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  • survival guide...

  • this guide includes the general day-to-day necessities for survival over an extended period...i suggest figuring out how much of each your family will need for a period of at least three months...links for water purification are also included...
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survival guide...

click here for printable version...

100 day supply = min. 250 gallons/person
drinking: minimum 0.5 gallons/person/day
bathing: approx. 2 gallons/person/day
bleach, measuring spoons, 5-gal buckets
water purification instructions...(quoted from epa website)

"Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

1. Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
2. If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
3. If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
4. If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice."


see also...

seeds for two growing seasons and canning supplies
canned foods/juices/soups
other non-perishable items (rice, sugar, etc.)
non-perishable snacks (cookies, cereals, etc.)
powdered milk (requires additional water)
instant coffee, tea (requires additional water)
soda, other bottled drinks

for babies?
formula, powdered milk (requires addl. water)
jarred foods
bottles, nipples, diapers, moist towelettes
medications, ointments, etc.

for pets?
additional water for each pet
moist canned foods (to preserve water)
newspapers, plastic (for floor covering)
leashes, chains, etc.
cat litter

extra prescription medication (esp. heart & diabetes, minimum 3 month supply, ask dr. for storage instructions)
aspirin, non-aspirin pain relief, antacid
allergy medications

first aid kit?
first aid manual
sterile adhesive bandages (asst. sizes)
2? & 3? sterile gauze pads
hypoallergenic adhesive tape
triangular bandages
sterile roller bandages
scissors, tweezers, needles
anti-bacterial soap, antiseptic spray
moist towelettes
hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, iodine
petroleum jelly, ointments
safety pins (various sizes)
latex gloves
eye drops

personal items?
toilet paper, paper towels
shampoo, shaving supplies
personal & feminine hygiene products
birth control
denture needs
contact lenses, extra eyeglasses, magnifiers
hand held mirrors
sun protection, insect repellant
tobacco products (if desired)

clothing, etc?
shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, etc.
shoes, boots (extra pairs)
hats, gloves (work, winter)
jackets, coats
needles, thread
pillows, blankets, sleeping bags

power and communications?
battery-operated radio (and/or tv)
walkie-talkies (and/or two-way radios)
flashlights (one for each person), flares
whistles and/or air horns, and/or sirens
lanterns (with extra fuel)
candles, wooden matches (keep dry)
grill and/or sterno stove
charcoal, lighter fluid, propane
lots of batteries of different sizes
generator (if possible)
gasoline (safely stored)
fire extinguishers

cooking and everyday usage?
foil, paper napkins and plates
plastic cups and plasticware
portable cooler, blue ice packs
non-electric can openers
scissors, knives
funnels (one for water, one for each fuel)
cooking supplies, oven mitts
storage containers (bottles, jugs, buckets)
absorbent towels
cleaning supplies
laundry needs (soap, washboard, tub, etc.)
plastic trash bags, baggies
cardboard boxes
tarps (canvas or 6-mil plastic)
masking and duct tape (several rolls), various types of glue
rope and/or heavy cord (at least 100 feet)
cards and games
wind-up or battery operated clocks

tools, etc?
hammer, nails
screwdrivers, screws
battery-powered drill (extra charged batteries)
shovel, handsaws, axe, crowbar, knives
chainsaw (extra gasoline, oil), earplugs
hydraulic jack

valuables, extra keys
identification, recent photos of family
important papers
phone numbers (emergency, family, dr., etc.)
written instructions for turning off utilities

click here for printable version...