I consider this forum typically to be a group of common sense people so i welcome any comments / suggestions to the plan. For the first step some comments on the goals would be usufull.
I now have a generator that i can plug into the house and run almost anything, but i'm starting to look at food, etc.
To start of with i think i need to determine my goals and the type of emergency i want to be prepared for:
- Extended power outages
- Natural or other disaster forcing me out of my home
- Some level of civil unrest
My family consist of myself, my wife and a 2 year old.
I dont want to spend excessive amount of money and don't really want things to get wasted, so i'm hoping that some of the stuff i need for emergency preparedness will double as camping gear, etc.
My vehicle is a Honda Pilot so it had a good bit of space and can take a roof load. I'm considering getting one of these hitch mounted platforms for extra transport capability. I don't want a trailer since it would limit flexibility. I am going to assume that if i'm forced to leave the house i will be with my car from there on onwards. If not i think planning becomes all a bit too difficult.
If i am forced to leave the house for whatever reason I'm going to operate on the assumption i will not be returning and must build a life elsewhere.
Here is what i have on my list so far, # indicated items I already own:
- Power / Fuel / Utilties category
- # Generator
- # Fuel for generator (takes regular fuel so can double as car fuel) - 4 * 5 gallon tanks - generator is too big to take with me if I have to leave the house. I think i can carry these tanks on the roof of the car if needed when traveling. Can't have them inside due to fumes. If the car fuel tank is full this gives me a range of about 600 miles.
- Portable fuel siphon. If things really get out of control at least i can steal some gas from other cars found along the route
- Crowbar / tools to force gas tank covers open.
- Portable water purification system (in case we need to leave the house). Suggestions? So far i've found www.katadyn.com
- # Refillable containers with potable water. 4 * 1 gallon
- 2 rechargeble (from wall or car charger) Flashlights
- # Camping lantern (chargeble from 12v or 120v volt)
- # 12v > 120V AC inverter for powering 120V devices off the car or other 12v sources.
- # Extension cord
- # Road Atlas for the USA
- # Axe
- Long Saw for downing trees (for fire wood but also to clear clear that may be blocking the roads)
- Strong rope / chain to pull away stuff blocking the road.
- Grate for cooking over campfire
- # Tent
- # Sleeping bags + Quen size Air mattess (fits in the car)
- # Extra blankets
- # Small backpack
- Larger backpack
- # Garden hose. probably usefull to get water from places, wash things if we find a working faucet, etc.
- Health/ cooking category
- # Propane Camping stove
- Extra Propane canisters ( 3 total)
- # Camping pots / pans set
- Re-usable cups and plates
- Resealable containers / ziplocks
- Trash bags
- Handwash laundry detergent
- Purell / handsoap
- Dish soap
- Paper towels (couple of rolls)
- Toilet paper (several rolls)
- 2 weeks worth of food, 2 meals a day, hot meal every other day.
- Canned food with long shelf life that we woudl eat anyway so when the shelf life is up we just eat it and replace instead of throw away.
- Power bars (compact, good shelf life and high energy)
- To be completed
- 4-5 sets of clothing (can wear a few days and then handwash)
- To be completed
- Baby specific stuff
- To be completed
- Tarp to cover a camping area
- Smaller tarp to cover a car roof load + bungee cords/straps to secure a roof load.
- Rope ( to put up tarp, clothesline, etc)
- # Notepad / pens
- Small Weapon + Ammo (with triggerlock) for self defence.
- # General tools
- Waterproof container with imporant paperwork (passports, birth certificates, etc)
- Cash ( keep $1000 cash in small bills )
- Portable harddrive with family pictures, documents, etc.
- # Laptop
If forced out of the house during bad weather conditions I could take these bins from the back of the car and put them in the front seats, lay down the seats and have a sleeping space in the car. If it's not enough space some totes could sit outside of the car. Ideally all can stay in the car to prevent theft.