Good Items For An Emergency: toilet paper outside with leaves

Good Items For An Emergency

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National Preparedness Month has come and gone. Whether you’ve been practicing home preparedness for years or just got started, hopefully you had a chance to learn something new last month.

Although possessing a variety of skills is necessary for virtually any survival situation, having a good amount of equipment is also important. After all, most of us (myself included) aren’t masters of all things and can’t fashion a pot out of mud or make our own knives.

Based on experience and research, here’s a list of some items that could come in handy in most emergencies. Some items address more immediate needs while others would prove useful during long-term survival situations when supplies are difficult to acquire. In no way is this list all-inclusive but it is designed to get you to think about what you may need. So, in no particular order here they are by category:

FIRE STARTING EQUIPMENT:
-Matches.
-Cigarette lighter.
-Ferrocerium (ferro) rod.
-Fat wood.
-Magnifying glass.
-Flint and steel.

Good Items For An Emergency: fire starting equipment on table

FOOD AND FOOD-RELATED ITEMS:
-Canned food.
-Freeze-dried food.
-Sprouts and sprouting equipment (How to article here).
-Mason jars.
-Canning equipment.
-Multiple-sized containers.
-Energy bars.
-Baking items (flour, sugar, yeast, baking soda, etc.).
-Grill.
-Charcoal.
-Lighter fluid.
-Disposable plates.
-Disposable eating utensils.
-Cooking utensils.
-Large camp stove.
-Small camp stove.
-Cast iron cookware.
-Tripod for cast iron cookware.
-Camp fire grill.
-Fishing kit.
-Traps/snares.
-Kid’s snacks.
-Chocolate/candy.

 

WATER AND WATER-RELATED ITEMS:
-1-gallon bottled water.
-5-gallon water jugs.
-7-gallon water jugs.
-5-gallon water cooler.
-Water purification equipment.
-Small water filtering equipment.
-Large water filtering equipment.
-Multiple-sized Nalgene bottles.
-5-gallon NATO water cans.
-1-quart military-style canteens.
-2-quart military-style canteens.
-Water filtering straw.
-Metal water canteens.

 

 

CUTTING TOOLS:
-Bushcraft/survival knife.
-Smaller-sized axe.
-Medium-sized axe.
-Larger-sized axe.
-Splitting axe.
-Multi tool.
-Bow saw.
-Pruner saw.
-Machete.
-Cross-cut saw.

   


TOOLS / LAWN & GARDEN EQUIPMENT:
-Shovel.
-Pick.
-Metal rake.
-Hoe.
-Spade shovel.
-Square shovel.
-Scoop shovel.
-Leaf rake.
-Wheelbarrow.
-Leaf blower.
-Chainsaws.
-Generator.
-Water pump.
-Splitting wedge,
-Sledge hammer.
-Bolt cutter.
-Wrecking bar.
-Broom.
-Chainsaw.
-Contractor bags.
-5-gallon buckets.
-Prybar.
-Wrench set.
-Plier set.
-Socket and ratchet set.

 

 

 

  

 

   


HUNTING / SELF-DEFENSE ITEMS:
-Firearms.
-Ammunition.
-Reloading equipment.
-Recurve bow.
-Compound bow.
-Arrows.
-Spear points.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE):
-Safety glasses.
-Ear plugs.
-Face shield.
-Chainsaw chaps.
-Hard hats.
-Ear muffs.
-Cut-resistant gloves.
-Splash safety goggles.
-Hi-visibility vest.
-Safety shoes / boots.
-Personal flotation devices.

FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT:
-Fire extinguishers.
-Pulaski axe.
-Poly tank fire pump.
-Fire flapper.
-Rakes.
-Hoes.

      

VEHICULAR SAFETY:
-Tow straps.
-D-ring shackles.
-Warning triangles.
-Flares.
-Blankets.
-Warm clothing.
-Emergency food and water rations.
-Emergency blankets. 
-Wool or wool blend blankets.
-First-aid kit.
-Snow chains.
-Tool kit.
-Ice scraper.
-Windshield washer fluid.
-Gas can.
-Shovel.
-Traction mat.

LIGHTING EQUIPMENT:
-Small flashlights.
-Medium flashlights.
-Large flashlights.
-Candles.
-Candle lantern.
-Gas lantern.
-Battery-powered lantern.
-Head lamps.

 

 

FIRST-AID ITEMS:
-Gauze.
-Bandages.
-Tourniquets.
-Israeli bandages. 
-Splints.
-Splint rolls. 
-Antiseptic wipes/liquids.
-Hemostatic dressing.
-Trauma sheers. 
-Medical tape.
-Medications.
-First-aid kits.
-Burn-kits.
-Bite kits.
-Various ointments.

MISCELLANEOUS:
-Electrical cords.
-Garden hoses.
-Garden hose repair kits.
-Hose Nozzles.
-Manual liquid pump.
-Submersible pump.
-Kerosene Heater.
-Fuel cans (gas, diesel, kerosene, etc.).
-Broom handle.
-Bank line.
-550 cord.
-Webbing.
-Canvas tarps.
-Poly tarps.
-Ground stakes.
-Solar charging devices.
-Emergency weather radio. 
-Multiple blankets of differing sizes and thicknesses.
-Sewing kit.
-Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc.).
-Toilet Paper (LOTS OF IT!!!).


You may be asking yourself why tools and PPE are on this list. After all, this isn’t something you typically see from your favorite YouTube survival expert.

The main reason is items like this have many uses in emergencies, namely ones of a longer duration. Too often people plan on emergencies lasting a short time when the exact opposite can occur. With that said tools can be used to clear debris, clean up messes and fix broken things. For PPE, always remember to protect yourself when doing something hazardous because hazardous work often arises in the aftermath of a bad event, especially natural disasters.  

Again, keep in mind this list isn’t all-inclusive and, depending on your location, you may need different items. No matter what you start acquiring, however, it’s important to keep focusing on water and food because that’s the stuff your body needs to keep going.

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