Logistics and Supplies
When formulating a plan that is adequate, there are many things to consider. Our intention is to provide a range of categories that will assist in your readiness, safety, and comfort. There are hundreds of things we did not include so that you do not become overwhelmed or disheartened with the expense and time required to be 100% prepared. Our goal is that you improve your chances of thriving during the worst of times, while having 80% of your bases covered logistically. You can do this!
There are real benefits to being prepared.
Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do during tough times, and how to help others who have failed to prepare.
Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations may try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area - hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism.
You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three weeks, and if possible, as long and six months. This will mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.
Many large scale disasters could impact the availability of resupply, or inclement conditions could prevent people from traveling safely to a store. For that reason, we greatly encourage citizens to have a larger supply of food, water, and medicine.
First Aid and health
Prepare in advance by reviewing the following list of supplies relative to health and wellness. FOR MEDICINE: • Topical antibiotics • Topical antiseptic • Aloe vera gel • Calamine lotion • Anti-diarrhea medication • Laxative • Antacids • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine • Hydrocortisone cream • Cough and cold medications • Personal medications that don't need refrigeration • Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) • Potassium iodide (radiation protectant) FOR VITAMINES & SUPPLEMENTS: (suggested daily - 1 adult) • Vitamin C 2000mg • Vitamin D 5000 IU • Quercetin 1000 mg • Zinc 30 mg • Immune Defense 3000mg (Wellness Formula) • Colloidal silver • Good knowledge of herbal medicine goes a long way and will help you deal with various illnesses. FOR EMERGENCIES: • Alcohol • Iodine • Hydrogen peroxide • Bandages/Gauze/Band-• Aids • Adhesive tape • Instant cold packs • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs • Scissors and tweezers • Thermometer • Emergency thermal blanket
In order to carry on as usual, you'll need a few cooking supplies that will ensure you never miss a warm meal! Some of these items are already a houshold item, so a simple inventory of what you need to complete your list will be your first step. FIRE STARTER: • Lighter, ferro rod, matches, magnifying glass FUEL • Kerosene, propane, candle, canned heat, fire tablets, wood, charcoal, lighter fluid, or lump coal COOKING EQUIPMENT: • Stainless steel pot, pan, spoons/forks/knives • Cast iron skillet • Propane camp style stove, or a Campmaid Dutch oven. • Tripod cooking stand • Can opener (hand operated)
Here are some essential items to help maintain good personal hygiene. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting gastro or infectious diseases, colds and flu. Washing your hands with soap removes germs that can make you ill. Maintaining good personal hygiene will also help prevent you from spreading diseases to other people. ORAL: • Toothpaste, mouthwash, dry toothpaste powder or baking soda, floss BATH / HAIR • Soap, shampoo, dry shampoo, razors, deodorant TOILETRIES • Toilet paper, wet napkins, washable rags FEMININE PRODUCTS • Sanitary products, feminine wipes
Heating and Cooling
By understanding what to do in a crisis and being prepared for what may come, you’ll reduce the danger that comes in many disaster situations. Most importantly, you’ll be helping your family stay safe. Be sure you have these items to maintain comfort and safety: • Propane tank and heater • Woodstove • Cured firewood (Firewood’s internal moisture level should be between 15 and 20 percent to burn properly. Split and stack in the open for at least a full summer) • Mist Fan (Battery) • Blankets • Water bottles (hot or cold therapy) • Zero Degree Sleeping Bag • Wool socks and hats
Communication and Navigation
Maintainging communications will be essential when/if cell towers and LAN lines are down. Having the right equipment can keep you connected! IMPORTANT EQUIPMENT: • Weather/AM/FM radio (Battery or Hand Crank Powered) • Walkie-Talkies • CB Radio • A HAM radio • Satellite Communications Devices Such as Garmin inReach Messenger, or inReach Mini 2. Subscriptions are required starting at $14.99 per month (or anually). Can be paired with smart phone, or stand-alone operated. More at: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/c/outdoor-recreation/satellite-communicators/ With sat-com devices, you can send text, emails, and have access to maps/navigation where cell phone coverage is blacked out. If you intend to get around without GPS or Google maps, you will need some basic tools. MAPS AND DIRECTION: • Waterproof street maps (national and local) • Waterproof water and streams maps • Compass
In the event the electricity is down, you will need alternative energy resources. We recommend a blended approach of solar, wind, gas, hydro and battery power to get through tough times. Here are a few things that will assist: • Batteries • Solar chargers (USB and C-Type compatible) • Power converter (12v vehicle) • Power banks • Hand-crank generator • Gas, diesel or hybrid generator • Waterwheel generator • Wind turbine generator
No need to fumble around in the dark! With just a few easy provisions, you will have planty of light no mater if the power is down for hours, weeks or months. LIGHTING SOLUTIONS: • Lamps/Lanterns • Camping lanterns (battery operated or solar powered) • Oil / kerosene lamps • Long-burn Candles - 1 hr. Tealight candle, 35 hr. Pillar candle or 115 hr. Candlelife • LED Flashlights • Hand Crank or battery powered
Defense/and Hunting Supplies
There are times when we must defend our families against those who would attempt to harm us when things get bad. Disasters can bring out the worst in people and many prey on innocent people during these times. It is wise to defend your family and supplies from thieves, robbers and thugs. Much of the same gear used for defense can double as hunting supplies. Here are a few items you may need to purchase to defend or hunt with: SILENT / STEALTH • Long Bow, Compound Bow or Crossbow with arrows • Blowgun and darts • Knives and wet stone for sharpening • Slingshot • Taser GUNS/FIREARMS AND AMMO: • Common Rifle calibers and ammo: (.22, .243, .270, 30-06, 30-30, 308, 7mm) • Common Pistol calibers and ammo (.22, .32, 38, .357, .40, 44mag, .45)