Ladies & gentlemen, I grew up in a family that lived and breathed the Mormon edict to “be prepared!” My three brothers are Eagle Scouts. We had a shelter custom-built in our basement to store a year’s worth of food for seven.
Yet it wasn’t until I went to grad school that one of my favorite professors finally put the fear of god in me. “What are you all planning to eat during the next natural disaster?” she demanded to know as we covered the emergency preparedness segment of her Organizational Management syllabus. “You sure can’t wait until after the disaster happens to get prepared.” Then she told us to all get guns.
Literally since that day, my husband and I have been on our path to emergency preparedness. If you’re interested in making your own kit, your friendly internet librarian in a bananasuit suggests checking out the Center for Disease Control (CDC), FEMA, and the Mormons, all who have great emergency preparedness resources. There’s even an excellent US Army Survival Manual that’s been floating around on Reddit. And my husband’s and my own personalized list is available here. Any way you slice it, your survival kit should cover these seven essential categories: Continue reading