with how the plastic was produced. 3,6 and 7 are fine just not for long term storage like 6-12 months. NEVER use plastic opaque milk containers. They have micrscopic cavities for bacteria. One gallon of water for one person for one day. You can live 30 days without food and 7 days without water. Campers and hikers use the 3/3/3 saying. 3 hrs. for shelter , 3 days for water and 3 weeks for food. As far as food goes can goods are recomended. I make my own granola bars and put them in a Food-Saver bag to the freezer and rotate them out every 6 months. They're light weight and I know what's in them. Hopfully we'll never have to use this information but it's good to know.
P.S. I did this program over 10 years ago and websites weren't as popular as today. I do not have PFD's address.
EC: Shawn, thank you so much for typing all of this information from your manual.
[YEA] It seems that there have been many catastrophic events in the past so many years; this has gotten me thinking about what might be good to put in a lightweight backpack - for quick carry away. Of course there are a number of interesting insights to be gleaned from Earthclinic but I thought that maybe it could be an interesting topic to put out there for debate and discussion. It seems that governments may (or may not!) know what their rolls are in catastrophic situations but so often the everyday person is caught off guard and unprepared. (Even just recently, for example, it has been written in our local paper that the underground water pipelines are badly aging and could collapse, causing water contamination for many, many people. And yet, no discussion about what people could do to prepare for such a thing.) And on and on! Anyway, just a suggestion. Best regards! Deb