- Food: store at least a 5-7 day supply of non-perishables. And do not forget Manual Can Opener
- Basic first aid supplies: include non-prescription drugs;
- Sanitation items:toilet paper, soap, disinfectant, etc.
- Clothing: sturdy shoes, hats, gloves, mittens coats wet weather gear etc.
- Bedding: blankets, sleeping bags, etc.
- Tools; Hatchet folding saw, folding shovel etc.
- Pet emergency kit; food, water, leash, toys, etc.
- Emergency supplies; crank radio, water proof strike any where matches, butane lighters (Note may not work well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit) etc.
- 2 way radios for each person in your group/family. Include at least one extra battery set per radio
So where did I stand on this list?About 35% Yup Big Bad Prepper and Survival instructor hit a .325 on disaster prep. And I am embarrassed to write this. But the way we learn is from our mistakes. If they do not kill you.
- GOOD flashlight for each member. Also include a headlight for each member
- Rocket Stove or its equivalent.
- Sterno can
- Boy Scout or Army Mess kit per person.
- Compass and paper maps of your location and evacuation areas
- This is not on the list. But personal weapons. For the most part Alaskans are good people and will do what they can to help each other. The Evacuation of Kodiak shows that. But If the evacuation order comes in the spring summer or fall, Alaska has a lot of animals that find people tasty and it is up to you to protect yourself and family.
- This not a complete list. Use it as a guideline! .
- Don’t keep everything in one place.
- Learn your area and evacuation routes IMMEDIATELY.
- Build your kit either as soon as you move in. Or ideally BRING IT WITH YOU!
- Have your radios programmed for your new area. I actually had this one. But I didn’t have the NOAA frequencies programmed in to them
- Local Frequencies for Ham radios and FRS/GMRS radios. On that note get your radios out and PRACTICE WITH THEM. Learn the REAL ranges of your radios. Get your frequencies right and written down. Know the other frequencies that preppers may be using. This site is a good starting point. I have used it in the past. Nothing in your area. START IT Prepper Survivalist and Milita 3-3-3 radio There are dozens more items that can be listed. But use this as a starting point ant build up on it So now we got our kit. Where do we go?
This news letter is not to share my knowledge. Its to show what I did wrong. No matter how good we think we are, there is always more to learn. More to practice and more to train on. And there is stuff that needs to be forgotten. Being prepared is not all about how much stuff you have. Or how well you know how to use it. Or even how well you teach it. Its being able to stop, take a step back and look at yourself and honestly say, “Chuck” (Or what ever you name is ! ) you blew it. You did not do ABC right, your half assed D E and F. But got L M and N down pat. So look at your preps. PRACTICE your skills. DRIVE or WALK your routes. And hope like hell you get another practice run before the real thing happens.
Well that is a hard one. In most places in the lower 48 the land can’t support a lot of people. Here in AK the land CAN support you but will also do its damnedest to kill you. Me. If I was in Talkeetna or Willow, Trapper Creek most places out side of Anchorage I would probably show up at the designated site. Anchorage. Hard one. But weather dependent head out into the Chugaiks and then work north or south. The main reason is not the “tough” people or the homeless. Its the metro sexual monster beard and flannel wearing vegen taco eating man things. There is a BOAT load in Anchorage. And like any human when they get hungry or cold or their kids are hungry and cold they will find their manhood and will try to take from the old slightly over weight gray headed guy trying to stay out of sight and out of mind. And to be bluntly honest I do not want to have shoot some poor SOB in front of his kids because he thought my preps were to be shared with him and his.