I would suggest that you keep a few unused collapsible water bags with your emergency supplies. Collapsible water bags can remain folded up, saving space, and easily filled with water in an emergency or emergency evacuation situation.
For emergency water I take soda bottles and fill them with water and put them in the freezer. If you lose power they will keep your freezer cold for days without electricity and you’ll have ice cold water too. I also use them in my coolers during the summer months. A combination of frozen and non-frozen water supplies is uour best bet.
When a natural disaster strikes, chaos naturally follows. We’d all like to think that the good in humans come out then. But altruism does not always rule the day and that is simply human nature. Whether you find yourself facing a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wildfire, or tsunami, it is essential to take your own personal safety and security in a natural disaster into consideration. The sad fact is that when natural disaster strikes, some people will seek personal gain. You must arm and protect yourself and there are a number of products on the market that can help you stay secure.
First, it is always best to employ common sense as your first line of defense of your personal safety and security in a natural disaster. Stay aware of your situation and surroundings. Stay informed by listening to the news on a battery operated radio or watching it on television if your power is working. Make sure you stay in communication with your family and friends and with emergency service personnel if needed. Products to help you stay informed and in communication are available. You want to think portable supplies and battery operated. If you have no power or need to evacuate, it must be easy to take with you.
Next you’ll want to consider legal ways of arming yourself to ensure your personal safety and security in a natural disaster. Pepper spray is one of the best option you have for arming yourself against any looters, marauders or other potential danger. Pepper spray is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes and causes difficulty in breathing when sprayed directly at the perpetrator’s face. One thing to take into consideration is that you must be fairly close to your target, using small pepper spray cans, in order to effectively dose them with the pepper spray. We recommend that you keep a one pound can available for home defense and crowd control. The lasting effect of pepper spray varies, but typically can be counted on to disable the perpetrator for up to an hour in some manner.
Another way of ensuring your personal safety is through the use of a stun gun. Stun guns deliver an electric shock to the perpetrator and cause them to go into involuntary muscle spasms. This gives you time to put distance between yourself and the person intending to do you harm. Stun guns cause acute pain when administered effectively. Stun guns are used by police departments nationwide. Whatever personal security methods you choose, advance planing and preparedness is always best. Make personal security a part of your emergency preparedness plan.
An emergency kit in a 5 gallon bucket that can serve as an emergency toilet is a great idea. We were able to put additional emergency supplies in our bucket and we use a backpack were we could add additional supplies. The toilet lid keeps everything covered, clean and dry. The kit is ready to go, portable, and everything is nicely assembled should the need arise to fully evacuate.
I live on the Florida West coast and have an area in my home for emergency hurricane supplies. Most of you the items you mentioned are in my kit with the exception of cash which is an excellant idea and I will now keep $500 in small denominations in my safe labeled “Emergency Cash Only.” Emergency preparedness planning for your unique situation is like a cheap insurance policy.
I have a pet carrier all supplied with all of my pet’s emergency food and water including portable bowls, first aid supplies, and all of our pet survival gear. We keep an empty duffly bag in the carrier along with all of our pet gear. Basically, we then just remove all of the items from the carrier, put them in an empty duffle bag, and insert our pet and we are ready to go.
In additon, to the normal items in your first aid kit, make sure your first aid kit contains Ipecac syrup to treat poisoning and/or keep numbers of the Poison Control Center, and other such numbers you may need.
In addition, most people forget about burns and having some burn free spray or patches really helps.
I would recommend that the first thing you will need in a major emergency evacuation, like the Katrina event would be $100 – $500 in cash. As people were leaving and had to fill up their car with gas they found out the stations were not taking credit cards and you had to have cash only. Lines at the ATM’s were long and the machines ran out of cash quickly. Emergency preparedness planning is the key.