Even as you start building an underground bunker, you should get started with putting together your own emergency survival kit. What should an emergency survival kit consist of? It should have items that help to deal with the aftermath of a likely disaster for a relatively short period of time, of a few days or weeks.
There’s no list of items to be included in the survival kit that works for everyone. We all have our own preferences. However, I suggest looking through the Survival Kits and Survival Products sold by Guardian Survival Gear as they have the best collections of survival kits and products for every emergency or survival situation. I think you will find the Guardian Elite Survival Kit, Emergency Food Preparation Kit and Earthquake Emergency Kit to your liking.
Now, let’s look at some of the basics of putting together an emergency survival kit in your underground bunker.
Water – You need at least one gallon of water per person per day for three days at least, for drinking, cooking and most important, for sanitation. You will need more water for toilet flushing.
Food – You need at least a 3-week supply of non-perishable food. Do have a look at the Long Term Food Storage products sold by Guardian Survival Gear, and let me know if there are any that you like.
Battery-Powered Radio – You really need a radio to stay in touch with other survivors and to stay up to date with the latest information and news.
NOAA Weather Radio – You will need to buy a weather radio with extra batteries, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of hurricanes and storms.
Flashlights – Okay, you definitely need LED flashlights that come with extra batteries. You may like the Blue 3 LED Squeeze Flashlight from Guardian Survival Gear that is cheap but very bright. It is energy efficient too.
First Aid Kit – You must have adequate first aid kit. Did you check your first aid supplies yet? Make sure you have enough for the whole family, including for your pet, if you have one.
Whistle – Whistles are basic survival gear, you will always need them to call for help when in need. For example, you will need a whistle if you happen to be buried in rubble because of an earthquake. Always keep it within reach.
Large Garbage Bags – You will need large, heavy duty garbage bags for sanitation. They can accommodate a lot more things than a simple trash bag. You will certainly find them useful in case there’s a hurricane or a tornado and you’ve been out of power for many days.
Wrench or Pliers – You will need tools such as a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities in case of an emergency.
Can Opener – A manual can opener can be very useful indeed. You can use one to open canned food.
Battery Charger – You will want a portable standalone battery charger for your mobile. It is possible that the cell phone tower is still working after the disaster, so you will probably still get a signal on your mobile.
Portable Cooking Stove – You can certainly do with a portable cooking stove that allows you to cook without electricity. A camp stove would be enough for this purpose.
Finally, it is important to have prepared an underground bunker beforehand. You will find everything you need to know about building your own underground bunker in John Hartman’s Family Bunker Plans. Hartman is ex-US military, a survivalist and a construction specialist, and is well versed in the use and construction of underground bunkers.