There are so many types of horrific disasters that it is easy to forget about some of the more common crisis situations such as power outages, fires, windstorms, sickness and more. Although the severity and consequence of these situations may not be as devastating as a life-taking and destructive earthquake, flood, or tornado, they are stressful none-the-less.
I know I am preaching the choir (my readers) when I say that when disaster strikes, it may be difficult to think as quickly as you would like. Therefore, the more procedures and preps you have in place, the greater the likelihood of an effective and efficient response.
Today I would like to suggest that you utilize the space under your bed as a storage area for some survival supplies. Why under the bed? In a panic situation, you and your family members will know where to go night or day for basic survival supplies. No digging around in closets, going to the garage, getting down in to the crawl space. The ultimate goal would be to have enough on hand under the bed to give you time to rationally think through what is happening and prepare the best and more thorough response tactic.
We are not talking about a years worth of food and water here (although a day or two’s supply would be good). Instead, we are talking about essentials that will help you cope in the short term such as:
- Flashlight, light sticks, batteries – Essential if the power is out or the crisis occurs at night
- Bottled water and protein bars – You want enough to get through at least a 12 hour period.
- Two signs: OK or HELP – Have two signs with bold letters. This will assist rescuers and first responders in doing their job. You might want to have a third sign that says INJURED.
- First aid items – don’t forget that you can use band aids to hang one of the signs in the window
- Prescription medications – A one or two day supply
- Sturdy Shoes plus socks – To protect your feet from broken glass. Also to provide protection if you need to go outside and seek assistance
- Work Gloves – Same as above. Will protect you hands from glass and chemicals plus assist in removing debris either indoors or out.
- Hardhat – To protect you from falling objects such as bricks, trees, siding and more
- Self-defense items – Pepper Spray or even a baseball bat will ward away intruders
- Copies of important documents – Emergency contact information, identification, medical history, etc. You can store a lot on a flash drive.
This is just a starter list. Remember, what I am suggesting is not a replacement for your bug out bag. Instead, it is a quick, easy sneezy storage location to find things you need while you give yourself an opportunity to gather your wits, assess the situation and prepare a more thorough response to your crisis or disaster situation.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: HDMI cables, especially at brick and mortar stores, are expensive to the point of being ridiculous. As far as I can tell, generic cables work just as well and cost a fraction of the price. How can this be? Well, unlike analog signals that can degrade over distance or with a poor connection, digital signals are either on or off. Either your HDMI cable gives you a perfect digital picture or it gives you nothing.
From the Bargain Bin: Today I feature some of the suggested items for your under the bed survival supplies.
Flash Drive: Check out this Kingston Digital DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 – 8 GB Flash Drive for $11.99 with free shipping and frustration free packaging. I can’t believe how cheap these drives are getting.
Pepper Spray: This is another can’t be without item. I have them stashed all over the place. This one is is less than $10 and has high ratings: SABRE Compact Pepper Spray
Hiking Boots: I personally own two pairs of these Timberland boots. They are over 8 years old and are still sturdy and dare I say? like new and comfy. I do believe there is a man’s version as well. (And yes, sometimes I do my hippie imitation and where my boots with skirts – I will need to take a picture to share someday LOL.) Timberland Women’s Nellie Premium Ankle Boot
Flashlight: This is the flashlight I love so much. The AMAZING 95 LED Aluminum Flashlight
Emergency Essentials is a great source of food for long term storage as well as supplies. Their monthly specials are especially good. Shown below are some of the June specials.
Doesn’t this look good? During the month of June, the price is reduced from $72.25 to $59.99.
The June savings is $10 off on this sleeping bag.
And, if you have the bucks and the space, I highly recommend a water barrel (or two!)
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