Are All Emergency Essentials the Same?
Does what I think I need and what you think you need for survival have to be the same?
I guess it all depends on where we live and what we are planning for as far as an emergency survival plan.
Many of the necessary things to plan for are same regardless where we live and they are not that difficult, ESPECIALLY if you are living in a rural area, where firewood and water are more easily accessed.
Here in the NW where I live, we have easy access to many of the necessities of survival such as water, wood for cooking and heat, wildlife for food, and the safety that comes from living away from city life.
What If I Live in The City?
For those living in urban or inner city areas, it may be a bit harder to prepare for an all out emergency plan, however it is still possible to do so with some basic planning.
In fact, David Morris with Urban Survival Plan talks about this very thing. He shares how so many people have an awesome Getaway plan, but so few are prepared to actually survive in their own homes!
What if you never make it out of your home? Or what if there is an elderly person or perhaps a young child that you are responsible for?
Learning how to create a safe place in your own home is HUGELY important!
WOOD and WATER are some of the biggest essentials to survival in my opinion. And here is why….
With a simple wood stove, you can do ALL of the following:
- stay warm
- heat water (for bathing and doing laundry)
- cook food
- boil and sanitize your drinking water
- bake bread and casseroles
- dry meats to preserve them
- canning foods (for preservation)
Water / Creek / Well or Pump
If you are near a creek you can do the following with any running creek water:
- keep your food cold… place food in glass jars and float in creek)
- wash your clothes
- have access to drinking water
Yes, wood and water are a HUGE asset if you have it close by!
It is a GREAT idea to have some sort of alternative energy set up, such as a windmill or solar panels, to generate electricity,as it will help to make all this a little easier, but it is absolutely possible to do without power, if you have the right emergency essentials in place, such as a water source and wood supply for your stove.
Although there are some other basic essentials that we talk about on our basic prepping essentials page , if you don’t have access to a good wood and water source, all the rest will be much harder to plan for.
Probably the best plan … if you are stuck, smack dab, in the middle of a city, is to carry a ready to go bug out bag full of emergency stuff in the trunk of your car at all times.