What to Expect in an Urban Survival Backpack
What’s in Your Urban Survival Backpack?
What sort of urban survival gear do you keep in your Urban Survival Backpack? Did you consider each item based on your survival readiness plan, or did you just collect them because they are the things that most people gather? Keep in mind for a survival kit to be effective, it should contain the basic supplies and tools that will be useful in the situations you often find yourself, in according to your personal lifestyle.
During a major disaster while in an urban environment, the state of affairs in the streets can get critical by the minute. Resources tend to dwindle at a fast rate, thus, causing agitation in those who were caught unprepared. At worst, this could even lead to chaos and disorder, in which more emergency calls will jam communication lines and the network spaces. If you’re living in the city and by yourself, not being able to communicate with your family will only make your solitary situation even more stressful.
If you’re home with your family and in a rural community when a major disaster occurs, the circumstances will be a lot different. The disaster could leave you totally isolated from the outside world, as fallen electrical posts, uprooted trees and boulders block the roads. The situation can be less difficult and more manageable for you, if you have family around and by being in your own element.
It’s quite important that all gear and items in your urban survival backpack give you security, especially during a critical situation while in the city. Have enough supplies to keep you sustained for at least 3 days or even more is extremely important. Your survival gear will ease the difficulty of your situation during the long hours of solitude.
Consider the following additional information when gathering basic supplies and gears for your urban survival:
Water for Drinking and Sanitation
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days. This is both for drinking and sanitation purposes. However, you can’t rely sure the water supply will be back in a matter of three days, since most urban water systems are badly in need of repair to begin with. Nearly all of water systems were built more than 50 years ago and require rehabilitation and/or modernization in order to be more robust and efficient.
Store enough tap water for your flushing and cleaning-up before an emergency situation takes place. You should also consider stocking up on paper plates and other disposable utensils as well as garbage bags for disposal. In the event that a major disaster occurs, conserve your three gallons of emergency water by using pre-moistened paper towels or baby wipes for sanitation purposes. This way, your emergency water will be reserved mostly for drinking and cooking purposes.
Take precautionary measures when using and drinking your tap water supply in case your emergency water supply is depleted. It would be wise to make use of a water filtration bottle or purification tablets before drinking tap water. Bear in mind that the rundown conditions of urban water systems have made the distribution processes susceptible to cross-contamination, especially during a major weather disturbance.
Food Preparation and Storage
Storing food supplies in your urban dwelling may seem quite easy, since the market for survival supplies has a wide array of emergency food provisions known as “meals, ready to eat” or MREs. These are actually takeoffs of military food rations, since companies authorized to manufacture the official military items are prohibited from selling any form of military supplies to the general public. As the demand for MREs increased independent sellers and manufacturers have joined the bandwagon, and are now putting together military style ready-to-eat preparations; but not necessarily in the same formulation and standards.
Be more discerning and discriminating when in the process of buying these types of food supplies, since you might be think of choosing economically-priced offers over privately labeled MREs that tend to be more expensive. Being resourceful by considering crating your own food preferences plan, because MREs are sold in bulk, and with very little descriptions about their variety. Your objective here is to alleviate your discomfort in times of critical situations, and this includes eating well even in a dire situation.
Your first consideration is to stock up on items that you will, and can eat during the moment for which you’re preparing. This means, don’t just buy and store them; instead, try them out first. That way, you’ll be eating emergency food supplies that will keep you in a good disposition despite your situation. In a prolonged situation, lack of proper sustenance can actually trigger a state of depression over the void and anxiety created by unpleasant conditions.
Make sure that your provisions will provide you with the right nutrients. One important detail, which you should not overlook, is your normal daily caloric intake in relation to your lifestyle or habits. If you’re the type of person who prefers moving around and doing something productive, make it a point to maintain your appropriate daily dose of calorie intake; this will give you the amount of energy or body fuel that you normally require.
The estimated calorie intake of an average male should not go below 1500 calories per day, while the average female may require at least 1200 calories per day. This will all depend on your body weight, height, age, gender and the activities engaged in as well as your state of health. The standard caloric content of a military MRE is at 1250 calories per meal; so if you’re planning to stock up on this type of food supply, make proper estimations of the quantity you’ll need to keep you adequately sustained for at least 3 days or 72 hours.
Communication and Information Tools
One of the concerns you’ll be constantly worried about during your solitary ordeal is the thought of your cell phone and electronics running out of battery power. This is especially important, if you’re in the process of trying to get in touch with your family, or getting information updates using your mobile phone’s multimedia applications. This is something you can prepare for by opting for a hand-crank power generator specially designed to power up a wide range of electronic devices.
Hand-crank power generators can produce as much as 10 watts for a 120-volt electronic device, such as a cell phone, flashlight, rechargeable light, hand-held gaming device, tablet, GPS navigating device, digital video camera, digital camera battery, electronic reading device, mp3 player and other similar electronics. An urban survival backpack should contain basic tools and equipment that can:
- Keep you in communication
- Provide you information
- Aid you in your navigation
- Give you some form of diversion to pass away time
Adding the hand-powered generator to your must-haves list will allow you to have unlimited use of these electronic devices.
You can count on this type of power generator in any kind of weather condition and at any time of the day. However, using a hand-cranking requires a lot of energy. You will need to make sure your model is compatible to the electronic devices you have, as well as test its efficiency before counting on it for your urban survival gear.
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