I’m not overly concerned about needing deadly force protection in my survival kit but do acknowledge that it certainly has a place in my survival kit list. All you have to do is watch the recent Black Friday mob behavior over cheap hand towels and video games to get a sense of how people might behave if and when they find themselves without something they really need. If things go bad, I suspect that they are going to go really bad and I do want to be prepared. Likewise, I also have a section of my survival kit list dedicated to shelter. It may not be possible to stay in my house and I am not a fan of government supported shelters and aid so I do need something in my survival kit and survival kit list that allows me to build a shelter from the weather.
Survival Kit Ammunition
My survival kit contains several weapons – all of which I am reasonably well trained with and which I practice with at least quarterly, if not monthly. My handgun of choice is a high capacity 9mm. A 10mm or .45 caliber has more knock down power but I believe that quantity has a quality all of it’s own. The smaller caliber is also more usable by my wife and daughters if the need arises. I occasionally frequent local gun shows and used a recent one as an opportunity to purchase 250 rounds of ammunition and a steel ammunition container to store it. My survival kit list specifies 1000 rounds and I’ll build this up over time so as not to bust the survival kit list budget too hard in any one month.
Survival Kit List Shelter
It is possible that my house may not provide the shelter we need in certain situations. I do plan on using my house as my primary shelter but do have a backup plan to build my own shelter if needed. Large plastic tarps go on sale frequently at outdoor supply stores, as do bungee cords and rope. A couple of tarps to protect from water below and water above, along with a couple long sticks and some rope should be able to provide us with a shelter. These tarps can also serve to bolster any potential leaks that might occur in my house. I purchased 6 tarps from my survival kit list on sale for less than $25.
Survival Kit Shelter Detail
I selected the 10′ x 16′ tarps as the best size for the price. One of the considerations that I always keep in mind while updating my survival kit list and building my survival kit is that my wife and daughters need to be able to handle and use each item. I may not be there and it would be a huge waste and distinct weakness to have something in my survival kit that was unusable to my wife and daughters.
Summary of Ammunition and Shelter from my Survival Kit List
Deadly force protection is a key part of my survival kit list and the survival kit I’m building. Having an abundance of ammunition is a starting point but weapons and frequent practice are more important. Shelter items provide a backup in the event that my primary shelter is unusable. A key aspect of both of these elements is that each item on my survival kit list and in my survival kit must be usable by someone smaller and weaker than me.