Natural Disaster Survival Kit / Preparation and Storage

It's not a secret to anybody that dealing with natural disasters has never been and will probably never be easy either for an individual or a certain government or even a whole nation. This has been repeatedly proven by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and other disasters happening in the world that we usually watch on TV with a cup of hot coffee sitting in a comfortable armchair. But what if tomorrow these disasters come to our countries, our cities, or even our homes? Are we prepared to cope with such disasters? Of course not, first of all because nature is a tough and unbeatable opponent and secondly, it's not our duty, it's a duty of the government we voted for. That's what almost everyone thinks. Wrong! Everyone must be prepared for natural disasters.

I don't mean that we should live our lives in panic and agony waiting for the judgement day. What I mean is that from children to old people, everyone must at least once prepare a plan and think of an action scenario in case of natural disasters. A scenario like: Where do I run? What do I take with me? Where do I meet my family and friends (because mobile network and land line failures are common in such situations)? And so on. 

One of the most important things I want to write about is the preparation of a rescue pack. What is a rescue pack? Simply, it is a little and handy knapsack that is filled with vital things for your further survival. You should remember that even if your government shows a fast reaction in cases of natural disasters, it may take some time until rescue parties reach the region you live in to handle the situation, give you first aid and etc. That is why, first of all you should rely on yourself.

So, before I begin telling you what that rescue bag must contain, I need to make a little but very important record: the rescue pack must be kept in an easy accessible place and advisably near the most important stuff you are going to take if your house caught fire or is almost destroyed by an earthquake or flood. Well, what place is easy accessible in your house? I don't know, it is your house so it's up to you to decide. Second question may be about the most important stuff than one takes in such cases. Of course it is money (or jewellery and other valuables if you have any at all) and documents (birth certificates, sale bills, check books and etc, make your own list). So imagine your house is on fire (God forbid!) and you have only a few seconds, so you should run into kitchen for the rescue pack, into bedroom for jewelry in the vault, into study for get the idea, right? These things must not be kept too far from each other (I hope plunderers don't read my blog).

So, now let's move to the rescue bag itself. As I already wrote above, it better be a knapsack because they are roomy and comfortable in carrying (you're not going to stay in your backyard when the whole district is flooded, you'll probably have to walk and maybe not just a few blocks but tens of miles).The knapsack should contain these things:

1) first aid kit (I've written an article on first aid kit preparation before: click here)
2) sleeping bag (it can be attached to the bottom of the bag to save extra room)
3) two little blankets (why two? because you might not be alone)
4) flashlight with an extra pack of batteries
5) matches and candles (not for a birthday cake of course)
6) a few pairs of extra socks (I don't remember who it was but as some military leader once said: "a soldier with warm and dry feet, can not be easily defeated")
7) a Swiss army knife (or something similar) and a compass (do not just keep it in your bag, learn how to use it)
8) soap and toilet paper (yes, to my regret, you can be deprived of toilet and hot water for quite a while)
9) a bottle of water and some tinned food (of course you should not forget to check "best before" dates every six months to replace if necessary)
10) a little metal can (for food preparation) and a canteen
11) rope (no it's not for committing suicide in case you give up; rope is good for dragging extra equipment, drying your clothes on trees and near fire, hanging your food from a tree so that animals or someone else won't eat it while you are asleep and etc.)

To my mind, that's all you may need in the first place. I thought a lot before preparing a list which would include the most important tools for after-disaster temporary survival. I could have included other tools too but a knapsack wouldn't be enough for all that and I doubt that one would be eager to run or even walk through the doorway with a sack of potatoes.

Good luck!