questionsgood urban survival / disaster preparedness kit…

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My recommendation is to go with MREs, everything else isn't going to last as long or be designed for rough use. If you don't know what an MRE is, it is a Meal Ready to Eat used in the military for at least two decades.

here is a link, they have two kinds, I would just get the military as they are cheaper. It is personal preference, so you may want the civilian versions.

http://www.mreinfo.com/

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That is good info, thanks. Still looking for something more along the lines of an all-in-one survival kit, though. I really want something that includes a robust, long-term survival oriented first aid kit. I've heard there are ones out there that include things everything from bandages and splints to field surgery kits.

Also, I'm really sort of just looking for an everything in one big duffel bag solution. So things like emergency sleeping bags, firesteel or waterproof matches, that sort of stuff would also be great.

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You could see if there is a local Zombie Squad chapter in your area and ask them...

http://www.zombiehunters.org/

If you are prepared for a zombie apocalypse, you are prepared for anything!

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They also have a fairly responsive forum, and welcome newcomers:

http://zombiehunters.org/forum/

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@noctis: my parents put theirs together themselves and the reason for that is that annually you need to go through it and remove items that might expire. They live in an earthquake prone area of the country. I am also supposed to maintain one living in a hurricane prone area but given that the grocery store is down the street, I think I will live until the next HUGE decides to head for the Carolinas.

Also I would reccomend a giant rubbermaid tub rather than a duffel bag, as it is durable.

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Some sort of weapon.. preferably a firearm.

Unfortunately, when it comes to survival - might is right. If you have something someone else wants - you can bet they'll try and take it...

Lets put aside all the idealist crap about how we as a species are above that.. we're not. If the (mod edit: profanity) hits the fan - it'll be mob mentality, every man for himself. I'm not some NRA preaching "arm thyself" nut - just being realistic.

For some people who aren't above taking what they need to survive from others... a slew of firearms is their ENTIRE survival kit - they'll just take food, water, and whatever else from those who didn't have enough sense to protect it.

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Luckily, I have the firearm part covered already. Thanks for the info on the zombie survival forum, though. Pretty interesting and useful information there even if the premise seems a little outwardly silly.

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@noctis: Is there some disaster coming up we should know about? Where do you live?

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@mtrlgrl: Sorry for the late reply, but no there is no pending threat about which I am concerned, I've just started doing a lot of thinking lately about how I am completely unprepared if there were any sort of serious, long-term disaster to take place.

I know it may seem odd, but over the last two weeks I've spent around $100 building up my disaster survival kit and it gives me an unexpected sense of comfort. I'm slowly adding long-term survival rations (a mixture of MREs and high calorie bars) until I've built up about two weeks worth. I picked up a tactical backpack from a local Army/Navy surplus and it seems like it's going to work great, especially since I can pick up useful attachments like a bladder for drinking water, etc.

Even if you just hop on Amazon and order one of the basic food/water kits and a decent first aid kit, you can put together some peace of mind for under $50. I'd recommend it to everyone it's been a really fun and rewarding experience for me.

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@noctis: I do agree with you. Many people, especially those who don't live in areas prone to disaster, develop a false sense of security and it is a good idea to prepare. In Massachusetts, a major pipeline broke and they were without drinking water for days. People were frenzied, running into stores, and some were fighting over the water. So yes, it is a good idea to prepare, even if it is just storing some water.

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Well to begin with you are much better off with long term emergency food for lots of reasons but mainly weight and length of storeability. If you want the best in survival kits go to http://www.rockymountainsurvival.com if you want something speacial just email them and they will get you a quote. Either way they are by far the best most well thought out, practical, and thoroughly tested survival kits on the market. As far as the disaster kits they are designed by someone who has lived through 3 major disasters including Mt. Saint Helens you don't get better than that in knowing what should be in a survival kit.