Food and Water
In any emergency situation, access to food and water becomes critical. A standard rule of thumb is to have at least three days’ worth of food and water for each person in your household. Non-perishable food items are ideal for long-term storage because they can last up to five years without spoiling. Canned goods like beans, fruits, vegetables, and soups are excellent choices as they provide necessary nourishment while being relatively easy to store. Ready-to-eat foods such as granola bars or trail mix are perfect for on-the-go situations.
Water is crucial to survival, so having adequate supplies should be a top priority. Water bottles are ideal for short-term emergencies but may not suffice if there is an extended crisis. Instead, consider purchasing a portable water filtration system that can filter out impurities from natural sources like rivers and streams.
Having access to medical supplies during an emergency can make all the difference between life and death. Your doomsday kit should include basic first aid supplies such as bandages, gauze pads, antiseptic solution/ointment or wipes, tweezers/scissors/safety pins/, disposable gloves/, and pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If you’re someone with chronic health issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you should always have enough medication on hand that could last you up to two weeks in case of an emergency.
The loss of power that often happens in emergencies means relying on other sources of light. It’s important always to have flashlights on hand and extra batteries. Other alternatives to flashlights include portable lanterns and glow sticks.
Tools and Equipment
You never know what challenges you’ll face in an emergency situation, so it’s important to have the appropriate tools. A multi-tool that includes things like a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, and scissors is a great option to have. Emergency responders suggest that you should also consider including items such as duct tape, rope or twine/, binoculars/, whistle/, and a fire starter kit in your doomsday kit.
It’s important to maintain personal hygiene even during emergency situations. Your doomsday kit should include basic toiletries like toothbrushes/toothpaste/, soap bars or liquid soap/, shampoo/conditioner/hair ties/hairbrushes or combs, deodorant, feminine hygiene products for women, toilet paper/tissues/, wet wipes/ hand sanitizer/.
The key to surviving any doomsday scenario is preparation. The items mentioned above are just some of the basics which everyone should have in their emergency kit. Remember to keep your doomsday kit updated regularly with fresh supplies including food-water replacement expiration dates of medications /or any other health supplies. With proper planning and foresight now- you can be ready for whatever tomorrow brings!