questionshave you purchased an emergency preparedness…

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IMHO build it yourself. It will be cheaper and more tailored to your level of survival. Remember, every thing you pack in a BOB has weight and needs to be carried. Knowledge is lighter than air and keeps the bag small. There are a ridiculous amount of videos on YouTube that can get you started. Just realize that what is best for them may not be best for you or your situation.

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I agree with @philosopherott . Building your own allows you to decide whats important and how quality each item is. There are a ton of lists out there to help you but I'd avoid the ones geared toward survivng the apocolypse and try to build something more suited to natural disasters where you might need to evacuate your home. Fewer bullets. More food and water. :-) The Red Cross has a great starter list that will turn up in a simple google search. A good survival guide that matches your geographic location is a must if survival knowledge isn't something your studied up on.

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Thanks! I will definitely look into building my own, that sounds like a much better idea. :)

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We live in Florida, where June-December is hurricane season; our shelter-in-place supplies are somewhat different from evac requirements, but we lean toward "basic" for both. Lots of water bottles that we can fill ahead of need plus additional water purification tablets. Charcoal and an extra tank of propane. Lots of shelf-stable food that we could, if necessary, eat cold [shudder]. Can and bottle openers. Matches, candles, LED lanterns, lots of batteries. Copies of important documents in heavy-duty zipper-seal plastic bags. A list of the valuable/sentimental stuff we'd want if we have to evacuate. Dog food and care items. Lists of the meds we take, along with an extra refill if we can get it.

Build your own kit; it's cheaper and will fit your needs better than a commercial item. Remember you'll need to rotate food and water out regularly; we check ours at the start and end of hurricane season.

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I build my own as well. Then I can pick out what's essential and leave out the junk I don't need.

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We live on the edge of backcountry/civilization surrounded by national forests a few miles from the Canadian border so we are already 'bugged out' as far as we can legally get. Generally whenever I leave the house and am going off the main highway I have survival gear, camera and firearms. I have been lucky enough to have never had to use the survival stuff so far, but have gotten some excellent wildlife shots and have had to put an injured deer down. We keep 'winter boxes' in the cars during snow season, but even in the summer @ high elevations (Northern Rockies) the weather can be dangerous.

I agree with the previous posts - prep your own SHTF bag tailored to your own particular situation. There are tons of resources online regarding necessary items.

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Don't forget cash. POS devices may not function but the potential may be that you can purchase some items...cash and carry is still alive and well in the US.

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I don't think it's cheaper (especially if you factor in your time) but I'd rather build my own bag. For me, It's way more expensive because I tend to buy higher quality stuff including the bag itself.

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It may require a little practice and planning, but I'm looking at a cross-bow and watching the neighbors' UPS delivery to see who has been stocking up on survival rations.

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My sister has been steadily providing everyone in the family with survival gear that I have subsequently supplemented with other materials into a survival kit. I generally followed the CDC website suggestions.

MREs, other dried food (energy bars, jerky, rice, beans, candy) emergency water (some in plastic bottles and some in pouches,) water purification tablets, first aid kit, military canteen, knife, firestarter, hand-crank radio and flashlight, extra emergency flashlight, paracord and real carabiners, swiss army knife, extra clothes, extra socks, blanket, poncho, duct tape (2 rolls) and a small tarp.

The only thing I am missing is a multi-purpose entrenching tool.

It all fits in 2 bags (a backpack and messenger bag). Made to last me about 2 weeks, but I'm able to accommodate 2 for 1 week.

Bottom line, I think it would be better for you to assemble it yourself so you pack what you need and know exactly what you have packed.

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I should also stress that you and those in the house should know how to use it. A fire starter or a top of the line stove is useless if you don't know how to use it. And an emergency situation is not when you want to read the manual for the first time.

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We took a Community Emergency Response Team class a couple of years ago (fun date night activity) and we received backpacks full of gear at the end, which makes a great base for (as mentioned many times): building your own. It was also a good way to learn about the services available in our area. They had different presenters each week. Triangular bandages should be part of your 1st aid kit, you can make them out of pillowcases, sheets, etc. and they're useful for many things from wound care to small animal transportation.

http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

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Don't forget your pets. I work for local government and we did some emergency preparedness training before Y2K, which served us well during the catastrophic flood that happened a couple of years later and the catastrophic freeze a few after that. One of the more interesting things, being a pet-oriented person, was the safety, first-aid and evacuation plans for pets. Especially large or exotic pets, like poisonous reptiles. My favorite suggestion was using a can of spray paint to write your cell number and email address on the side of your horse, so if you are separated you can hopefully be reunited.
http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals
http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2011/12/01/disaster-plan-your-pets

The closest I have come to buying an emergency kit is those travel sanitation kits.