IF you Survive . . .
One day this will happen. It does not matter exactly what it will be, only that maybe you or your children are some of the few lucky ones to survive. No, this is not a scare monger Hub; it is the one of hope.
Recently I took a look around the internet as to what people advice for 'survival packs' and really I am amazed at how little people expect of such event. Thus I want her, in one short Hub - give you the FULL list of exactly what you need, why you need that and how you will be able to survive without all the other things. I have seen lists of this canned foods, blankets, that things, batteries, torch lights et all - BUT those are all only suitable for short term disasters.
Even if you have enough food stock stored for a whole year - what are you going to do after that? I do not say you should not store food; I am asking what will you do after that? However, there is a risk. If you have a stockpile of food and there is a few kids around the corner that does not have it; in an apocalyptic world there are no cops to call. You might be killed just so they can get to you food stockpile.
Everything you need to know:
The most important item in your survival kit is: Knowledge. There are five issues on which you need knowledge, without this you will not survive, anything else is secondary. Learn from people like this!
In case of a major disaster there will be after-effects. Thus you need to be able to protect yourself against such. Learn where you can seek shelter against various types of disaster: Fire, Water and Wind. You do not only have to worry about more of the same event; but about after results. It might be possible the sun will not shine on land; then it will get extremely cold. So how and where can you build protection against nature? What can you use, how can you get to that location from where you usually work and live. What could you use - form nature, how are you going to build it? Plan for a few possible scenarios.
Hopefully you would collect a few bottles of water somewhere on the way to or at your shelter. Now you need to determine long term survival with water. Where can you get water? What would the condition of the water be? Remember it is very possible that upstream there might be dead bodies of people, animals and most likely a few chemical related leaks too. So you have to plan your shelter location in such place to minimize this polluted water problem. Learn the various ways to purify water non technology and non-chemical. There are options like limestone as filters, bamboo knuckles, charcoal, copper and off course cooking. Of course - you need to have fire - so you need to know how to make fire.
Have water, have shelter. Now it is time to plan your food. In he first few days or weeks after such major event there should be quite a lot of food around. These might be from destroyed houses, shops etc. Consider what would be safe and how to collect those to your shelter. don't be afraid of 'scavenging' that will all be about survival. For the medium to long term you need to plan on food production, so you need a bit of seed in an Emergency kit - or you need to obtain it soon after the event. I suggest corn, tomato, carrot, onions, peas and so on - dry seed with relative long shelf life, NOT GENETIC MODIFIED, fast growing product. One more item to add to your pack is a few packets of fish hooks. VERY important here is to know what kind of editable food and plans you find in your natural environment, how to identify and prepare them. Keep in mind, nature will also teach you. If a monkey, goat, dog or pig eat it, it is probably safe for you too.
No need to store these now, no problem if you do. These are items you can scavenge again. After whatever incident there are tons of rubbish or flotsam around. Collect and bring to your shelter. On the long term, you are not going to have time for 'spinning' thus you will need to learn how to prepare animal skins - now. Use internet, museums, etc.
Lastly weapons to protect you against man and animal. The best weapon is your shelter. You have to fortify it somewhat. A gun and large number of bullets might be good; but then you can probably scavenge this. Now you should learn how to make an bow/arrow, set traps, use spear and most important - along knife like panga.
Learn, look, think and talk about survival with your friends, other people, internet, videos and TV. The best package you can collect is all of this knowledge in a printed form, laminated or protected against moisture and fire.
A bad prepared good survival knowledgeable person will most likely survive. A well stocked and prepared person without knowledge of survival - will not survive. Always remember this: Whatever happens, you will most likely need to move away from other people and you will most likely need to be on the move for a longer period of time. The lightest weight to carry around is Knowledge. Even you lose all your stockpile - the knowledge you can only loose if you die - then you would not need it anyway!
Make a set schedule to study about survival at least one hour every week, and pray you will have at least 20 weeks ahead. Also involve your loved ones. One excellent practice is to go on a camping trip. BUT not a creature comfort one; try to get along with less and less things every time; until you can reach the ultimate - go with only a pocket knife and the clothes on your body.
This is a short list of the minimum items I keep ready to go. It should be packed in a back pack, always with or near you. As light as possible, I would say no more than 5 Kg.
1. Few light weight lighters to make fire with.
2. Multipurpose Pliers - to use when you have to scavenge, build shelter, etc.
3. Pocket knife
4. Bigger serious knife, can double as weapon and food prepare.
5. Fishing hooks.
6. YOUR 'Bible of survival'. I suggest you laminate all pages.
7. Basic emergency kit for in case of injury during event. Plasters, bandages, anti-bacterial and anti septic fluids. Here I prefer my Aromatherapy: Ti-Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, etc.
8. Needle and threads - pick strong and various sizes, could also be used in case of injury.
9. Plant seeds - use dry, natural long shelf life, fast productive seeds like corn, pea, tomato, cucumber, etc.
10. Monocular or binocular glasses for safety checks.
11. Fishing gear.
12. Water filter system - typical backpackers filter is best, but lots of extra filters.
In time I will edit refinements in this Hub.