Always Keep an emergency kit in your car
We have a buddy that has a PhD. in emergency preparedness – and he lectures us all the time that not having an emergency kit in your car is one of the biggest mistakes that people make (especially in Los Angeles). He says that if L.A. ever has a big earthquake, we are severely under prepared as a city. The best thing you can do is create a survival kit that should be placed in your car (as well as an extra one in your home). You should keep about two weeks of fresh water in your car, along with other provisions.
Emergency Survival Kit, Gear, and Supplies
Essentials – Don’t forget necessities such as water and a flashlight, as well as a first aid kit and any medication you may need. For people with allergies, this probably means an allergy medication that can help relieve the symptoms of an unexpected allergy attack. Just as you would at home, keep all medicines and first aid supplies out of reach of the kids.
Water and canned or dried food – families should set aside one gallon of water per person per day, to last three days, and a three-day supply of food per person. The food should be nonperishable items that don’t need to be cooked, such as tuna and crackers. Remember to include a manual can opener. If there’s an infant in the house, include formula and baby food.
Water can be hard to find in the jungle. Use all your sense. Listen for waterfall and follow animals to water holes. In a muddy river bank, dig a hole 1 meter from the bank. Clear water will flow into the hole.
Map and compass – You should have a set of 1:24,000 maps of your area and most importantly know how to read and use them. If you know how to read a map you should not get lost. I carry a Silva Ranger compass around the neck at all times. As a backup there is a wrist compass strapped to the pack, or at times on the arm. One of these should be on your body at all times.
Survival knife – A good knife can be used in a multitude of ways when you’re in the wilderness. A knife can help you build shelter, start a fire, hunt, cut food, clear paths, and cut twigs and string. Find a knife with a good balance of durability and cutting power, with a Rockwell Hardness between 54 to 58. You’ll want to find a knife that can both pierce and cut things. A fixed blade knife is typically more durable than a folding knife under pressure.
Band aids – Like any good first aid kit, your survival kit should hold similar items in case of injury. Having band aids, bandages and surgical tape on hand will help you and your team clean up any scrapes, literally.
Survival Case Kit
Soft-Sided Carrying Case – Usually made from fabric and equipped with a single zipper, soft-sided carrying cases are probably the most popular containers for survival kits. Soft-sided cases are lightweight and easy to store, but they don’t offer very much protection for the fragile items inside, so you’ll need to be sure to pack it carefully.
Everyone should have at least one Grab-and-Run kit that can be thrown in the car on a moment’s notice, or carried on your back, if the need should arise. Grab-and-Run kits should provide the basic emergency food, water, shelter, and first aid supplies that you and your family will need to survive the critical first three days after a disaster.
Cell Phone Can Save Your Life
Bring extra cell phone chargers and batteries. Cell phones are great devices to use to communicate during an evacuation or emergency. Make sure to bring extra batteries or boosters for your cell phones to increase the longevity of their use. Minimize use of your cell phone when you don’t have access to a power source, and use it only to communicate important information to family and friends. You can also purchase a solar-powered or hand crank charger that will help keel electronic devices charged during an emergency.