Today’s post will be the first article of a three part series that will help you build your own emergency survival plan. We’ll discuss strategies for short-term survival, long-term survival and how to get started in preparing to execute these plans.
Before we start, one caveat: the most important advice about building your own survival plan is to consider your needs, your abilities and your environment. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Our goal is to simply give everyone options to consider and discuss with your family as you build your own plan.
The Short Term…How Long Can I Survive At Home?
When devising a short-term survival plan, where you live will determine how long you can shelter in place and survive. For example, if you live in a small urban apartment, you won’t be able to store enough food to survive a long time and your shelter may be easily compromised.
FEMA recommends a minimum of three days provisions of food and water at home. We here at My Patriot Supply are skeptical of that number—it seems like the bare minimum. For serious emergencies, we recommend at least a month of food and water. Let’s talk about these two vital survival needs now.
Short-Term Food Storage
So you need to store a month or more of survival food, where do you put it? If you have the space, you’ll want to keep your emergency food separate from your everyday food. You’ll want to keep it in a place that’s easy for you to get to, but hidden from plain sight to deter theft. Finally, survival food lasts longest when stored in a stable, dark, dry and cool environment—like a root cellar.
Even though it’s for short-term survival, your emergency food should have a long shelf life, because it may be many years before you have to depend on it. Our emergency survival food was developed to last up to 25 years, and you don’t need a root cellar to make it last.
In a short-term survival situation, you’ll want enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning—especially if the municipal source is shut off or contaminated. If you’re staying put, you won’t need to drink as much water as you would if you were active, but you still want to secure at least a gallon of water per person per day. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.
Water takes up a lot of space, so if you can secure a source of fresh water, a filtration system is your best bet. In the event of an emergency, you’ll want to filter as much water as you can get from the tap, but a well, stream or lake are great backup options.
Our Alexapure Pro filtration system can filter up to 5,000 gallons on one filter and removes 99.9999% of impurities from any fresh water source. That will more than get you through any short-term crisis. Plus, it requires no electricity to operate, so you can have clean water even if the grid goes down.
- To get through a short-term emergency, you’ll need to have some essential gear on hand. Here is a short list of items for you to consider:
- First Aid Kit
- Battery or crank-powered radio and a NOAA radio
- Manual can opener
- Trash bags, moist towelettes and plastic ties for waste sanitation
- Local maps
- Wrench, pliers or multi-tool
- Means of cooking without utilities
- Fire-starting gear (matches, lighters, ferro rods, etc.)
- Candles or a battery-powered lamp
- Emergency whistle
What would you add to your kit?
This covers the basics of short-term emergency survival: food, water and gear. Next time, we’ll discuss how to survive for a much longer period in the event of catastrophic emergency.
Do you have a short-term survival strategy that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!