Emergency Supplies

Having the right emergency tools ready to protect you and your family

Natural disasters seem to be more and more common, so if you live in an area prone to floods, tsunamis, bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes, or tornados, you’ll want to make sure you have the necessary emergency supplies to protect yourself and your family.

Keep your emergency supplies in a secure, easy-to-access place. Although it might seem tempting to put them away somewhere where they are out of the way, you don’t want to be climbing up to the attic if the roof is being blown off. Go for a kitchen or laundry cupboard and have a basic survival kit stored somewhere else, just in case.

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In an emergency, you’ll likely require several essential emergency tools. Swiss Army Knives and multitools are convenient emergency tools and can be shoved into your pocket if you need to evacuate. It’s good to keep a brightly colored tarpaulin or several brightly colored garbage bags close by in case you need to attract attention.

A heat source is another essential to your emergency supplies. Having at least one reflective aluminum blanket is a good idea: they fold up into a very small package, are warm, fire-resistant, and are a good way of signaling for attention. Light, woolen blankets, and portable camping stoves are also good emergency tools.

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Of course, non-perishable food is an absolute must in any emergency supplies cupboard. A good guide is to have enough food to last your family for 14 days. Canned foods are always good (make sure you have an extra can opener), as are dehydrated camping meals. Dehydrated camping meals can offer more nutritional value than canned foods and usually only require hot water to rehydrate. Even though your foods are non-perishable, it’s a good idea to rotate your food supplies every year or so to make sure it’s fresh enough to eat in case of an emergency.

Water is essential, and all emergency supplies should include access to water and a good supply of water filtration devices for various situations. In many emergencies, the water supply can be cut off or become highly polluted. Investing in a few purification methods can offer peace of mind and ensure your family is safe no matter what the emergency.

The SureAquaBottle is a great emergency tool for most emergencies as it provides portable, potable, purified drinking water as you need it. The SureAqua Survival Straw an ultra-portable option, which is a good idea to keep in your emergency supplies cupboard if you need to evacuate and not carry water with you. The SureAquaStraw gives you the freedom to drink from any water source and not get sick. It is also vital that you don’t forget to store some water if your water supply gets cut off. The SureAqua Survival Jerry Can is a great storage device because it also acts as a water filter case. You need to grab it and run.

Any disaster can take you away from your home, so it’s vital to keep some basic form of shelter in your emergency supplies kit. A lightweight tent is best, but you could even make do with a sizeable tarpaulin, some sting, and some pegs.

Of course, one rarely considers that communication would ever be an issue in an emergency. However, if your mobile phone and computer break down (perish the thought), you won’t just be able to send a text or log onto Facebook and ask your friends to come and find you. Instead, you’ll need some old-school methods of communication in your emergency supplies kit.

Emergency tools like a whistle, mirror, flare, compass, pencil, and paper are essential to any emergency supplies kit. With these, you can help rescuers to find you even if all technology breaks down.

Of course, a basic first-aid kit and sanitary products are also vital emergency supplies. See this page on survival kits for more details.

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