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Ask yourself this about your emergency supplies

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You don’t have to be a prepper or survivalist to have a good stash of supplies. Many of us gather food and water just because we want to be sure we have enough to make it in these uncertain times. Every time I look at my emergency supplies I can’t help but think that there is something I’m missing.

Thinking about the uncertain future and planning for it is a good practice for every prepper and survivalist. Making sure that your supplies are safe and ready to be used should be common sense.

Ask yourself these questions every time you check your gear and emergency supplies: Are my emergency supplies located somewhere I can easily access?

 It doesn’t matter if you have a well-equipped bug-out bag if you can’t reach it in time. The same goes for your supplies and they should always be in reach. You don’t have to put in extra effort to locate and use the items you stored for survival. You should always review the location where your supplies are stored and do a mental check to make sure you’ve have them in a good spot.

Can I get out of the house in time, in the event of an emergency?

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence and you need to make the best use of it. It’s not the time to start and look for your bug-out bag or any other items that you would need in order to travel to safety. You should always store your bug-out bag near an exit from your home, preferably the one you’ll be mostly likely to use in the event of an emergency evacuation. If you keep your survival bags in a corner of your attic you might as well forget about them. You should also do some emergency evacuation drills, to see how everyone reacts and if they know what to do. If you see your family members running around, trying to find what they are missing, it’s time to rethink your exit strategy.

Suggested reading: Disaster strikes – Should I stay or should I go?

Do I have everything each member of my family needs to survive for 72 hours?

Each family member should have his/her own bug out bag with all the items needed to survive for at least 72 hours. You should run down the list of items you need for each. Then go through the list a number of times to make sure each of the items your family member’s needs are listed. It’s best to review this list with the family members because they will be the one carrying the bag. Make sure they are used with using the items in their bags and that they can carry the load.

What am I to do when those 72 hours run out? Do I have any…