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How To Use and Make the right Survival Kit

How To Use a Survival Kit

Emergency and Disaster Survival Kit Guide

This "How To" section was created to help you in deciding the next steps when preparing your Survival Kit.

How to make your Survival Kit ready for use;
When your Survival Kit arrives from, it is packed for best content protection during shipping. We want to make sure your emergency supplies survive the transport from our warehouse to your home. This means that the contents of your Emergency and Disaster Survival Kit might need to be repacked by you and in the order that best suits your needs.

How to pack your 72 hour survival kit:
1) place heavy emergency supplies at the bottom and lighter items at the top
2) place supplies you are most likely to use immediately into the side pockets or keep at the top inside your kit, such as flashlights, first aid kits, disposable gloves, tissues
3) insert the batteries into the flashlights to ensure they are ready when needed. During an emergency you will not have the time to search for the batteries in total darkness or be able to insert them into the flashlight!
4) unpack emergency supplies in advance to ensure you have access to them and do not have to struggle with opening bags, blister packs etc. Keep instructions with your supplies even after unpacking!
5) complete the kit by adding personal emergency items to it as needed, such as medication, important documentation, contacts list and more. Follow the checklist that comes with our 72 hour survival kit to help you prepare further.
6) place your emergency kit and all other survival supplies in a location that is easily accessible to you even during a disaster. Try to avoid storing your supplies in extreme heat or cold or moist locations.

How to make use of your Survival Shelter:
Our Deluxe 72 hour Survival Kits and DeluxeXL 72 hour Survival Kits come with an emergency shelter commonly referred to as a Tube Tent.
Our tube tent is made from bright orange color and consists of a large waterproof plastic sheet that is sealed into a sleeve and a long rope.
This simple design makes for easy use of the Tube Tent as shelter by feeding the rope through the plastic sleeve, then tying it between two trees, a tree and a fencepost, a post or tree and the door handle of your car or similar.
Then spread the bottom of the sleeve apart and you have a tent that can hold your personal belongings and provide shelter for two adults lying down.

How to make even more use of your Survival Shelter:
But your Tube Tent Survival Shelter has even more uses:
1) When outside and lost in the wild, use as emergency beacon by spreading the orange sheet on the ground, held in place by rocks. The bright orange color can be seen from rescue helicopters and planes.
2) When walking through the wild, cut strips off the orange plastic sheet and hang on shrubs for use as markers to point search teams in the direction you are heading.
3) During house structure problems (collapse or partial collapse) use the tube tent sleeve in your yard to place personal items inside, then tie both ends 'like a sausage' to protect contents from rain and the elements.
4) Use the Tube Tent plastic sheet to cover a broken window.
5) Use the Tube Tent plastic sheet as a tarp to protect furniture during a roof leak.
6) Use the orange Tube Tent plastic sheet to create a marked triage area in a larger scale emergency or disaster situation.

How to make use of your Emergency Water:
All of our 72-hour-rated Emergency and Disaster Survival Kits come with Emergency Drinking Water that is ready to use. The water has been purified and packaged under strict guidelines to meet US Coast Guard requirements and regulations. The emergency drinking water is therefore approved for a shelf life of 5 years from the date of manufacturing and each package is marked accordingly. The Emergency Drinking Water that is included in our kits is considered the requirement of water consumption (drinking) to sustain a person for three days. Follow the use and consumption recommendations as outlined on the water packages and in the documentation that comes with your Survival Kit.
Keep in mind that you will need to store additional water supplies for non drinking purposes or in preparation of special medical requirements and needs.

How to make use of your Emergency Food:
All of our 72-hour-rated Emergency and Disaster Survival Kits come with a 3-day Emergency Food supply providing a total of 2400 calories. Our Emergency Food bars have been manufactured to meet strict US Coast Guard requirements and regulations. Our Emergency Food bars do not contain any meat products or meat byproducts whatsoever. These 2400 calorie food bars contain essential vitamins and minerals and do not provoke thirst. Each emergency food bar comes vacuum sealed and contains 12 separately packaged food rations. The shelf life for unopened food bars is 5 years from the date of manufacturing. Follow the use and consumption recommendations as outlined on the food bar and in the documentation that comes with your Survival Kit.
Ensure that you have emergency food supplies in addition to this 3 day emergency food bar available.

How to make the right Flashlight selection:
Having light is essential for your safety during an Emergency or Disaster Situation at night. Almost 98% of private residences and 65% of offices and warehouses are not equipped with battery powered Emergency Lighting and a flashlight might be the only light source available to you during a basic power outage or power outage following a major disaster.
In other words, you will need light right there and then and that is why we include basic flashlights with batteries in our 72-hour-rated Survival Kits instead of crank type lights or shake lights.
In fact, we feel that crank lights and shake lights endanger your life because they are not ready when you need them! Most crank lights and shake lights need 30 to 60 seconds of 'charging' before they produce any light.
Will you have 30 to 60 seconds of time to charge a light during an earthquake or as a tornado or hurricane comes your way?
And please forget wasting your money on expensive solar lights! None of the solar lights we tested were able to charge their built-in batteries while being stored indoors. Unless you can store your solar light outside in bright sunlight at all times, it will most likely not work.
Don't fall for the gadget hype! Just because people and companies offer an item as a 'useful emergency item' does not mean it really is a useful item to the majority of us.

How to use your Glow Light Sticks:
Caution, glow light sticks are ONE-TIME use only. Once activated you can not 'turn them off' again.
1) remove glow stick from wrapper
2) bend glow stick to activate
3) shake back and forth to activate the liquids inside
4) also read the instructions on the wrapper

How to make the right Emergency Supply selection:
While there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to including any type of item with your Emergency Supplies, the questions to ask are:
1) Is this item essential in short term or long term or is it just a 'convenience' item to have?
2) Will I be able to use the item safety or could the use of this item endanger me and others during a disaster situation?
3) Will I be able to move then item along with all of my other supplies in the event of an evacuation?
4) Is the item easy to use under extreme conditions and will it perform as needed?

And here are some examples to explain how similar items might or might not perform:
Safety Tools:
useful: hand held hacksaw - can be used under any conditions, in any weather and is lightweight to carry
not useful: electric sawzall (sabre-saw) - needs electrical power, is large and heavy to carry, needs experienced operator
Safety Markers:
useful: crayons - can be used to write rescue information on most surfaces, will write in cold, hot, wet and dry weather, will not dry up
not useful: ink based permanent markers - will not write on grease or dust, will dry up over time or freeze in sub-zero temperatures
Primary Light Source:
useful: basic flashlight with batteries - will work when needed, only one easy to use switch to turn on and off
not useful: combination units with light, siren, radio, phone charger, solar panels - There are too many buttons to use (remember, it might be dark when you need to use this item!), internal batteries empty (solar panels don't charge when stored in a closet or bag!), phone charger unit might come with wrong plug (every cell phone uses a different plug!)

How to select the right storage location for your Survival Kit:
While there is no best location to store your Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Supplies, there are some locations that are better suitable than others.
Locations that should be avoided are:
a) moist and damp locations such as certain basements:
for example; if your basement relies on sump pumps to stay dry, it might get flooded during a power outage, ruining your supplies
b) locations that can not be accessed during an emergency situation:
for example; garages are the weakest structures during earthquakes, especially the front section with the large door opening. Do not store your supplies in your garage unless you have a second access door in the back or side and then only store your supplies in the rear section of your garage and as far away as possible from the front door, but as close as possible to the second access side door.
c) a closet or room upstairs or otherwise at the furthest end from the front door:
remember; you might have to evacuate at a moment's notice and having to carry all supplies through your entire house to get to the exit might require several trips and take up valuable time.
Locations that are better suited to store your Emergency Supplies are:
a) an easily accessible closet close to the exit you are most likely to use.
b) a cabinet close to the exit you are most likely to use (make sure cabinet is properly tied to the wall so it will not tip over and block your path)
c) any location that you pass by 'on he way out' of your house, home, office or warehouse to ensure you don't have to run deeper into a structure to retrieve the emergency supplies you need.