Prioritizing, you need at least these four things in your household. They can save your life. These were selected based on my experience, survival training, and reviewing after action reports of people who've experienced natural and man-made disasters.
YOU MUST HAVE
For Less than $50
Trying to prepare for an emergency or disaster
can be overwhelming. Both in terms of time and
I’ve picked the four most critical items you need at
a base level.
I list those and then add in upgrades.
Additionally, there are FREE things you can get
now that are very valuable.
2 cases of water per person= $9
A basic first aid kit= $17
A survival radio= $18
A survival manual= $10
Total cost= $54
What Must You Have Now?
Two Cases of water per person
Why? We can last only three days without water. 2 cases is
enough for a person for a six day supply (8 bottles per day).
It is the #1 priority being brought in after a disaster; have it
on hand beforehand.
WATER— the #1 Priority
Prices vary but should cost roughly $4.50.
Two cases= $9
There are numerous prepared ones you can buy.
Below is a very basic one.
Click on image for link.
First Aid Kit
Power outages often accompany emergencies and
disasters. Cell phone service and cable TV can be
disrupted. Even if you have cell phone coverage, you
might not be able to charge your phone. The device
below includes a cell phone/USB charger and flashlight.
Crank and solar charge.
. Click on image for link.
Do you know what to do in an emergency?
Basic first aid?
How to improvise and get drinkable water?
A manual gives you knowledge and that can save your
Below if a pocket-sized one to keep in your home, your
car, your work— wherever you might need it.
. Click on image for link.
Want to be better prepared?
That is base level preparation.
I have other slideshares that show higher levels, such
as the Grab-N-Go bag. The link is at the end.
Next are some free things you should get, such as
Following those are some upgrades for the medical
supplies that I suggest along with a few other important
items, as you expand your survival budget.
Apps are very useful; some can be life-saving.
Here are free apps for a variety of situations
that can save your life.
Some caveats on relying on Apps:
Your phone needs to be charged.
Your phone could be damaged in an
You need to have your phone with you.
Some Apps require you be able to access a
I have all these apps on my iPhone.
Red Cross First Aid
Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts
expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be
prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple
step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid
• Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
• Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
• Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes,
earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at
anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
• Easy to use Spanish language toggle.
CPR and Choking
Developed as a public service by leading physicians and
educators in emergency care at the University of
Washington and King County EMS, the CPR & Choking
application provides instant information on how to
perform CPR and how to aid a choking victim. These are
short video demonstrations (about 1 minute) and are
compatible with the latest recommendations from the
major international resuscitation organizations including
the American Heart Association and the International
Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android.
GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the
digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people
who matter most. With Life360 you can:
Emergency Alert System for Apple.
Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as 911 in an
emergency situation. Silent Beacon provides you
with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that
you and your loved ones are able to instantly connect.
The emergency alert system for the digital age.
Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android)
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red
Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm
track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others
know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an
area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
**One of the top 6 hurricane tracking apps - CNN**
**Readers’ Pick: Most innovative and useful hurricane app –
**One of 5 apps to get you through a natural disaster – Fox
The Wildfire APP:
There are more apps for emergencies and
disasters on my Free Apps slideshare. Link is at
Flashlight (Apple) (Android)
Earthquake Alert for Android.
Quake feed for Apple.
Some things you should consider upgrading to.
Using my Green Beret Preparation
and Survival Guide you can do an
Area Study and tailor your GnG
bags to your specific situation and
environment. However, to be
prepared, a basic, well-stocked,
pre-made one is a good idea. I
purchased this for my son to have,
just in case as I feel it’s a solid buy
with the right equipment.
Click on image.
A Grab-n-Go Bag
I recommend adding a trauma pack with quick-clot
bandages to your first aid kit along with a splint, an
Israeli combat bandage, chest seal, medical scissors—
all in one convenient packet. I can verify the Quik-Clot
works. I can carry Quik Clot bandages on my bike and
in our cars and day pack.
A water filter is a life-saver.
Even the water from our tap can be
The survival straw is great to have in your home,
car, and grab-n-go bag
The one in the middle is a pump filter.
The one on the right works with gravity.
I use it while camping and boon docking.
Click on images for links.
While you can go for a while without food, it doesn’t hurt to
have some emergency ration bars on hand. They last a long
time and are compact.
I have a variety of emergency ration bars (click on each for
ER Bar $8.44
Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations $13.95
DaTrex 3600 $21.45
I always have the one on the left on my belt along with
a single battery flashlight. It gets used every day.
I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my
Jeep and it gets used a lot.
Power will be out. ATMs won’t work
Store computer systems will have crashed.
It will be a cash environment for a while.
Enough for: plane, bus ticket to evac site; cost of hotel
room for at least 3 nights; cost of 3 tanks full of gas;
food for family for two weeks; misc. expenses.
Just preparing to the base level puts you ahead of 60%
of American households.
Links on the next slide can give you more information.
More Free Information
I constantly update free, downloadable
slideshows like this on my web site for
preparation and survival and other topics.
I also have YouTube Survival videos. HERE
Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for
those interested in properly preparing for
their specific circumstances.
The guide on the left is the complete preparation and
survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size
manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab-
n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer.
New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West
Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books
published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets,
Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million
books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world.
He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the
west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains
and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial
He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years
at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains
Green Berets and also runs the SERE school:
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.