In a previous post, I talked about the basics for starting food storage, namely having enough food and water on hard to last two weeks and three months, respectively.

Now I'll go over some of the emergency equipment that I think is essential during a prolonged disaster.

Essential Equipment

Among the most essential equipment to have during an emergency is a camp stove and fuel. During a disaster it is possible that your electricity and/or natural gas supply could be compromised. If that happens, how are you going to cook your food? Or boil water? Unless you live in a place that has a ready supply of firewood, you could be left out in the cold.

After doing some research, I've decided that the best equipment for myself is a Coleman dual fuel camp stove. It is small enough that it can be put into the car, should I need to evacuate. It also has great flexibility in that it can use regular unleaded gasoline to power the burners. Compared to a propane burning camp stove, I figure that unleaded gasoline will be easier to get than propane during a disaster. In addition to the stove, storing 3 months worth of fuel, and at least two weeks worth, would be a really good idea.

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Another absolute essential is a flash light, or other light source. This is something you should have around, even if you aren't worried about a disaster. I like this hand cranked LED model. You use the hand crank to charge up the batteries, and if the batteries are completely dead, you can power the LEDs directly from the hand crank. Nice! It's important to choose a light source that doesn't require batteries, that's one more thing to worry about storing, and another thing to worry about acquiring during a long disaster

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The next essential item to have during an emergency is a hand cranked grain mill. In order to use your stored grains, you'll need to be able to make your own flour, and without electricity, it better be hand powered. This is probably the most low-tech thing I've ever gotten, but I think it will be absolutelynecessary during a prolonged disaster.

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Summary

There are a few essential tools to have around during an emergency:

  • Backup stove & fuel
  • Flashlight that doesn't rely on batteries
  • Hand powered grain mill