Most people who compile these kinds of survival lists are men. As a woman, my list has a few differences. I know the first thing on my mind after a disaster hits will be, “Where is my family? Are they ok?” The second
is, “How do I care for them and myself?” With that in mind, here is my list of survival tips and issues
1. Establish a place to meet and rejoin family members, or to leave notes if phone service is down. A note saying, “I am o.k., gone to Aunt Martha’s,” would be so welcome.
2. A “get away” or “bug out” bag is needed for each family member. These bags need to contain a small first aid kit, bags of hard candy and/or dried jerky, bottled water, water proof matches, lighter, or other means of starting a fire. Also there should be a change of clothes, especially socks and gloves if weather is cold. Add one or two emergency “space blankets.” These are lightweight and could save lives. Then add water purifying tablets and a small flashlight with batteries.. For children, a small toy. For ladies, tampons! For babies, washable diapers, and baby bottles. Maybe a binky!
3.If you will be staying put, water, water, and more water. Bottled water, water filters, water purifying tablets, big plastic barrels of water, or a hand pump connected to a well if you are in the country. If you aren’t, better plan on going there soon.
4. As much food as you can hoard, grow, can or dehydrate. Refrigerators and freezers may not work. Don’t forget baby food and pet food if you have them in your family.
5. Prescription medications for those that need them.
6.First aid supplies. There may well be no “second aid”, or doctors and hospitals may be out of reach.
7. Sanitary supplies. Toilet paper. Sure you could live without it, but wouldn’t you feel better with it? Smell better too! Ladies, lots of tampons and pads. You may not get to the store for a long time. A Diva Cup is an excellent replacement for these. If there is a store. Same goes for soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo. It’s good for your health and morale.
8. Hatchet and or machete for cutting wood to burn or build shelter.
9. Decide what to do with your pets if you must leave home, and how to provide for them if you stay.
10. Light sources if you are staying put. Candles, (be careful with them) lanterns, flashlights and batteries. I think I will look into cheap solar powered lights, meant to be used outdoors, but why wouldn’t they work for inside after the sun goes down?
11. Speaking of solar, a solar or crank powered radio would be great to maybe find out what is happening.
12.Entertainment. Very important if you have children. Card and board games would work well. Books and hobbies for grown ups. Knit some socks and hats! Keeping your mind occupied would be important when you are in shelter, rather than worrying and stressing out!
That’s about it for my woman’s survival list. These things should come first, but I am sure your needs could be different from mine. Good luck, and do your best!
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