(TFC) – The Fifth Column spends a lot of time attempting to help people become more self-reliant in times of emergency, it’s a topic we heavily discuss in our Tradecraft series. The above 5-minute video above shows an example of a bare-bones emergency survival kit. For a guide to building a larger, more complete kit, click here.
The video can be used as a guide to create your own mini survival kit. Many of the items in the video and other survival items are available through the Tradecraft collection. Remember though, some of the items in the video have been customized and added to by TFC staff. At a minimum, you will need a firestarter, first aid kit, knife, water purification method, shelter, and ways to obtain food.
The items in the video were sent to our Patreon supporters. If you’re interested in supporting independent media and getting prepared, click here. Not only will you be supporting The Fifth Column, but you’ll also be supporting Greed Media, Pontiac Tribune, and Sleeper Cells.
If you plan on building an emergency preparedness kit of your own, we’ve prepared a little video covering some of the biggest mistakes made when putting a larger kit together.
It’s important to remember the most important thing about survival is not the equipment you have, but a mindset that allows you to see what other items could be in an emergency. To help put you in the proper mindset and learn how to rescue yourself, review the list below:
Zombies are coming: Assuming a lack of military training, the easiest way to put yourself in the right mindset is to picture yourself in a zombie movie. Using this teaching mechanism also allows you to discuss the plan with your family, friends, and children without scaring them. It becomes a game, even fun. If you’ve mentally planned to survive the rise of the undead, you’ll be able to deal with a flood.
A plan: What are you going to do? Where are you going to go? How are you going to get there? You need to develop two plans. One to shelter in place, and one to evacuate. Everyone needs to know what the plan is, what situations would activate it, and how to communicate any changes to the plan.
Paper maps: You need to assume a loss of power and phone service. You won’t be able to use Google or your GPS to find your way. Even if you know the route by heart, what happens when a bridge on your normal route has been washed out? Paper (or even better laminated) maps are a must.
Bug out bag: A prepacked bag full of the essentials you’ll need in the event of an emergency doesn’t take long to put together, doesn’t have to be expensive, and can be tailored to your specific needs. Bug out bag contents vary greatly. Some bags are designed to last for 72-hours, some are built to last 21 days, others have built bags that can last indefinitely. A basic bag needs to provide food, water, fire, and medicine for at least 3 days. Click here for an in-depth explanation of bug out bags, checklists, examples, and guidance.
Documents: Most people lead a life that leaves a paper trail. Many of the documents are essential to restoring your life after a disaster. Birth certificates, IDs, bank records, and so on can be difficult to replace. Having a duplicate set in safe place, such as the location you plan to evacuate to, is a wise move.
If you don’t have the basic skills necessary, The Fifth Column has prepared a list of training manuals covering just about every topic imaginable. From basic survival to dealing with nuclear fallout, you’ll find the information you need here. The best part is that all of the manuals are completely free to read and download.
This link will take you a digital copy of the US Army survival manual, which you can download for free in .PDF format and save it to your phone. This keeps the information you need at your fingertips for as long as your phone is working.
If we’ve learned anything from the recent hurricanes, fires, and other disasters, it’s that you are alone until your fellow citizens can offer assistance. A few minutes of preparation can keep you and your family safe in the most dire of circumstances. The government is not coming.