What Is An Emergency Kit?

On paper, an emergency kit is a self-contained bag that contains all of the supplies necessary to survive. In reality, it is one of your last lines of defense against the spread of disease, hunger, cold, thirst and fear.

The basic explanation of an emergency kit can be good enough for people to start preparing. However, in our experience, when an emergency occurs near their home, people welcome preparation. It could be as simple as a power outage or as extreme as a tornado. The fact is, you realize you are unprepared and it scares you.

To help you answer the question “What is emergency equipment?” We set up two scenarios with a similar impact event. Scenario one shows a typical family’s response to an emergency. Scenario two shows us what a family can do when preparing for disaster.

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What is emergency equipment?

Scenario One – Unprepared Family

You hear a loud noise, then the power goes out. It is dark. You can’t find the flashlight. When you do this, you realize that batteries are needed. Now you can’t find the extra batteries.

They open the refrigerator door to get food, only to find the food has gone off. The tap water has stopped working and your children are crying because they are hungry. You need to know what’s going on, so turn on your phone only to find that it isn’t working.

All networks are down. You don’t have a radio because who has a radio these days? It’s getting dark and the heat stops working. It’s cold so you wrap your family in the blankets you can find. You start to smell something strange in the air.

Scenario Two – Prepared FamilySurvival grab bag gear or items displayed on a wooden table emergency kit

You hear a loud noise, then the power goes out. It’s dark so you get your emergency kit out of the closet. They take out the emergency candle and light it with matches.

It brightens up the whole room. You take out your emergency flashlight and give it to your child. You ask him to look for the deck of cards in the emergency kit so you can set up a Go Fish game.

In the meantime, take out the emergency radio and wait for updates. They learned that a terrorist attack has taken place and that toxic gas is spreading rapidly across the city. The police have ordered everyone to seek refuge on the spot.

You bring your family to a room without a window and seal all cracks in the doors with adhesive tape, without frightening your children or losing the train at the “Go-Fish”. Your children complain of being hungry.

Here’s how to take freeze-dried emergency food out of your emergency kit and offer your family a delicious gourmet meal. All it took was water from your emergency water bags. You do a quick inventory of your supplies and find that you have enough food and water to feed yourself for three days.

With an emergency kit, your family can better handle many types of emergency scenarios, from power outages to spoiled food to heat generation. An emergency kit will help you when you need it most.

At Practical Emergency Kits, we’re neither survivors nor pointless supporters of the government. We believe in family, land and human life. An essential part of this belief is preparation. Practical Emergency Kits was founded on the principle of providing family emergency kits and practical knowledge based on scientific research. We believe knowledge is the best way to overcome fear.

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Macallister Anderson

I am by no means an expert in every aspect of this stuff. I plan to learn, and when possible, enlist the help of experts in various fields to come together and offer their knowledge. In a few years, I dream that this site will be a virtual survival encyclopedia and allow a total novice to come on here and be supplied with everything they need to prepare for anything.

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