Five Ways to Spice Up Your Disaster Preparedness Kit (You do have one, right?)
words & photo :: Feet Banks
To quote celebrated cultural anthropologists Cypress Hill, “When the shit goes doooooown, you better be ready….” So if you haven’t got at least four litres of water and a Red Cross 72-Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit in your home (or decent homemade equivalent), you are literally flirting with disaster.
From floods to super storms to forest fire evacuations and beyond, the climate crisis is not joking around and neither should you when it comes to home preparedness. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have at least a little fun right? Here are 11 items to boost your emergency kit and help add some much needed humour and good times to the end of days.
Tetra-pack of Wine
Nothing like a fine Cab Sauv to wash away those doomsday blues.
Expensive Freeze-Dried Dinner
Available at most hiking stores, this will be gone the first night but what better way to ease into a post-apocalyptic reality than a warm, hearty bag of Mexican rice or Kung Pao Chicken?
Fight boredom while building morale, play strip poker.
Just because the world’s gone to crap doesn’t mean your breath has to. Plus, you can probably MacGuyver-fix your radio transmitter with this.
It’s better than seagull.
Fish are the easiest animals to catch (and are also better than seagull).
The weight-to-usefulness ratio of these little plastic buggers is unparalleled.
Pain relief, distraction and a good way to make friends. Five kilos should do.
Boy Scout Handbook
Because who really remembers all those knots they learned as a kid?
You’ll thank us (for a week or so).
For real though, everything in this post would not be awesome to have in your Emergency preparedness kit, but it only works if you have an Emergency Preparedness kit in the first place. In Canada you can build or buy a kit from the Red Cross, and in America you can get them at Ready America.