Hurricane and Earthquake Survival Kit Building

 

Hurricane season is here and if there was an earthquake season, it would probably be here as well – time to put some detailed focus into building and improving my hurricane and earthquake survival kit.  Where I live, we don’t have any earthquakes but we do have regular hurricanes.  I think the personal impact is quite similar such that any well thought out and built disaster survival kit will suffice.  Building and property damage is one of the greatest impacts of an earthquake or hurricane. Because of that, I think it is very important to be able to clear damaged property and get yourself out of a jam – good tools are essential for building a earthquake or hurricane survival kit. I added a very nice and well reviewed hatchet to help clear debris or get me out of a jam if I’m trapped in a building.  It’s possible that I already have a hatchet in my survival kit – I’m not sure.  I’ll double check that the next time I inventory my survival kit supplies against my disaster survival kit list.  Knowing it’s there gives me confidence in my hurricane and earthquake survival kit as we head into hurricane season.

 

 

 

 

Hatchet in an Earthquake Survival Kit

Yellow and Grey Hatchet for Earthquake Survival Kit Tool
A Hatchet for an Earthquake Survival Tool

 

The picture (left) is of the hatchet in my hurricane and earthquake survival kit, and it is one of the best hatchets I have ever used. The reiews on this hatchet were excellent and I see why; I also purchased one for my other projects around my house and on our ranch.  The weight is magnificent and I do believe the company claim of cutting 3 times as deep. My wife believes that I already had a hatchet in my earthquake and hurricane survival kit, (hence the need for quarterly inventory and survival kit list checks) but I’m still very pleased with this addition to my hurricane and earthquake survival kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary of Hurricane and Earthquake Survival Kit Building

Hurricane season is here and it’s time for some additions to my hurricane and earthquake survival kit.

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Seeds in an Emergency Survival Kit

I have read and heard a ton about survival seeds and making sure that you have seeds for growing food in your emergency survival kit. This is important I think because freeze dried food in your emergency survival kit only goes so far. I held off for a while because my initial research told me that they were too expensive and there were too many choices. I have finally worked far enough down my survival kit list that it was time to give these seed packages some serious consideration. I found one that looked promising and decided to give it a try as part of my emergency preparedness kit. The maker/seller of the seeds declined to give me a free or discounted set of seeds in exchange for a review so I decided to just purchase the package outright and give them a try as I continue to build my survival kit. What good are food seeds in your emergency survival kit if they don’t work or aren’t tested?  Not much I think so I’m also giving my food seeds in my emergency survival kit a real world trial in my raised bed garden.

Primary Seeds in my Emergency Survival Kit

Emergency Survival Kit Seeds Displayed in Small Plastic Packages on a Blue Background
Seeds from an Emergency Survival Kit

One of the primary characteristics in almost every food seed package sold for emergency survival kits is that the seeds are heirloom. This means, in general, that they are not hybrids or genetically modified. The fact that they aren’t hybrids means that they should produce fruits that produce seeds that can then be reused in subsequent years. The package I purchased was advertised to feed four people and contained a wide variety of seeds. Each seller of seeds for emergency survival kits has a slightly different mix of seeds but most contain your basic legumes, vegetables and leafy greens. From what I’m learning about seed packages as part of building a survival kit is that they add to their price by increasing the number of seeds to feed an increasingly large group of people AND they increase the types of seeds – sometimes into the list of food plants that seem to be of increasingly less value. For example, chives and cilantro. Really? In an emergency survival kit? This package of seeds for my Emergency Survival Kit also came with it’s own storage container which is an advantage in some respects but may be a hindrance when packed within my storage containers for survival kits.

 

Secondary Seeds in my Emergency Preparedness Kit

Emergency Preparedness Kit Seeds Display in Small Plastic Packages on Blue Background
Seeds from an Emergency Preparedness Kit

The seed package I purchased for my emergency survival kit had a good supply of basic foods with seeds that are large enough to handle. It also came with an even larger supply of seeds that were of secondary value in my opinion. These types of seeds also tended to be much smaller, more difficult to handle and require inside germination in some cases. Now, I do agree with designing and building a survival kit with comfort in mind. That said, it is my opinion that the emergency preparedness kit comfort needs to be considered with respect to how much effort is required relative to the value or comfort to be expected. It seems to me that the effort required to plant and manage very small seeds that require careful germination might not be as good an idea as increasing the number of seeds in the basic foods.

 

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Build a Survival Kit with Rainwater Collection

Green Rain Water Collection Tank and White PVC Pipeing as a Part of Build Survival Kit
Build Survival Kit with Rain Water Collection

The drought last Summer in Texas had a number of people rethink their emergency survival kit needs and what is needed to build a survival kit. Water is a critical resource for planning your emergency preparedness kit and can’t easily be included in the things that you stock. I’ve built a simple rain water collection system at my home and also at another, more remote location, to insure that we have water in case of emergency. Rain water collection systems can range from very simple to very complex depending on your needs and budget. Mine is a very simple model with basic filtration and a large tank and was built for less than $1,000. This system will need a water filtration kit. I was amazed at how much rain can be collected from a small roof area. I’m getting a couble benefit from my rain water collection system in that I’m using it to water my raised bed garden where I’m testing my seeds in my emergency survival kit

 

Raised Bed Garden Testing

Raised Bed Gardening with Small Green Plants fo Build Survival Kit
Build Survival Kit with Raised Bed Gardening

I am implementing the Square Foot Garden method to test my seeds in my emergency survival kit. This approach advocates much denser planting with careful attention to each plant as opposed to using a much larger area of land with correspondingly greater effort to prepare, plant and tend it. I’ve used a raised bed garden in the past with good success but without the details of the Square Foot Garden methods. I’m also using my raised bed garden to test the seed package I purchase for my emergency preparedness kit. I will also add gardening tools as I build my survival kit.

Summary of Seeds in an Emergency Survival Kit

Seed package for an emergency survival kit seem to be the rage. I’ve come along way since I started this project to build a survival kit two years ago. There are almost too many choices and it is easy to ignore the question of the viability of the seeds. I purchased a package of seeds designed for my location and am testing them in my raised bed garden as part of my emergency preparedness kit. This test will require that I also harvest, save and dry the seeds and test them again next season. The key to survival seeds is that they produce seeds that can be reused. The variety of seeds in the package I purchased was huge – and probably too much in my opinion. I also implemented a rain water collection system to insure that I have potable water in the event of an emergency. My system is simple and was implemented for less than $1,000 which was a strain on my emergency survival kit budget.

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Three Important but Easily Forgotten Survival Kit List Items

I’ve come to learn that building a survival kit list can be fun if I do it on a regular basis and don’t try to do too much at once.  My schedule consists of a monthly addition within my budget and then a quarterly update of my survival equipment list.  I turn the monthly addition of an item from my survival gear list into a sort of scavenger hunt for my home survival kit and I treat the quarterly research as an opportunity to learn more from the survival kit list community.

Add a Map to Your Survival Kit List

Detailed Map Book of Texas from Survival Kit List
Detailed Texas Map from Survival Kit List

I decided that it would be a very good idea to have a detailed and durable map for my home survival kit in the event that things went sideways.  I typically rely on my smart phone or GPS device but recognized that those devices, even the electricity needed to power them, may not be available.  Time to get a little old school for my survival equipment list and go back to paper.  Since I live in Texas and probably won’t go far from there in the event of an emergency I selected a Texas map.  I found one that has laminated page and very detailed maps of the major and minor roads in each county in Texas.  This addition to my survival kit list helped open up other lines of thinking as well.

 

 

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Clean Water is the Top Priority

Blue Boxed Water Treatment Kit from Survival Gear List
Commercial Personal Water Treatment Kit from Survival Gear List

Water is cricital to life and a good water filter is a critical component of any survival kit list.  There are almost too many choices out there so I selected the one for my home survival kit that seemed to have the longest life coupled with best filtration and a replaceable filter.  In addition to a water filter in my survival equipment list, I’ve also started building rain water collectors at each of the locations where I think I may need to go.  Finding water will be priority number one.  Treating or filtering tha twater for human consumption will be priority number two.

 

 

 

 

 

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Repairing Items in Your Survival Kit List

Yellow Boxed Sewing Awl from Home Survival Kit
Leather/Canvas Sewing Awl from Home Survival Kit

My Speedy Stitcher was a surprise item.  I actually purchased it to repair some hunting chaps and then upon wondering what to do with it afterward, realized that it would be a great addition to my home survival kit.  I already have numerous tarps in my survival equipment list and duct tape to repair those tarps if needed but imagine how many items in your survival kit list that could need repair.  If an item in your survival gear list needed repair how would you repair it?  A Speedy Stitcher of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Three Important Items for your Survival Kit List

Add a map, water filtration and a sewing kit to your survival kit list.  Surviving isn’t always about staying in one place and hiding.  You may need to be mobile and if so, you’ll want a map that help you avoid areas where other people are.  Water is the first priority.  Clean water is the second priority.  Look at your list of survival equipment list items.  How many of them could possibly need repair.  If an item in your survival gear list does need repair, do you have the tools to do so?  Update your survival kit each month with a new item.  Ask critical questions about your survival kit list.  Think creatively whenever you update your survival kit list.

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