The List of Many Lists
By: Tom Chatham
Many individuals have published lists of the many things you may need or want during an emergency. The following are a few different lists you may want to ponder while making your plans for self sufficiency or disaster.
Emergency food supply providing about 2,600 calories per day
Item Ounces per day
Whole kernel hard wheat 16
Non-fat milk powder 2
Vegetable oil 1
Salt (iodized) 1/3
Multi vitamin pills 1 per day
Emergency food supply for a baby
Item Ounces per day
Instant non-fat dry milk 2 ¾ 1 cup + 2 Table spoons
Vegetable cooking oil 1 3 Table spoons
Sugar 0.7 2 Table spoons
Standard daily multi vitamin 1/3 pill
Disaster planning and emergency considerations
Know warnings and communication systems
Shelter – short term and long term
Ventilation, heating and cooling of shelter
Protection against fires and carbon monoxide
Specialized equipment – NBC, medical, tools, communications, weapons etc.
Shelter sanitation and preventive medicine
Clothing, improvised clothing and protective items
Survival seed supply –
In a situation when you need to bug out and can only take what you can physically carry, you want to take a seed supply that will give you the most food for the space. A supply of seeds that will feed you year round and will fit in your pocket is ideal.
Cotton seeds – (clothing production) for permanent relocation
Soapwort seeds – (soap production) for permanent relocation
Sprouting potato – if room and weight permit
Subjects of study
Medical – first aid, CPR, wound management, medicinal herbs
Hand made tools for farming
Butchering and preserving wild game
Homemade filters – for water or air
Building structures using locally available materials
Tanning hides and making cloth
Making charcoal and coke from wood
Making cast iron from iron ore bearing rocks
Making green sand molds
Root cellar storage and dehydrating foods
Fire starting methods
Furniture making and joinery methods
Land navigation and time telling methods
Long term bail-out-bag –
For required long term relocation on foot a dual purpose weapon such as an AR15 with .22LR adapter will allow more ammo capacity.
Ziplock bags – various sizes
Small hatchet and/or folding saw
Magnesium fire starter w/flint
Salt, 2 lbs
Pencil and small notebook
Cook set – SS or aluminum
Weapon and acc.
Hand crank LED light/radio
Para cord 100’
Medical supplies – iodine, triple antibiotic ointment, gauze, razor, tweezers, aspirin, bandaids, tape
Bed sheets – multi use item for clothing, filtering, bandages etc.
Anyone that determines a bug out plan may be necessary must also acknowledge that there is the remote possibility you may be forced at some point to relocate on foot with only the items you can carry. A civil breakdown, natural disaster or war could force a permanent relocation to a safe area. In the event this happens you should at least have a list of items you have already designated to carry to enable a fast exit from the area. While many may not see the need there are situations when staying where you are will result in death. If you decide not to develop a walk out plan because you feel you are physically unable to do so, you should reconsider and develop a plan that will work for your situation when the time comes. Time is a critical element when evacuation is necessary and any delay can be deadly. If you had to start over again with only the things you could carry, what would they be? Now is the time to figure that out.