Emergencies happen, and preparing supplies beforehand can make a difference.

Emergencies can trigger fight or flight responses. Most people experience panic attacks during critical times and let important things slip their minds. In terms of emergencies, this means leaving behind things they should be bringing.

Preparing ahead of time can reduce anxiety, fear, and losses that go along with these emergencies. Preparedness can be the difference between survival and loss. An excellent way to do this is by having emergency or survival supplies in your house and keeping them in a container that’s easy to take with you.

The essential part of your supply should be several days’ worth of food and water. People can’t survive without them. Therefore, preparing food that won’t spoil and enough bottled water for you and your family is necessary.

However, other than these, here are other things you need to prepare:

Phone Charger and Battery Bank

Communication is vital for survival. You need to make sure your phone won’t give out for as long as you’re seeking shelter. If you don’t find somewhere with a power supply, you’ll need other alternatives. You can use your car, but that would drain your battery. This is where battery banks come in useful. Make sure to have multiple backups to guarantee a more extended power supply.

Battery-Powered or Hand-Crank Radio

While you’re on the road, vigilance and news awareness are still essential. When cell towers and networks are highly susceptible to interference and mechanical failure during emergencies, battery-powered radios come in very handy. They can be your beacon of hope when you need them the most.


Flashlights are a big help during dire situations. Besides helping you navigate in the dark, they also offer signaling options. You can survey your camp at night to protect yourself from animals using flashlights. With these flashlights, you should also pack extra batteries to use once the previous ones run out.


Apart from flashlights, whistles can also help you signal for help if you’re stranded and in need of search and rescue to hear you.

First-Aid Kit

Emergencies can affect your body’s condition during and after the event. If the situation calls for it, you may even need to care for an injured family member. First-aid kits can help you deal with minor or severe injuries. Your kit may contain plasters, gauze dressings, disposable gloves, bandages, and medications – pills, creams, sprays – that specially cater to your family’s needs.


Knives have more functions than chopping food in the kitchen. A survival knife can save your life if used properly. Specifically, a serrated knife can help cut through thick rope and hard surfaces. Additionally, it can also be a primary defense weapon. For it to be used, serrated knives have to be kept sharp all the time. Hence, it’s also beneficial to bring a serrated knife sharpener with you.

Copy of Your Emergency Plan

If anyone from your family gets separated, they must know what to do in any given situation. A copy of your emergency plan outlines what they need to do should an emergency happen. This can also include a local map with specific points identified as your family’s meeting places. So, even if you get separated, your family would know where to go and meet you again.

Absolutely nobody knows when emergencies happen. Therefore it’s critical that these supplies are ready at home or stored in your car. Once you have these prepared, be sure to monitor and replace perishable items closely. Most importantly, remember that the one thing you should never leave when an emergency arises is your presence of mind.

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