Just about everyone these days is thinking about emergency preparedness these days. They are collecting food, water and supplies for 72 hours or more, depending on the person or family. It isn’t just about these though, you also need to think about survival tools and equipment. Survival tools can include multipurpose knives, and equipment means things like flashlights that are self powered, fuel sources that can be stored for long periods of time, etc. It isn’t just about home preparedness either, but for your vehicle, because it is just as likely that you will get stranded in your car somewhere as a disaster happening.
Here are a few of the many examples of survival tools and equipment that you need to consider when you are preparing for emergency situations. One of the most important thing about a survival tool is that it one tool needs to serve as many functions as possible. Consider the multifunctional Swiss Army knife. We are not talking about any cheap dollar store knock off either. Made from heavy duty lemar, this knife is many different tools in one. In addition to having a utility knife, it includes a can and bottle opener, flat as well as Phillips screwdrivers, corkscrew, fish scaler and hook remover. There is also scissors, a rope and wood saw, as well as a tooth pick and tweezers. These knives are highly versatile, and don’t have to be expensive, just around twenty dollars for a high quality one.
Another example of survival tools and equipment is the Compact Multifunction Shovel. This survival tool can come in handy in a variety of emergency situations. It is extremely lightweight for one. There are three different edges on the blade, shovel, saw, and hatchet. The blade also has a hammer head, wrench as well as a nail puller and bottle opener. The handle is hollow, the cap features a solid liquid filled compass. Inside there is a razor utility blade, a box of waterproof matches, as well as basic fishing gear. This is one of the most perfect models to keep in your home, or pack away in the car. This product sells for just around twelve dollars.
Flashlights and radios are also very important pieces of survival tools and equipment. It isn’t just about keeping these survival tools around, but also choosing the right type. Batteries run down, and even rechargeable ones are of no use if there isn’t a power source to charge them back up. Instead of buying products that use batteries, consider ones that have solar panels built into them, or that have a hand crank to power the unit. Some radios will run for more than two hours after being hand cranked for just a few minutes. Solar panels can charge up a flashlight in a matter of hours, powering it for most of the night, depending on use. Prices vary, depending on the quality and features of the product.
There are many more examples of survival tools and equipment. It is a good idea to choose your survival tools carefully, making sure that they are made from high quality materials and construction. While you may not use them on an every day basis, you want them to work when you do need them. It is also a good idea to check your survival tools at least every six months, just to check and see if they are still in good working condition.