Surviving The Storm: Home Survival Part 3
In this final episode of the Home Survival series of Surviving the Storm on A Fistful of Truth, George Pittman concludes the essential home survival kit needs and recommendations for the storms that may lie ahead of us.
As the ultimate key to survival is preparation, I urge you to tune in to the first two parts of this series. Please also be sure to reference the corresponding articles here on this blog (just search for “Home Survival” on the blog to pull up all relevant documents and episodes).
Additionally, you will find a complete PDF referenced in this podcast, prepared for you by George personally.
Stay tuned next week when George and I embark upon Mobile Survival on Surviving The Storm.
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George’s Home Survival Guide
George Pittman’s Surviving The Storm (in PDF format):
Home Survival Guide
(in blog format for your convenience and easy reference)
Disclaimer: I do not have any sponsors. I make recommendations based on personal experience, but try to provide options rather than endorsing only 1 product or business. My training is a culmination of military & civilian experience over 55 years. My preferences are based on actual use, but opinions vary. I’m just trying to help, but it’s incumbent upon you to do your own research, review safety information & choose wisely.
Introduction: Ideally, your home or residence should be the primary place where you (and your immediate family) can shelter in a survival situation. At a minimum, you should be able to shelter in place at your residence for 2 weeks, but I recommend planning for 1 month or more. The amount of room you have available to store certain things will vary, so your focus may vary depending on urban versus a rural setting, local laws, and other conditions.
When circumstances force you to leave your home, you’ll have to choose what you take with you. That will be discussed in a separate segment.
This is intended for people who may not have much experience. If you are a prepper or have your own garden/greenhouse, are well versed in edible plants, hunting, fishing, raise animals (chickens, rabbits, cattle, goats, etc.), active in aquaponics, or simply can your own food, you may not benefit as much from the information. However, there may be a few things anyone could find helpful. Choose what is best for you and your circumstances.
Conditions Affecting Survival:
- Environment. Depending on the country, region, state or city you live in/near & the climate, you will need to be prepared for the types of problems you could encounter. Also consider the terrain and indigenous wildlife. Focus on the most common risks for your area.
- Emergencies. Extreme weather (storms), natural disasters (earthquake, wildfire, hurricane, tornado, volcanic eruptions, landslide/avalanche, tsunami, etc.), & man-made disasters (terrorism, nuclear, biological, chemical).
- Socio-Political. Blue versus Red state, level of crime, civil unrest, tyrannical government actions, etc. Basically, is it more friendly or hostile?
- Duration. Short, moderate or long term. It might be as simple as a temporary power outage or something that lasts much longer.
- Survivor(s) Condition. The physical or health condition (injuries, illness, medical conditions), psychological (state of mind), material (what items/materials are immediately available to you), & legal/moral obligations (babies/young children, extended family, neighbors, etc.). Conditions can worsen or improve based on the duration, so it’s important to continually assess these as time goes on.
Much of survival is common sense, but many don’t take the time to plan for things that would drastically alter their way of life. During the ‘Plandemic’, many people experienced hardships that they were unprepared for. Simply asking yourself questions and/or considering how you would deal with certain situations can be helpful. For example, knowing what you know now, what items did you need during the initial lockdown? If a different type of emergency happened, what would you need that is not on hand? What would you need during a prolonged power outage, if there was no safe drinking water, or you can’t get to any stores in your vehicle, etc.? If you want to learn more about general or specific survival skills, take the time to do your own research. Some of the skills might need to be practiced. You don’t have to be a prepper or an expert to get through a difficult situation. Being prepared will only make things easier.
Basic Survival Checklist: These items are included in most emergency preparation checklists. Following the list, more detailed tips will be provided.
- Water. Plan for 1 gallon per person, per day of safe drinking water.
- Food. Non-perishable (canned goods, MREs, survival foods, etc.). 1 month supply.
- Flashlight/light source.
- Emergency Radio.
- Power Source(s).
- Family First Aid Kit.
- Medications & Medical Supplies. Prescription and OTC (over the counter).
- Multi-Purpose Tool.
- Sanitation & Personal Hygiene.
- Personal Documents.
- Emergency Contact Info.
- Emergency Blanket(s).
- Water. Bottled water that is distilled or purified will last the longest, as long as it remains unopened and stored properly. You can store water in clean, used plastic containers, but tap water may need to be treated or be filtered if stored for very long, prior to drinking. Most in home filters use charcoal or similar to remove most contaminants, so these can be used if you have running water, etc. If you collect water from rain, a stream, river or lake, it should be treated, boiled or filtered before use. I don’t recommend in home filters for this unless you have nothing else. Dirty water can be slowly poured through some type of cloth to remove visible particles & debris, but it still needs to be boiled, filtered or treated in order to remove/kill dangerous bacteria & parasites. Most in home filters are not designed to do this, and may not last long in a survival situation. Boiling clear water for 10 minutes kills most bacteria. There are several different options for purchasing filters. I like the Sawyer brand, because they have different options, they’re relatively inexpensive & can filter several thousand gallons of water. Katadyn, Lifestraw, etc. all make good products. You should read the descriptions, reviews & understand how each one works. Decide which one(s) you like the best. You can purchase iodine tablets, but the most cost-effective means of treating water is by using plain, liquid chlorine bleach (unscented). Add 1 drop of bleach per quart/liter of water and wait 30 minutes before drinking. Chlorine bleach kills all bacteria, including giardia. 1 gallon would require 4 drops and so on. If an eye dropper or similar is not available, you can carefully pour bleach into an empty, clean bottle of nasal spray. This will allow you to dispense drops. I have used bleach to treat water even when traveling to a foreign country to prevent traveler’s diarrhea. Caution: Bleach can burn your skin and damage clothing, etc. Use nitrile or similar gloves if possible & follow safety recommendations provided on the container of bleach. Make sure you clearly mark the container so nobody accidentally sprays bleach up their nose. I keep mine in a sealed Ziploc bag as well.
- Food. Purchase whatever you and your family like to eat. Even if you run out of bread, peanut butter and a spoon is better than nothing. Some canned goods, like certain meats don’t even need to be cooked (tuna, chicken, sardines, etc.). Whatever you have, check the shelf life to be safe. MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) can be expensive, but 2 per day will be sufficient for most active adults. They tend to have shorter shelf life than other survival food, but are convenient for travel. The survival food I purchased has a 25 year shelf life. There are many options and companies to choose from. I purchased a 6 month supply, but for 2 people it would be a 3 month supply. Choose what you like & can afford. Doing some research will give you ideas of survival foods that you can purchase from most any grocery store, so there are many options.
- Flashlight(s). I have several with different levels of brightness, etc. LED bulbs use less power, so should last longer in most cases. A 2-3 cell Mag-Lite (it holds 2-3 x D cell batteries) can also be used for self-defense. Head lamps are convenient when you need both hands. A lantern or candles can illuminate a room, but do not use citronella oil in an oil lamp indoors. Citronella oil can be toxic when burned indoors without proper ventilation. Be careful with any open flame. Using the flashlight on your cellphone reduces the battery life, so unless you have an alternate means of charging your phone during a power outage, I recommend minimizing the use of your phone until you really need it.
- Emergency Radio. Battery powered, hand crank, solar with NOAA weather access. These are helpful when there’s no electricity, Internet or cell service. Ham (amateur) radios can also be helpful, but a license is required in the US to transmit. Some 2 way radios also provide access to NOAA weather. The have models that can be used to charge your phone, etc. using the hand crank, etc.
- Power Source(s). Extra batteries, rechargeable batteries (with charger), generator, battery bank, power inverter for a vehicle, solar power, etc. Don’t forget the special or uncommon types of batteries you might need for electronic devices such as hearing aids, optics for firearms, etc. Be very careful using gas or diesel generators, including the storage of fuel. Adequate ventilation is required in addition to the risk of working with flammable liquids. Understand what appliances your generator can power and for approximately how long. Whole house generators are nice to have, but may not be affordable for some. They still need adequate fuel, so understand how to use whatever you have properly & safely. Small battery banks can be used to charge your cell phone, etc. Some include the means of charging with solar power, a hand crank, etc. If using any type of wet cell batteries (like vehicle batteries) to store power, understand the dangers associated with fumes. Do not store inside your home without adequate ventilation. If your vehicle runs & has adequate fuel, you can charge certain items. Different vehicles have different means of charging, (e.g.: cigarette lighter port, USB port, power inverter with outlet, direct battery connection). A power inverter can be purchased that connects to whatever your vehicle offers. Your vehicle owner’s manual will provide additional information if you need it. Also consider how you will heat/cook without electricity or natural gas. Be sure to have adequate ventilation or cook outside to be safe. Do not use charcoal grills to heat your home. The fumes from charcoal and other fuels are toxic. Be safe whether you are using a wood burning stove/fireplace, propane heater(s), camping stove(s), rocket stoves, Sterno, fuel tablets, etc. Read & understand the safety information.
- Family First Aid Kit. Get a very good kit or make your own. Tailor your kit for you & your family based of your specific health/medical needs. Check it every 6 months or so to replace expired or damaged items. A vehicle first aid kit should be checked monthly, because the contents can be damaged by extreme temperatures. I used a large plastic case intended for organizing fishing lures & accessories. It has a clear top for storing smaller, commonly needed items. It also opens to hold medic scissors (penny cutters), surgical scissors & instruments, plastic organizers, & several medical supplies. A good first aid manual is also a helpful reference. Some things to consider adding to your first aid kit: antiseptics (isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, etc.), antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, cotton swabs, gauze pads, medical tape (adhesive & non-stick), adhesive bandages (band-aids) of various sizes, nitrile gloves or similar, oral thermometer, tweezers, snake bite kit, burn gel, Quick-Clot products to stop bleeding, tourniquet, pressure bandage, Ace bandages/wraps, splint material, sutures (for stitching wounds), chap stick, eye drops/eyewash, aspirin, etc. It’s a good idea for you and your family to attend basic or advanced first aid training, or at least watch videos\read how to material.
- Medications & Medical Supplies. Prescription and OTC (over the counter). Include commonly needed medicine for pain, stomach issues, cold/flu, allergies, etc. based on age(s) and medical conditions of your family members. Don’t forget other things like eyeglasses/contacts, hearing aids, applicable medical devices (nebulizer, oxygen, etc.) and medical supplies (catheters, syringes, etc.).
- Multi-purpose tool. A good quality multi-purpose tool (Leatherman, Gerber, Victornox, etc.) can be very helpful and minimizes the need for bulky tools. These can include pliers, wire cutters, file, knife, saw, scissors, screwdriver(s), can opener, bottle opener, etc.
- Sanitation & Personal Hygiene. Heavy duty trash bags can be very helpful in addition to their intended purpose. They can be used with duct tape to temporarily repair broken windows, to keep out wind, dust, cold air, etc. You can keep your clothes or other items dry, and even use one as an emergency rain coat/poncho by cutting holes for your head and arms. Keep in mind that you may not be able to flush your toilet in some situations. You can still line the inside of your toilet with a garbage bag or similar. A 5 gallon bucket can be used, preferably with trash bag liners. I have toilet seat that’s made for a 5 gallon bucket. A chemical toilet is another option. If nothing else, you can dig a hole or trench outside where you can set up an improvised outhouse for disposing of human waste. Toilet paper, paper towels, bidet or water sprayer, etc., can be used as needed. Trash may be burned and some may be used for compost. It’s not safe to use human waste as compost/fertilizer for a food garden.
- Personal Documents. In case you have to deal with law enforcement/military or need to leave your residence, it’s good to have your list of medications, medical information, proof of address (deed/lease), ID & passport, birth certificate, insurance policy, etc.
- Emergency Contact Info. In case you can’t access the information on your phone/computer. Write it down or print it out & place with your personal documents.
- Cash. If you can get to a store or neighbor’s house, you can purchase or trade for what you need. Precious metals, jewelry or anything of value (like ammunition) can also be used for trading/barter.
- Emergency Blanket(s). Wool blankets, regular blankets and/or sleeping bags. Save the thin emergency blankets that look like aluminum foil (most are Mylar) for your vehicle or backpack if possible. Wool is popular, because it will keep you warm even when it’s wet. Know what temperatures your sleeping bag(s) are rated for, because not all fart sacks are created equal. Check the details and sizes prior to purchase.
- Miscellaneous. Anything not specifically listed, but helpful for health welfare & morale, such as playing cards, games, books (Bible), matches/lighter, duct tape, tools & material to repair damage to residence (broken window, etc.), 2-way radios, manual can opener, instant coffee, liquid bleach, etc.
- Firearm(s). For self-defense and/or hunting. Handgun, shotgun & rifle (calibers of your choice) with sufficient amount of ammunition. Hopefully you live in an area where you can own firearms. If not, make the best of whatever means are available to you, this could include air rifles, archery, primitive weapons, a good guard dog, etc. The simplest firearm to use is a single shot or breakover shotgun. A longer barrel provides for a greater range, but the shotgun is considered to be a close-range firearm. The most common shells are available in .410, .20 & .12 gauge. .410 & .20 gauge are easier to fire for youth and many women, due to less recoil. 12 gauge is the most common, but some types of shells (bird shot, slugs & buckshot) are still difficult to find and expensive to purchase. The variety of shells can make the shotgun a very versatile firearm for home defense & hunting. Handguns are mostly close-range weapons & require training for better accuracy. Smaller calibers such as .22 & .22 magnum are easier to fire due to less recoil. One can choose from a single action or double action revolver, or semi-automatic handgun that holds a magazine of ammunition. .357 is a popular caliber for a revolver. .38 caliber ammunition can also be fired out of a .357 revolver. 9mm is a popular round for semi-automatic handguns & more available that some other calibers of ammunition. If you haven’t already chosen a firearm for yourself, I suggest getting help from a friend or person you trust and practice at an indoor or outdoor range with the caliber and weapon you are thinking about purchasing. Many indoor ranges offer the ability to fire many of the weapons they offer prior to purchase. I strongly recommend this for someone with little to no experience. Pick whatever suits you and your preferences. I also suggest you make sure that the caliber of ammunition you need is available prior to purchasing. Practice as much as possible until you are confident in your abilities with your firearms. Rifles are longer range firearms. The quality, rifling in the barrel, length of the barrel, caliber & sights/optics determine the range and accuracy, in addition to the skill of the shooter. A .22 or .22 magnum is fine for hunting small game, but not ideal for large game or self-defense. 5.56 mm or .223 is good for self-defense, but not ideal for hunting large game. 7.62 mm or .308 is a good caliber for both self defense and hunting large game. There are numerous options and preferences, but also shortages of certain types of ammunition. I recommend choosing the rifle you plan to use, considering the types of ammunition that are available and affordable for you. With all firearms, make sure that you are trained, follow safety rules for use, and properly secure them from children or intruders. If you reload your own ammunition, it can help prevent you from running out.
In the next segment, we will discuss narrowing down the list of items, so you can survive from your vehicle or while traveling on foot. Feel free to modify this document specifically for you, so you can list the specific items you want in your home survival kit. God bless & best wishes.
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