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The top 20 survival gear items to have on hand.

Top emergency survival gear
Be confident that you have critical survival gear on hand when
you're facing an emergency. Take a look a the list below and see
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Top 20 Emergency Supplies to Have on Hand
What are the most critical and important emergency supplies to
have on hand before crisis? Below is a list of the top 20 survival
gear items to have on hand before disaster strikes.

Have true peace of mind when you stock basic survival items:

#1 Emergency Supply: Water.
The first thing any prepper should do is to get water stockpiled.
To get started, go to the grocery store, dollar store or Costco and
stock up on bottled water and pick up at least 10 gallons per
person. Before you stock up,
read our bottled water warnings to
learn which kinds of water you should avoid.

Next consider your
water storage options to get a three-month
supply of water for your family. Water is life and you can only
survive three days without it. A family of four requires...

#2 Emergency Supply: Water filtration method.
Hopefully you’ve stocked several gallons of water, but when that
runs out you need an alternative supply. That’s why water
filtration is imperative to your survival.

The top three water filters are:

  • Lifestraw Family is one of the best water purifiers you can
    buy for your family. This gravity fed water purification system
    is capable of purfifying up to 4755 gallons of water.

  • Katadyn Pocket Water Filter, pictured right, is a long lasting
    for personal or small group camping, backpacking or
    emergency preparedness.It's well worth the investment if
    you're a prepper. Filter's silver-impregnated ceramic element
    is effective against bacteria and protozoa.

  • Big Berkey Water filter. One of the best emergency supplies
    you can have is a Big Berkey. The Big Berkey water filtration
    system is ideal for off grid living and a "must have" in hostile
    environments where electricity, water pressure or treated
    water may not be available. The Berkey water system
    purifies your water without the use of obnoxious chemicals
    like iodine or chlorine that was the standard procedure. In
    fact, it helps filter out those chemicals from your tap water.
    And you can use your Big Berkey to filter raw well water.

#3 Emergency Supply: Food.
Food storage should be your passion as prepper. You can live
three weeks without food, but why suffer? The ordinary person
will stock three days of food Center’s for Disease Control (CDC).
Preppers go beyond the recommendations of the CDC by stashing
much more than a 72-hour supply of food.

  • What kinds of food is in the prepper’s pantry? The prepper’
    s pantry is filled with non-perishables ~ shelf-stable foods
    such as canned foods, protein bars, powdered milk, grains
    and cereals, as well as ample supplies dehydrated meats,
    fruits and vegetables, freeze dried foods and even pet foods.
    Here's our list of the top emergency food supplies you can
    get from the grocery store.

  • Why stock up on freeze dried foods? Freeze dried food is
    very healthy because it retains nutrition. Freeze dried food is
    not only long-lasting it doesn’t shrink or toughen the food ~
    and t retains the flavor and visual appeal of color. It’s also
    the food you should stock early in your prepping ventures
    because you won’t waste your money on cans that expire in
    two years. You can always take it camping just before it
    expires or enjoy it on a night you don’t feel like cooking.

#4 Emergency Supply: Can openers.
Much of a prepper’s long term emergency food storage comprises
cans. It reasons then that one of the best emergency supplies to
have with your cans is a can opener!

Stockpile a variety of can openers because during a catastrophe
you might not be able to find one or you may not be able to open
your cans because your only can opener doesn’t work.

There are four kinds of can openers to get:
  1. Sturdy manual can opener. Have several well made non-
    electric can openers in your kitchen and with your camping
    gear. Can openers tend to get rusty or they break. You need
    to have backups for when they break.
  2. Quality manual wall can opener. Get a sturdy wall unit can
    opener and secure the wall can opener it to a sturdy place.
    Having a wall unit can opener will make it easier not to
    misplace your can opener, and during a long-term emergency
    will be
  3. Military can openers. Tape small military can openers to
    some of your canned foods, particularly the freeze dried
    foods.
  4. Bucket opener. Consider a bucket opener in your list of can
    openers. You'll have a difficult time accesing your long term
    food larder without it. It costs just $2.98

It’s safe to eat directly from the can!
Is it safe to eat canned food straight from the can? Yes, but you’
ll find it tastes better heated.You don’t need to heat to eat it ~
yet somehow people understand this when it’s a canned fruit
cocktail, but they somehow feel it’s unsafe not to heat the
canned ravioli without heating it. That’s illogical. Canned food is
pre-cooked, so it’s safe to eat straight from the can provided it’s
not bulging, rusted or overly dented. Discard bulging cans for risk
of botulism.

You can even cook your food directly from the can!

#5 Emergency Supply: Biomass Campstove.
A basic campstove that can take biomass is imperative.
Renewable biomass includes twigs, pinecones, wood pellets,
branches, etc. You can cook your food in many ways, but once the
fuel is gone you’re out of luck. That’s why it’s important to have a
biomass cookstove.

You don’t need to spend lots of money. A Coghlans folding stove
(around $6-9), for example is intended for use with camp heat,
but you can put some twigs in it and cook if you have to. The unit
will become discolored, but it will help you survive.

Want something more substantial for emergencies? An ideal
option is the
BioLite CookStove,right. At around $48-$79, this
lightweight cookstove has aluminum legs fold up for nested
portability and durability for camping, backpacking or power
outages.

#6: Emergency Supply: Camp cookware.
Something overlooked by preppers as a basic need in prepping is
camp cookware. With a quality metal container you can boil water
to help purify it lest you should not have a functioning water
filtration method.It’s also essential for helping you cook your
freeze dried and emergency food.

#7 Emergency Supply: Carbon Monoxide Detector.
Something not ordinarily in the purview of preppers is their need
for a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a
leading cause of death after hurricanes because people turn to
grills and gas stoves. It’s odorless and invisible. Carbon monoxide
poisoning may give you dizziness, headaches, nausea and
vomiting. Most of this comes from using a generator indoors.

#8 Emergency Supply: BIC lighter or Zippo.
Any prepper will tell you that a BIC lighter is the easiest way to
start a fire. Alternatively a Zippo lighter. Whatever your choice,
you need a reliable lighter. You can get a case of 50 Zippo
lighters for around $50 ~ and this choice is worth more than a
generator.In addition to a lighter, you should have an alternative
means of firestarting.

#9 Emergency Supply:  Roadside Car kit.
When the rubber meets the road, preppers often don’t need much
roadside assistance. A prepper emergency vehicle kit helps ensure
roadside safety.
  • Chemical sticks and flare sticks. Emergency signaling is
    important to prevent other drivers from plowing into you.
    They’re also important to get help from police, ambulance
    and firefighters.
  • Booster cable.
  • A tow strap.
  • A spare tire and jack. There’s no legal requirement to have
    a spare in the United States, and according to AAA, about 30
    million vehicles in the U.S. don't have a spare tire! Preppers
    are not among that crowd. A spare tire is the most basic
    roadside survival item along with a jack. Remember not to
    drive more than 50mph on that tire if it’s a used or poor
    quality tire.

#10 Emergency Supply: Lighting.
Have emergency lighting (and not necessarily candles). You can
and should have candles on hand, but eventually when the
candles run out, you’ll need to turn to another source of lighting.
That’s when a solar powered light comes in handy. Also consider
that unattended candles are a fire hazard and are not appropriate
for some kinds of emergency situations such as when the gas
mains are broken.

#11: Emergency Supply: Respirators.
There are four basic types of respirators you can buy:

  • NBC Gas mask: A Gas mask is the iconic prepper supply
    item. Look for an NBC gas mask ~ that’s a gas mask that
    provides you with protection against Nuclear, Biological or
    Chemical threats. There's much to know about gas masks.
    Here are the top 8 things to know before buying a gas mask.

  • NIOSH-approved N95: During the massive Californnia fires
    you may have seen the intelligent survivors wearing an N-95
    mask. An N95 is ideal for helping you breath through
    unhealthy air or dangerous air quality conditions from
    massive fires. An N95 gas mask is for everyday particles
    which might come from sanding, sweeping, sawing bagging
    or processing minerals, coal, iron, ore, flour metal, wood,
    pollen and some other substances. It’s also appropriate for
    liquid or non-oil based particles from sprays that do not also
    emit oil aerosols or vapors.

  • Antiviral mask. Get ready for cold and flu season with a
    basic antiviral mask. An antiviral mask is a type of respirator
    that can help protect the wearer from others who are
    infected and it can also help protect others if the wearer is
    infected. Anti-viral masks help rapidly absorb potentially
    infectious droplets away from the surface. Think of an
    antiviral mask as a surgical mask to protect the infected and
    to protect from infection.

  • Pandemic mask. Another type of respirator is a pandemic
    mask ~ this kind of mask goes beyond a disposable antiviral
    mask. Sundstrom Pandemic Flu Respirator kit includes the SR
    100 silicone half mask air purifying respirator that's intended
    for use when your life requires maximum safety and
    breathing comfort. This kit offers up to 18 months of
    protection and you can disinfect it over and over again to get
    you through a pandemic.

#12: Emergency Supply: Tactical knife.
A tactical fixed-blade knife is one of your most important survival
tools for defense, shelter building, firebuilding and food foraging.
Be combat ready with a proper knife. The most famous fixed
blade knife is the KA-BAR, which was designed to serve the U.S.
Military during World War II. It sets the benchmark as a
legendary blade. More than 50 years later,this superior tactical
knife is still doing its job and serving our country and our troops
with honor.

#13: Emergency Supply: Tactical go bag.
Many people think only in terms of having a bugout bag as a
backpack. A tacitical bag can be just as practical or as a
supplement to your bugout bag.

A tactical bag can have emergency medical supplies for the family
or group. It can include extra food or gear such as a larger family
water filtration method. Think Lifewater.

#14: Emergency supply: Axe.
Do you have an axe? Felling trees for fire-building, shelter
building or to clear debris after catastrophe require an axe. There
are many types of axes you can own ~ a felling axe, a limbing
axe, a hunting axe, a splitting axe, a hatchet or a tomahawk. In
an emergency you should have at least one of them.

Do you wear gloves when swinging your axe! You should, but
even if you don't, you should have work gloves for other tasks,
such as running a splitter, tossing and stacking wood. Make sure
you have work gloves and sturdy boots when you use your axe.

  • Work gloves. Stash a pair of work gloves in your bugout bag
    and your car kit. You may need to move heavy branches or
    lift debris in an emergency. Gloves can also help protect you
    from blisters and splinters.

  • Sturdy boots. Sturdy boots are good to have for virtually
    every emergency. They will protect you from chiggers, ticks
    and other critters while hiking. They will keep your feet
    protected after an urban disaster. Sturdy boots are important
    also to wear to help protect you from debris after an
    earthquake, hurricane, tornado or other disaster.

#15: Emergency Supply: Tarp.
A tarp has so many purposes in survival. A tarp is a versatile
survival item. It can be a hammock, a shelter, a tent,
groundcover, canopy for shade or sudden downpours.

#16: Emergency Supply: Camping Toilet.
When plumbing isn't an option you need a camping toilet.
Do you have a plan when the stuff hits the fan? If your #1 place
to go #2 isn't available in a long-term emergency because the
toilets won't flush, you must have an alternative sanitation plan.

Did you know that if the power grid goes down for an extended
period the toilets will stop flushing? Proper sanitation is
important in the aftermath of a large scale catastrophe, because
without it disease can easily set into a community. Diseases
caused by improper sanitation include
cholera, hepatitis, polio
and typhoid.

#17: Emergency Supply. Survival radio.
Get cranking on getting a reliable emergency radio for survival!
The American Red Cross recommends you have an emergency
weather radio in preparation for a disaster. They say, "no
emergency kit is complete without one," yet many preppers
overlook this basic survival item.

A
survival radio is a must for preppers and you can give the gift of
preparedness this holiday season. Keep your household prepared
with this AM/FM & NOAA weather alert radio, broadcast
emergency weather alerts for your area such as hurricanes,
tornadoes and severe storms.

#18: Emergency Supply: Compass.
Navigation is among the top five military survival skills. The best
compass money can buy is a lensatic compass and the best of the
best is Commenga. The Cammenga compass is depended on by
fighting forces, government agencies, and adventurous outdoor
enthusiasts around the world.

The
Commenga Tritium Lensatic Compass pictured right, is battle
tested through rigorous shock, water, sand proof, and functional
from -50o F to +150o F. Seven Tritium Micro Lights allow for
navigation in low-light conditions, without the need for a
flashlight or any other light source. Tritium Micro Lights remain
luminous for over twelve years, maintenance-free. Equipped with
a magnifying lens, sight wire, and dial graduations in both
degrees and mils to ensure accurate readings. The Copper
Induction Damping System slow the rotation of the magnet
without the use of liquids. Built to last with an aluminum frame
and waterproof housing.

#19: Emergency Supply: Medic kit.
Preppers go beyond a basic first aid kit. They stock bandages,
wraps, ointments, medicine, ice packs, bloot clotting methods,
syringes, latex gloves, safety pins, pill bottles, tape, cotton tips,
hemostats, sponges, airways, wipes, inhalants and suture sets.

Want to upgrade your kit? The Pelican 1600EMS Case with EMS
Organizer/Dividers (Black) is an unbreakable, watertight, airtight,
dustproof, chemical-resistant and corrosion-proof hard case used
to carry emergency medical supplies.

#20: Emergency Supply: Wool blanket.
Wools is a favorite survival tool employed by the military and for
good reason. Nature wins over man-made fleece or Mylar

  • A wool blanket is a wise thing to stock in your car to assist
    shock victims if there is an accident.

  • Wool helps you retain body heat and can help you stay warm
    even when wet.

  • Another good reason to have a wool blanket is that it resists
    mold and bacteria.

What’s not on the list of basics but you should add?

  • A generator: In some parts of the country, a generator is
    imperative to last you through a short emergency. A
    generator is not on the list of supplies to own because
    eventually the fuel will run out. Picking the right generator is
    critical. Here are tips on how to pick a generator.

  • A surge protector. Did you know the real value of a surge
    protector? It's not to save your computer, it's to save your
    life! The popular surge protector right is only around $12.
    Learn more about why you need a surge protector.

Happy endings...
Be confident that you have the critical survival gear by reviewing
the list above.

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