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Monday, February 8, 2010

A Survival List I Found Years Ago....


* MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat)'s - enough to last 30 days(This is good to have on hand)
* 3 months of food in the pantry
- Canned veggies (Use water in the can as supplemental drinking water)
- Corn, potatoes, peas, canned
- Canned fruit - pears
- Canned tuna
- Beans, canned
- Beef stew, canned
- Chicken, canned white meat
- Chili, canned
- Milk, canned
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Crackers
- Dried beans, rice, pasta
- Warm drinks
- Pudding, canned
- Juices
- Cereals
- Nuts, raisins, candy, soups
- Dried fruit
- Extras - catsup, honey, jam/jelly, salt/pepper
- Date the cans and rotate stock

* Can opener (more than one) (non-electric)
o Also about 6 months worth of freeze dried & nitrogen packed
o High caloric items to keep up your strength
o Add a supply of good single malt scotch to your stash. (This is no joke.)
Aside from the fact that it makes good trading material, and *maybe* an OK
field expedient pain killer or disinfectant (don't take my word on the
latter), it's a great way of calming shot nerves. Keep in mind that even
though it may feel like it warms you, it really does the opposite, which
can be bad in cold weather. Also, don't get so squashed that you can't
respond to aftershocks or emergency situations. Guns and booze don't mix.
o cigarettes or pipe tabacco (if you're a smoker, so don't start now)

* 50 to 60 gallons of water - 1/2 - 1 gallon/day
- Heavy 5 gallon storage containers from Tri-City (about $14 each)
- 30 and 40 gallon storage containers from Rational Behavior
- Hand water filter/pump (They can be purchased at Big 5 and will filter
almost any dirty water into clean). It will also kill bacteria such as
Giardia. It won't take out things unless the molecules are bigger than
2 microns.

* Good solid footwear (with ankle support)
- Combat boots
* Work gloves
* Extra clothing (At least 5 days worth)
- Underwear
- Shirts
- Work pants
- Wool & cotton blend socks
- Goose-down or Dacron II backpacking clothing
* Layered clothing
- Windbreaker outerwear (gortex if possible)
- Wool medium layer - It stays warm even when wet (Don't forget mothballs)
- Cotton or polypropalene inner layer
- Silk is also very good

* Flashlight and batteries (waterproof & explosion proof)
- Don't keep batteries in the flashlight; store in freezer
- Extra bulbs
* Watch or clock - battery or spring wound
* Radio and batteries (don't keep batteries in the radio)
* Toilet paper (20-30 rolls for sanitation as well as for bargaining)
* Toothbrush and toothpaste
* Soap
* Deodorant
* Liquid detergent
* Shampoo
* Household bleach
* Powdered chlorinated lime - add to sewage to deodorize, disinfect, and keep
away insects
* Large, plastic trash bags
* Towels
* Paper towels
* Paper plates, napkins/paper towels, plastic eating utensils, plastic cups
* Blankets
* Sleeping bags
* 4-8 pack of replacement batteries (rotate stock; keep in freezer)
* Knife & razor blades
* Garden hose, for siphoning and firefighting
* Condoms
* Money (at least $100.00 allin small bills & plenty of change)
* Scissors
* Tweezers
* Rubbing alcohol
* Sponges
o Pre-moistened towelettes
o Ground cloth
o Candles
o Matches - dipped in wax and kept in waterproof container
o Newspaper, to wrap garbage and waste in
o Large trash cans
o Coleman lanterns
o Stoves
- Gasoline stoves and 10 gallons of white gas
- Propane stove with an 11 lb propane tank
- Weber and charcoal, lighter or sterno stove
- Big kitchen matches in a water-tight container
o Pots - at least 2
o Chafing dish
o Heavy duty aluminum foil
o 8,000 btu heater that runs on propane
o 12 volt battery backup system
o Medium sized generator to maintain the refrig, provide minimal lighting, and
for power tools
o Tents - Four-man dome tent, or regular 9X9 tent
o Set up for at least a week. That's my minimum time
o Fold up toilet seat. (Sure beats squatting.)

* Fire extihguisher (A-B-C type)
* Shovels, pick, axe, other 'round-the-house tools
* Broom
* Crescent wrench, screw driver, pliers, hammer
* Coil of 1/2" rope
* Coil of bailing wire
* Plastic tape
* Small and large crowbar (18") to help with jammed doors
- Small one in the bedroom
- Large one out in the shed
* Small, high quality, tomahawk or hatchet (useful for opening car roofs, house
doors, and for clearing rubble)
* Knifes
- A big one (like 8-10" fixed blade) to cut, hack, and to a limited amount,
pry, to make emergency shelters, do emergency surgery, kill alien invaders
- A little one (either 4" fixed blade/locking folder, or a large swiss army
knife) to do yet more surgery, as well as more mundane things such as peel
veggies, cut rope, open boxes
- New designs of serrated edges that will cut through anything more quickly
than a straight edged knife
- Paramedic rescue knife (has an edge and a little bolt which enables it to
be opened with one hand)
- Sharpening device
o Trauma shears and pouch (20 times more useful than any knife I've ever had.)
- The knife is very concealable as the pouch appears only to hold the shears
o Leatherman Pocket Multi-Tool
o A cold chisel
o Bolt cutter
o Guns
- .22 long rifle semi-auto handgun is nice for small game hunting,
shooting feral dogs (practice!), and for self-defense (practice!)
- Larger caliber handgun, primarily useful for self-defense only
- "High-powered" rifle, in semi-auto or bolt action
- 12 guage pump action, or semi-auto, shotgun
- ammo, ammo, ammo and more ammo

* Sterile eye wash
* Any long-term medications for family or pets (make sure they are current)
* Large cold packs (disposable) - Kwik-Cold is the best brand I've used.
* 1 space blanket
* Bandages - store in Zip Lock bags
- 2 4-inch wide roller bandages (Bulk non-sterile)
- Not all roller bandages are conforming, or stretch( plain gauze won't
adhere well)
- J&J SOF, and the Kendall Conform are the best, both are sold at Med Choice
- Can pour Betadine on the dressing before applying it (they do this in ER's)
- 2 4-inch wide Kerlix rolls (bulky roller bandages)
- 6 4X4 12 ply gauze dressings
- 1 Blood Stopper (a VERY multi-use telfa compress dressing)
- 1 multi-trauma dressing (10X30 heavy duty dressing)
- Several packages of vasoline gauze (for sealing sucking chest wounds)
- Adaptic dressings (fine mesh dressings for burns and abbrasions)
- 2 triangular bandages
- Bandaids in there somewhere I think, (not real important)
* Betadine
* Hydrogen peroxide
* Hibicleanse anticeptic soap
* Safety pins
* Pad and pen
o Squirt bulbs (for irrigating wounds)
o 1 unit instant glucose
o Air splints or 1 wire splint (just in case I can't find cardboard)
o Large selection of antibiotics and pain killers (check expiration dates)
o Scalpels, suture kits, and other items to perform minor surgery
o Stethoscope
o BP cuff
- Pediatric cuff (sized BP cuff for kids and little old women)
o Latex exam gloves (several pairs, disposable)
o CPR rescue mask (a mask you place on a victim to perform rescue breathing)
o Tape (I hardly ever use tape)
o Steri Strips or butterfly closures
- Large open wounds are only to be covered with a sterile dressing and left
to heal/close by themselves. This way, drainage takes place as the dress-
ing is replaced daily.
o Book called "Emergency War Surgery" that outlines the steps to perform
appendectomies, amputations, etc.
o Backpack to carry it all in
o 1 set of 5 oral airways (see explanation below)
- Airways are meant to be used primarily in conjunction with ventilation
equipment, resue masks, bag valve masks etc. If used improperly, or with
the wrong size, a patient's airway could be blocked. This especially can
happen if they're not inserted using the correct technique.
o 1 oxygen euipment tubing (connect my mask to supplimental O2,VERY important)
o Surgical scrub brushes (Med Choice has) packaged in betadine or hebicleanse
o Trauma Shears (actually, I carry those on my belt)
o 'Extractor' venom pump kit
o Book called "Emergency War Surgery" that outlines the steps to perform
appendectomies, amputations, etc.
o Fanny pack to carry it all in

10 4x4 Dressings*
3 Kling gauze rolls*
1 8x10 surgipad
1 roll wet proof adhesive tape
10 band aids assorted sizes
1 scissors
10 antiseptic wipes*
1 sterile water
1 pocket mask*
1 large trauma dressing
1 instant glucose
1 burn sheet
2 kerlix rolls
2 triangle bandages*
1 rescue or space blanket
1 roll hypo allegenic tape
1 tweezers
1 kwick cold
2 eye patches
2 pair sterile latex gloves
2 erg or gatoade packs
1 pen light
pen and paper
1 syrup of ipecac


o Sturdy, decorative footlocker or chest (keep it near the front door or patio)
- Keep it filled with as much of the above-mentioned stuff as you can
- Water and food being the most important considerations
o Rubbermaid Rough-Neck Totes - food in one tote, blankets in another, etc.
o Enclosed utility trailer - ready to go should I have to leave the area
- Compartments for food storage
- One large area for bulkier items such as my generator
- 5 gallon water jugs
- 2 5-gallon gas cans on the front
- 12 VDC battery that can be charged from the vehicle
- Fold down shelf on one side for setting up a propane stove for cooking
- Ham antennas and lights
- 1000 lb capacity - built small chassis available from Sears or auto stores

* Food
* Water
* Flashlight
* First Aid kit
* Clothes
* Money (at least $100. in small bills)
* Whistle or Police-shrieker
* CURRENT pictures of family members (incl pets)
* Documents like house deed, insurance, etc.
o A game or two & books

* Keep gas tank full (refill at 3/4 tank)
* 2 gallons water
* High energy protein bars
- Keep the food out of direct sunlight, so it lasts longer.
* First aid kit
* Fire extinguisher - CO2
* Metalic blankets
* Flashlight/siren/radio combination
* Sun logo emergency kit, in the SunWear catalogue
* Swiss-army knife, or better yet a good folding blade knife with a 3-4" blade
* A big knife
* Maps of the area
* Couple of MRE's (MEALS, ready to eat)
* Small backpack to carry it all in
* 4-5 D-cell Maglite with krypton bulb or 2 AA cells mini-maglite
- Extra bulbs
* Road flares
* Sealable plastic bags
* Critical medication
* Tissues
* Pre-moistened towelettes
* Tools - screwdriver, pliers, wire, knife
* Spare Clothing
- Poncho
- Warm, all weather jacket (A mil-surplus field jacket is great because it's
windproof, has 4 big pockets, a built-in hood, removable insulating liner)
- Long sleeve wool sweater
- Warm pants
- Warm shoes
- Rugged gloves (cheap mil-surplus leather gloves and removeable wool liners
are great. For upscale folks, a set of deerskin black leather gloves with
wool liners from Eddie Bauers.)
- The nice thing about military clothes and stuff is a) it's rugged and b)
it often is inter-designed to work with other components (Ex: the M-65
field jacket has fold out wrist liners to be cinched down by the military
- Knit wool cap
* Money (small bills/change)
* Toilet paper
* Tissues
* Tampons or pads (useful for first aid, also)
* A few large black plastic bags (environmentally incorrect, but very useful)
* Vitamins (at least C since fresh food may be scarce for a while)
* Spare glasses (if you wear them)
* Gas siphon - or short rubber hose
o Tow chains, tire chains (4)
o Tent
o Shovel
o Chemical lights (Cyalume)
o Walkman/batteries

* Don't rely on hot water heater for a source of water
- Check immediately if the water main has broken
- Listen to see if you can hear water leaving the water tank
- Close main off to preserve the water in the HW tank
- Shut-off valve on the tank
* Evaluate home and work-area for their strengths and weaknesses in the event
of an emergency---ie, where are the safest--and not-so-safe--places, know
where the exits are, the location of first aid equipment, best place/s to
store equipment, etc....

* Knowledge of how to use the equiment you own
* Get a good Survival Guide
* Backpacking books
* Firearms training

* Plan how to contact spouses, SOs, children, pets, etc.
o Handheld transmitter (i.e. "walkie talkie")
o CB radio
o Battery operated TV
o Ham radio
o Get involved with a community neighborhood preparedness
- Contact the Red Cross disaster services at 408/292-6242
- Start by inviting your neighbors over some evening. Tell them that you
are concerned about Earthquake Preparedness and would like to discuss how.
Have some brochures or handouts for them.

o Major factor in surviving is trying to return to as close a normal life
- Eating things you would normally eat
- Assigning chores to those who could handle tasks


  1. The only caution I'd like to add is for storing water. That can be dangerous ... or poisonous (depending on what you put into the water for it to store).

    A better solution is a quality water filter. See


  2. Bruce you are right and I forgot to add Stabilized Oxygen to the list. Stabilized Oxygen will let you store water for about five years with zero problems. I have used it before and water that was in a 5 gallon bottle for two years was still good to drink. You can find Stabilized Oxygen at