Over the past several weeks I have received many emails from people that have just “woke up” and discovered prepping. Many of these folks are moms and dads and just concerned about what the future holds and want to prepare in some way for their family. Most of my contacts stress they are on a budget and are starting from scratch.
One idea that some of them have started with is putting together a Survival Cabinet.
A survival cabinet is merely a method which to organize supplies and take inventory. Typically the basics are stored with each shelf holding a category or two of supplies. Depending upon the size of the cabinet – a 72 hour “kit” can be assembled and put back quite easily.
Here are some examples of stuff to put in a survival cabinet:
– Food & Water: Canned items such as soups, beef stew, beans, fruit, vegetables, etc. that are easy to prepare are good choices. Military MREs are another good choice to throw in the mix. Additional food items like energy bars and hard candy are good additions. A few gallons of spring water can be stored on one of the shelves or possibly on top of the cabinet. A simple water filtration system is a good choice as well.
– Fuel & Light: Several flashlights and extra batteries are the basics to help illuminate when the power is out. Oil lamps, candles and matches are also good basics to have on hand. Fuel for camp stoves and oil lanterns should be stored here as well.
– First Aid & Medical Supplies: A good first aid kit as well as some compression bandages should be incorporated. I also like to keep spare bottles of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol as well as a few boxes of band aides and misc bandages.
– Communications: Basics would include an AM/FM radio with extra batteries of course. Next up would be a pair of FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies – useful if cell phone service is down and someone takes a short trip up the road to check out the situation or visit a neighbor.
– General Supplies: There are numerous supplies to keep on hand that fall into this category. Here are a few suggestions
- can opener
- eating utensils
- tarps/plastic sheeting
- duct tape/Gorilla tape
– Defensive Preparations: Not usually included with typical 72 hour kits – defensive equipment and supplies can be stored in a survival cabinet. Firearm ammunition, magazines and other supplies can be kept and a one-stop location can be accessed. Notice I did not say anything about firearms themselves. Firearms and ammunition should be stored separately.
Putting together a survival cabinet is a good step to take when getting started in prepping.