There are a dozen, or more, “kits” that we have around because we are so far from “civilization.” In our case, that’s a town of 20,000 and almost a half-hour drive, at that.
As a result, we are more than “preppers” in the conventional sense; we are almost our own little shopping center.
That said, even though you may live in a micro home or a small-footprint apartment – mom’s basement for that matter – there are still a fair number of small “kits” to keep around at all times.
The number of doom and gloom websites on the ‘net is up several thousand-fold since we started preaching the “common sense life” approach back in 1997. The core of our thinking is that Life should be played to complete and that means play for minimal loss potential. The (more glorified) approach is to live for maximum “like” in social; about as dumb an approach as there is. Or, the “Screw everyone, I’m going for it ALL…” which may land you on an apprentice-like TV show, but may not be the wisest thing because the “max gain” lifestyle brings with it higher addiction, divorce, and burn-out rates.
Statistics matter, though. And that’s what a UrbanSurvivor is ready for. What are your real risks? It ain’t that hard to figure.
- Probably the biggest risk is an auto accident.
Some eye-opening statistics: 37-thousand people a year die in US car accidents per year. About 6,500 are injured per day. And in all, total accidents, from fender-benders on up, run in the range of 6 to 6.5-million a year. (Who needs college when you can be an auto-body tech?)
One more: About 17 pedestrians are killed every day by cars.
What, therefore, would be logical to have as a simple kit in your car for the (statistically almost inevitable) accident?
- 4 copies of the state accident report form.
- A notepad and pencils for exchanging driver and insurance information.
- A modest first aid kit.
- Extra pairs of nitryl gloves
- A window smash and seat-belt cutting tool in each front seat door pocket.
- Three road flares.
- An LED flashlight.
The simplest way to prevent accidents? Drive during daylight hours if it’s an option. Never drink a drop if you’re driving anywhere in 12-hours. And don’t jog, especially at night, especially on shoulders of roads.
See how easy a “Car Safe Kit” is?
The Boat Kit
The same kind of logic applies to boat at this time of year. Every vessel operator, even a jet ski driver, needs to understand the main loss-of-life cause on the water: Drowning, of course.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, which tracks such things: From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.”
The basic safe boating it, having lived on a sailboat for as long as I did, has one main item in it: A self-inflating or manual life vest. While you can buy something for half the price, we sailed with both West Marine inflating life vests and the Mustang Survival Corp M.I.T. 100 Auto Activation PFD, Black/Fluorescent Yellow Green.
A lot of jet skiers think this is cowardly and non-macho, but if you whack your head as your ski comes down on top of you with you bust a wake deadly-wrong, the auto-inflated, head supporting vest is your only ticket back to the dinner table.
Same rules on no drinking (which is universally ignored) and a small 2-way marine radio if you’re on medium-sized lakes and up.
Natural Disaster Kit
Speaking of boats, we figured 2-gallons per passenger on our sailboat. So, with two people aboard and 200 gallons of fresh water, what was our endurance? Up to 50 days. Add showers and such niceties, though and more like 20-25 days. (Plus a plan to get water out of the tank since the pumps were electric,…but let’s not talk about cascading failure plans today.)
Point is, no matter where you live, even a modest natural disaster will set you on the path to “victimhood” if you don’t have a lot of fresh water. Without showers, figure 10-gallons per person, which would get you a week’s worth of hydration on a minimalist consumption rate.
Know-it-all’s of the pseudo-survivalist camp are death on things like having 10-meals ready to eat (MRE’s) per person. “Too salty, too this, too that…” But, they are ‘effin whiners in our book.
You can get Western Frontier 2021 and up Inspection Date, 2018 Pack Date, Meals Ready-to-Eat Genuine US Military Surplus . That’s for 12-meals at $85, so round-off to $7-bucks a meal per person. Should be enough nutrition for a week for two but you might be hungry. (Pay attention to Pack Date and Inspection Dates!)
Since you will want more, toss in a 20-pound sack of a good white long grain rice plus some chewable vitamin C’s and that issue if off the table.
Home Emergency Kit (Medical)
Everyone gets sick. We find the following list covers most all of what we run into out here:
- Neosporin or a generic
- BandAids (assorted)
- Tweezers to take out slivers and stingers
- Alcohol (isopropyl and Everclear, depending on what ails you!)
- Old Spice spray men’s deoderant – seems to keep chiggers off in the summer.
- Household ammonia: Can take the sting out of most spider and bug bites.
- An albuterol or epinephrine inhaler if serious allergic reaction.
- EpiPen for the same reason.
- Benadryl or the generic diphenhydramine hydrochloride to Allergy relief, also a hell of a sleeping aid.
- Aspirin and ibuprophen for when life is a pain…
The Paranoid/SHTF Kit
Although the odds of a war breaking out on American soil is unlikely in the next 10 minutes, we hearstily recommend you pop the almost $70-bucks for a Kindle copy of Tactical Medicine Essentials and read it.
Second part of this klit is either a $350 Elite First Aid Stomp Medical Kit or a $150 Officer’s Patrol Tactical Gunshot & Trauma IFAK Kit w/Headrest Mount. Mainly you’re after tools to stop chest air leaks and slow bleeding…
The minimalist kit would be a belt, pocket knife, and $20-bucks worth of QuikClot Advanced Clotting Gauze .
This won’t get you “through everything” but this “basic kit” approach is something you can dial-in, depending on where you think the risks are in your life.
It’s “fun” to be “scared” by the doom porn sites, but we like to stake a more steely-eyed view of the data (almost like an insurance actuary) and ask “ What’s my real risk, here?)
If you own a car, you need a kit. Boat? Kit for that, too. Living in anything taller than a 1 story building or where there is any kind of natural risk? Then water and food just make a lot of sense.
And, even if you don’t plan to go close the Mexico border singlehanded, if you own a gun, that’s something to be taken most seriously along with one supporting statistic:
39,673 people were killed with guns in the US in 2017 according to CDC data.
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