DIY Evacuation Kit – Darren Gaebel

I know how people love third party validation and oh and how we do love our list. But It has Both states I love in the title so it definitely had an up on getting seen by Piratey Eyes. Here is an informational article written by Darren Gaebel. I am supposed to proclaim that it was first posted over at APN, because apparently that means something to them. Seems they have gotten pretty commercial over there but I have not lost faith in their original goal of freely giving the preparedness community useful information free to all who seek it. Actually I retrieved it from Mr. Gaebel’s own blog site where he writes often about disaster’s and disaster relief. So …….. Cheers!

How to make an Evacuation Kit

Louisiana Flooding and Oklahoma / Kansas Wildfires

Lets talk about why you need to know how to make an evacuation kit. Everyone is at risk for emergency evacuations due to some type of disaster. The two main reasons you will need to evacuate your home are due to floods and wildfires. Now, before you dismiss this article or think that you are not at risk just take a few minutes read through this and view the risk area maps below. Evacuation kits are easy to make and relatively affordable. You can even buy complete survival kits already put together for you.

Two weeks ago flood survival was receiving a lot of attention as several of the Southern States experienced massive flooding. Now we are looking at surviving wildfires as over 400,000 thousand acres of land has burned in Oklahoma and Kansas this past week. Crews are still battling the blaze that started almost a week ago.

This is just the beginning of the severe weather season and it is also the rainy season. More floods are sure to come and later in the year when the rain subsides there will be more wildfires. Almost every area in the U.S. is either prone to flooding or flash flooding and the same is true for wildfires. Some areas are definitely at a higher risk than others but no one is 100% safe. You may think you are safe from wildfires and floods but the truth is, even if they don’t effect your home directly, they can still cut you off from the rest of civilization by way of causing damage to or blocking roadways. Wildfires have a reputation for starting homes on fire that are miles away from the actual fire due to burning embers floating through the air and landing on or near the homes.

Flood Risk Map (FEMA)

Presidential disaster declarations related to flooding between 1965 and 2003, shown by county.
Red: four or more flood disaster declarations
Orange: three flood disaster declarations
Yellow: two flood disaster declarations
Green: one flood disaster declaration

Wildfire Risk Map (FEMA)

By reviewing the maps above it is evident that most of the country is at risk of flooding and more than half of the country is a risk for significant wildfires. So whether you are at risk for flooding, wildfires, or both; it would be wise to be prepared and have an emergency evacuation kit ready to go. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making your own kit you can buy survival kits that already include the items you’ll need. Many kits have extra room for you to add additional items like a spare change of clothes, personal hygiene products, and other items to customize the kit to fit your needs.

How to make an Evacuation Kit

Simply find a duffle bag or a large backpack and fill it with items needed for basic survival. Remember, room is limited and you are preparing for “Survival” and not for comfort. The space inside your bag/backpack is extremely valuable – so fill it wisely. Create a customized evacuation kit for each member of the family.

What to include in your Evacuation Kit:
– Backpack or Duffle Bag

– Bottled Water and/or a Water Filtration Kit or Water Purification Tablets
– Long Term Food Items (dehydrated or freeze dried food, granola or cereal bars, peanuts, beef jerky, snack items, etc.)
– Reliable Fire Starting Materials
– Small Camp Stove
– Cooking Vessel to boil water and to cook food in (small lightweight camping pot or stainless steel camping mug)
– Eating Utensils
– First Aid Kit
– Tarp (emergency shelter, rain catch, sun shade, wind block)
– 550 Cord or Rope
– Sharp Knife
– Wood Cutting Tool (Hatchet Axe, Small Machete, or Small Saw for chopping/cutting wood for fire or emergency shelter support.)
– Space Blanket and/or a Space Blanket Sleeping Bag
– Travel sized Personal Hygiene Items (tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, tampons/pads, shaving items, lotion, etc.)
– Trash Bags (for human waste, water/rain catch, moisture barrier, etc.)
– Baby Wipes / Biodegradable Camp Wipes for wipe down showers and for cleaning your self after using the restroom outdoors
– Poncho or Rain Suite
– Sun Screen
– Insect Repellent
– Flashlight (rechargeable-by-hand are good so you don’t have to worry about batteries)
– AM/FM Radio (rechargeable-by-hand so you don’t have to worry about batteries)
– Flares (use for rescue signaling and for starting fires)
– Kem Lights / Glow Sticks
– Cell phone charging pack or solar charger
– Waterproof case for your cell phone
– Extra Cash
– Change of Clothes (Include tennis shoes in the event you have to walk a long distance, include a couple pairs of cotton sport socks to keep your feet clean and dry – don’t use ankle socks. Keeping your feet healthy and dry is a must if you need to walk a long distance for any reason.)

About the Author:  Darren Gaebel is a U.S. Army Veteran and has a decade of experience with natural disasters as a catastrophe claims adjuster. During Darren’s catastrophe experience he has seen the toll it takes on families who are unprepared. For this reason he created this blog to help educate and spread awareness for disaster preparedness. Darren also created UrgentSurvival.com to provide a way for individuals, families, and disaster relief organizations to have access to a stress free solution for getting prepared.  A portion of all proceeds from the website are donated to non-profit disaster relief organizations.

 

 

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