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The life straw is a must have for emergency preparedness.

Must have for emergency preparedness

Life Straw Personal Water Filter 

These are great to have when you go hunting, hiking or camping. They are also great for emergency preparedness. Nobody wants to think about needing them in an emergency, but being prepared for one is always a great idea.

  • Award-winning LifeStraw has been used by millions around the globe since 2005
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns
  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
  • Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies

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We all like to have what we need when we need it. And it is those times that we need to prepare for now before something happens. Maybe the power goes out, maybe it will be out for days at a time due to a disaster .

If you have Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts these are practically a must have for campouts

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As low as $2.42 and free shipping – Why a bracelet  This can be unwoven to tie up gear or help tie up a shelter. It can be used in first aid as a tourniquet and also used to help hang and clean your dinner. The inner cords can be used as fishing line. It is a must have in preparedness equipment.

41ADCPQOEEL._SL500_AA300_Ranger FIRE STEEL Flint & Striker SAS Survival Tool Kit – Outdoor Camping Living Survival Tool As low as $1.96 and free shipping – A fire starter is used to make fires to keep warm, signal for help or cook your food. A good fire will always boost your moral.

41QJyRYI0EL._SL500_AA300_ Portable Extra-large Head Windproof Waterproof Matches As low as $2.12 and free shipping –  Windproof matches are a must have when it it time to start a fire. With out them in a water proof container, starting a fire can become very frustrating. Having multiple ways to start fires is basic survival 101.

51-IdezreiL._SL500_AA300_SODIAL- 7w 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp As low as $3.89 and free shipping – A low energy consumption LED flashlight will last for a very long time. This means your batteries will go and go and go and you can find your way around at night, or even signal for help.



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Water Filter survival emergencyIn a Bug Out Bag or a 72 Hour Kit backpack – a Water purifier or filter is a must have! Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System is one of the smallest and lightest filters I have seen and is also very inexpensive! It is as low as $9.86 with Free Shipping on the super savers free shipping. Now you can place one on your car in case you are stuck in the middle of now where. You can get one for your emergency kit and get extra as back up. This light weight filter will filter out 99.9% of the two most common and dangerous bugs – cryptosporidium and Giardia. This one unit can filter out up to 20 gallons of water!
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System

As low as $9.95 and free shipping options


  • Frontier Emergency Water Filter by Aquamira-Compact, Light and Effective
  • Carry the Frontier Emergency Water Filter by Aquamira in your pack or pocket for safe drinking water, wherever you are. Traps 99.9 Percent of Cryptosporidium and Giardia
  • Lightweight and compact emergency water filter system. Easy to use; drink directly from any water source.
  • Removes greater than 99.9 Percent of Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Filters up to 30 gallons of water.
  • Activated coconut shell carbon filter. Miraguard Antimicrobial Technology suppresses bacteria, algae, fungus, mold and mildew within the filter.

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Survival emergency disastersMatt here- We see it all the time in the news but never really realize the impact of what it actually means in our own life. Ever wonder what it would be like without power? How about with out running “clean” water or better yet with out water at all. How about even surviving without shelter.

No matter if it is a natural disaster or man made, there will be a point in everyone’s life where you are without power or with out any of the basic survival needs. In the late 80’s we lived without power for weeks due to Hurricane Hugo. Bet you didn’t realise that without power you can’t make ice and all of your food in the fridge and freezer will go bad in about 2 days. I remember it well, we had a neighborhood BBQ just to cook off the food before it spoiled.

Just like every hurricane we see the damage on TV, we say ahh those poor people and then the toaster pops up and the microwave distracts us from the news. And in just a few days there is something else on the news that changes the focus and we easily forget the people still struggling. Without getting into politics too much, I feel the nation has become reliant on someone else to come to their aid. As an Eagle Scout of about 25 years – I got mine at 13 and half – I still remember the Scout Motto – Be Prepared.

Be Prepared does not mean – Wait till some one helps you, or make sure you know who to yell at for food and shelter. It means get it yourself  “before” something happens to you or your family. Get your life in order before the order is taken from you. Before mother nature or deranged people take away what you know to be safety and security.

Being Prepared does NOT take a lot of time, nor does it take much money either. The other thing is that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out either. When any human is put in a survival mode – most likely their inner caveman will come out when they realise their hair dryer or their cell phone stops working. At one point or another we have all seen an episode of the TV reality show Survivor. Without basic supplies and basic tools the human body will shut down. So how do you do it? Where do you start?

Start small, but be consistent.  Make it a goal that every paycheck or every month you purchase at least one thing to add to your survival kit. Start with a Backpack. You need something that can store items, that is easy to grab, and can be carried easily. A box is nice but a backpack is much better. If something happens where you need to hike for safety or hike for help it is best to bring your survival bag with you at all times.

Once you assemble a bag for yourself, make sure you continue to build on that. Each person in your family should have their own bag that they can carry. If you have children, make sure you pack age appropriate supplies. Like a 5 year old shouldn’t have to carry a fire starter, but should have their favorite toy thats is small and their favorite blanket or something to help them feel safe. Also if you have young children, there is no reason why they can’t carry their own small backpacks with diapers and powdered milk and baby wipes.

Below is a list of items to start off with. Whether you know how to use it or not is not what you need to worry about right now, you just need to have these basics to survive.

emergency backpack kitEmergency Backpack – any will do, but one big enough to hold many items, rugged enough to withstand abuse. They can start as low as $10

emergency blanketEmergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) ( on sale for as low as $6.99 for a pack of 10 and free shipping) An emergency blanket can help not only keep you warm but will help you get warm. Just like a wrapping of aluminum foil will keep the heat in on your picnic lunch, it can help you if you are becoming hypothermic. And can be used to flag down help!

firestarter kit emergency survivalFirestarter – No matter the season, a fire will help with warmth at night, to signal for help, and what many do not realise it will help you feel secure. Why not a lighter? The gas in the lighters can leak, evaporate, and in heat might combust.

water proof matchesWaterproof Windproof matches –  Having a fire is a key to surviving as well as a way to signal for help. And with something that is high on the list it is best to have backups in order. A good match that will light when wet and also you don’t have to worry about wind is a key to any good fire.

 water filter straw emergency survival

Water Filter – A good water filter will help you simply live. A human on a normal day needs between 2-3 liters of water per day. In survival circumstances you are working hard, hiking and stressing your body so much that you need much more to live. A water filter straw is only about nine bucks and should be one of the first things in your kit.

water purification tablets emergency survivalWater Purification Tablets – Water is a must in a survival environment. Having more then one backup is key to coming out healthy and alive. Water purification tablets are one of the most reliable ways to make sure your water is save to drink.

survival paracord emergencySurvival RopeParacord – Why do you need rope? The real question is what can you not do with rope? Use this to tie up a signal for help – Fishing line – Anchor – boot strap – Backpack strap – First aid brace – Use it on a stick to help start a fire – Sewing thread – Tourniquet in First Aid – Snare to catch food – Hammock – Trip line and more…

survival knife emergencySurvival Knife – From the ole 80’s movie Crocodile Dundee – That’s not a knife – This is a Knife – Use it to cut food, cut cords, chop trees for a fire, shave wood for tinder for a fire, break glass, clear a path, make a shelter, and more….

There is always something else you can add to your Survival packs like hand wipes to feel clean, toilet paper for the comfort of home but make sure you zip it in a plastic bag. Also don’t forget the snacks like trail mix for the protein and carbs, a good protein bar collection for energy, and a can of chicken chunks or tuna or some meat or your favorite meal in a can. Mainly you want to think of storage. Think of how long it will last and how often you actually will rotate the food or perishable items out of your survival bag.

One thing that many people forget about is to save your memories. If there is a disaster that wipes out your home, what about all of the family pictures that you see people rummaging through their torn down home to save! Take the time after the kids go to bed and scan or take digital photos of all of your memories. Over Christmas one year I scanned every old photo album, every birth certificate, and every colored elementary picture I brought home when I was a kid and my mom saved. Scan, photograph or copy every thing that you can. Save it on a Solid State Drive, or High capacity SD card or USB memory stick. Why only those and not a normal and cheaper hard drive? Hard Drive have spinning parts that are more likely to break and malfunction then a chip inside of a USB drive or SD card. They have no moving parts, they are lighter weight, and are easier to carry with you. This way you can always replace a home, but the memories you will always carry with you. Now once you make one, make sure to make a duplicate copy and store it at your relatives home. Just incase your’s is destroyed or lost you still have a backup in a separate location.

Make sure you put your survival bag close by where you can grab it and go. We have ours on the outside, front edge of our garage. So if there was a fire in the house and we all ran out, it would be easy to grab it from the garage. Just remember that in an emergency you will not have time to plan out where and when you will need to grab it.


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