After Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impact, many are left without food, clean water, clothing, cars and homes. Being located near this natural disaster, it is a scary and heart-breaking event that shocks you to your core. Living in Dallas TX, we experienced a short term fallout from Hurricane Harvey such as having a delayed gas tanks entering Dallas, causing panic and worry among people. A small incident, caused a lot of panic, imagine having your whole world torn apart, could you make it? To have everything you have worked for taken in a matter of days, and not being able to reach loved ones can be a tragedy on in itself. We have seen amazingly great outcomes though all this tragedy and disaster. To see people of all ethnicities coming together in a time hardship, shows how we are all one people. Many have risked their lives to recuse strangers that they may never see again. This blog is to advice us and prepare us for another disaster in the event it may occur again. We can be better prepared with basic necessities for future events.
1. Wise Food 5-Day Survival Backpack
This is a perfect start for being prepared for any type of disaster. Keep in mind these packs are a five-day supply for ONE person so be sure to have one per person in your family. The life span on the food in the backpacks is 25 years. 1 Back pack, 5 Water Pouches, 42 Piece Bandage Kit, 1 Squeeze Flashlight, 5-in-1 Survival Whistle, Water Proof Matches, Mylar Blanket, Emergency Poncho, Playing Cards, N95 Dust Mask Portable Stove, Stainless Steel Cup, Pocket Tissues, Wet Naps, Waste Bag, 32 Servings of Wise Food-Southwest Beans and Rice (4 Serve), Creamy Pasta and Veggie Rotini (4 Serve), Brown Sugar Multi Grain (4 Serve), Apple Cinnamon Cereal (4 Serve), Hearty Tortilla (4 Serve), Whey Milk (12 Serve)
2. Urban Survival Bug Out Bag 4 Person Emergency Disaster Kit 72-hour
Here is a 4-person 72 hour Bug Out Kit. This kit comes with two packs stuffed with food water and supplies. The life span on this Pack is 5 years. ORGANIZATION: Black backpack (2), Zip lock bags x5, Waterproof document container, WEATHER PROTECTION: Reflective sleeping bags x2 (4), Adult size poncho x2 (4), 2 person tube tent (2), Hand warmers x2 (4), FOOD AND WATER: US Coast Guard approved 5 year shelf life 3600 calorie bars x 2 (4), US Coast Guard approved 5 year shelf life 4.2 oz water pouches x12 (24), 1 L water purification powder x5, Folding 1 L water container for purifying water, Water purification instruction sheet, LIGHT AND COMMUNICATION: Dynamo AM/FM radio/flashlight/mobile phone charger, Light sticks x2 (4), HYGIENE: Toothbrush x2 (4), Toothpaste, Comb, Razor, Shampoo, Soap, Feminine pad x2, Washcloth, Toilet paper roll, Sewing kit, 61 PIECE FIRST AID KIT: Band aids, Dressing, Butterfly closures, Cotton tip applicators, Towelettes, N95 masks x2 (4), Self-adhesive bandage, Tweezers, Trauma scissors, MISC SUPPLIES: 10yd duct tape, 5 in 1 survival whistle, 50 ft rope, Leather palm work gloves, Multi tool knife, Playing cards, GI can opener, Pencil, 48 page Emergency Preparedness Guide
3. Hikenture 4-In-1 Camping Utensil Stainless Steel Fork Knife Spoon Bottle Opener Set with Storage Case
4 IN 1 CAMPING CUTLERY: Detachable fork, spoon, knife and bottle opener, This eating utensil set
is lightweight (5 oz) and fully portable, as it comes with a fine nylon pouch, so that you can bring it when
you go camping, backpacking, hiking and fishing. Separates for use of the knife and fork at the same time,
perfect solution for students, scouts or travelers eating with flimsy plastic cutlery.
4. HSYTEK Survival Gear Kit 11 in 1
This is a perfect addition for any Disaster preparedness kit. Cold Steel Military Knife, black cold steel blade, and black aluminum handle. Anti-Rust, Durable. Comes with Waterproof Protective Case 1x Tactical Knife, 1x Fire starter kit, 1x Saber Card, 1x Saber Card Knife, 1x Compass, 1x Whistle, 1x Flashlight, 1x Tactical Pen, 1x Waterproof Case, 1x Multifunctional Bracelet(Unfold Length:8.7inch)
5. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
This is a definite must have for all who have any type of disaster kit.
Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, having a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
at hand provides access to clean, safe drinking water in the event of a natural disaster
or survival situation. There are no batteries to replace and no moving parts to wear out.
Perfect for a vehicle or home emergency kit.
These are just some of many items you should keep on hand for any type of disaster.
I hope those affected by Harvey see this and know you all our in our thoughts
and prayers. And to those risking their lives, know that we are indebted to you and could
never possibly thank you enough for what you have done. We hope and pray that this type
of disaster never happens again but we unfortunately know it will. We need to prepare
for the worst and hope for the best.
More info on food storage.
There are three main components of food storage: Food supply, Water supply, Financial reserve. Take the amount of food supply needed to feed your family for a single day, and multiple that by 7. That is a weeks supply of food reserve, which can gradually build up to a month, and eventually 3 months. Storing non perishable items such as canned wheat, rice and beans can last up to 25 years or more. If water comes directly from a good source, then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use.
Where should I store my Emergency Supply (food storage)?
Make sure your food storage is properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic bottles commonly used for juices or soda. Keep water containers away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
You can view more information about food storage at LDS.org
You can find more Survival Gear at Ideal Camping Gear