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#268048 25-Feb-2020 14:06
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Thinking that its time to create an emergency survival kit as well as buying and storing some extra food and water (prob 3 - 7 days worth). Just wondering what other people actually have in their kits. I've seen plenty of different options online e.g. https://getthru.govt.nz/ and others but not sure what is really necessary and what value for money you get in different kits. Thoughts?





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  #2426934 25-Feb-2020 14:10
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Yeah, we should probably sort something out...





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  #2426941 25-Feb-2020 14:29
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I have lots of canned food, first aid kits, water + purifying tablets for 1000l, backpacks, masks, helmets etc, light sticks, tarpaulins and repair / shelter stuff.

 

Camping Cutlery, pots, cooking stuff, can opener and just about everything else apart from the kitchen sink in 3 food grade wheelie bins outside.

 

Generator in tuffbox in garage, hooded bbq etc, and about 2500l rain water. 

 

Too much to list!

 

(And I had it before the Christchurch earthquakes, and yes changed / checked annually, generator tested regularly) 


 
 
 
 


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  #2426947 25-Feb-2020 14:35
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I have lots of non perishable canned or powdered foods, plus some candles, a can opener, and a lighter in a big plastic box, which normally lives in the garage. I have quite a variety of canned goods between things like tuna, peas, potatoes, and baked beans to soups and pastas and instant noodles etc. plus a s***load of instant coffee and caffeinated Panadol. My wife scoffed at it and said that we didn't need anything like that much but I said that in the event of three days sleeping on the grass without power the last thing you want is to be eating 99 cans of cold baked beans with a blinding headache from lack of caffeine.

 

I have not bothered to include water bottles as we are on tank water and any disaster severe enough to crack our concrete tanks probably hasn't left large enough chunks of human left to care about it anyway.

 

It's probably about time I cycled all that through the pantry and replaced it. In theory canned goods can last indefinitely but in practice they eventually all turn into soup.





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  #2426948 25-Feb-2020 14:36
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Our Pantry and Fridge are the emergency kit. 

 

 

 

I should really give this more thought 





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  #2426949 25-Feb-2020 14:38
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msukiwi:

 

I have lots of canned food, first aid kits, water + purifying tablets for 1000l, backpacks, masks, helmets etc, light sticks, tarpaulins and repair / shelter stuff.

 

Camping Cutlery, pots, cooking stuff, can opener and just about everything else apart from the kitchen sink in 3 food grade wheelie bins outside.

 

Generator in tuffbox in garage, hooded bbq etc, and about 2500l rain water. 

 

Too much to list!

 

(And I had it before the Christchurch earthquakes, and yes changed / checked annually, generator tested regularly) 

 

 

 

 

Yes we have all that camping gear but we keep it in the garage. We're not in an earthquake zone and it is very strongly built due to high wind zone so it's unlikely to collapse in anything short of a tornado blowing us all to the land of Oz. I like the water purification tablet idea.





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Forgot to add.... a chemical toilet (And chemicals).

 

You can't under estimate a "real" toilet seat in an emergency!

 

The SO can vouch for that!

 

When we weren't allowed to flush, I lined the bowl with a biodegradable plastic bag with disinfectant in it.

 

Regularly replaced, secured and placed into a sealed container.

 

Once we were allowed to use them again, emptied what had been collected into the sewer system.

 

If it was going to be too long I would have buried to contents.

 

I also have the ability to run all grey water onto the lawns.


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  #2426957 25-Feb-2020 14:55
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I have a disused freezer in a separate garage stuffed with everything I could think of at the time: tent (in case our rural house is damaged beyond livability), clothing, non-perishable food of all kinds (tinned, packaged, milk powder, etc.), AM radios, torches, spare batteries, air mattress, matches, candles, lighters, full medical kit, Panadeine, winter sleeping bags, tarps, pots pans and utensils, tools, pretty much everything else that occurred to me. Only one bottle of water for immediate use because we have big tanks fed by rainwater and a spring but lots of purification tablets in case the tanks get earthquaked and we have to source from the stream. 

 

Probably I should modernise. We now have a generator but it is not with the emergency stuff. Also no laptop there. But we depend on a local WISP for connectivity so Internet would probably be out anyway. At least we don't have to worry about tsunamis where we are. Earthguake, fire, alien invasion, pandemic and the asteroid are probably the biggest threats here. Oh, and the walking dead.

 

 





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  #2426962 25-Feb-2020 15:04
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msukiwi:

 

I have lots of canned food, first aid kits, water + purifying tablets for 1000l, backpacks, masks, helmets etc, light sticks, tarpaulins and repair / shelter stuff.

 

Camping Cutlery, pots, cooking stuff, can opener and just about everything else apart from the kitchen sink in 3 food grade wheelie bins outside.

 

Generator in tuffbox in garage, hooded bbq etc, and about 2500l rain water. 

 

Too much to list!

 

(And I had it before the Christchurch earthquakes, and yes changed / checked annually, generator tested regularly) 

 

 

I think my plan involves coming to your house lol! 

 

Great ideas from everyone, given me lots to think about, thanks. Can anyone recommend a specific AM/FM radio to use? I've found various crank / solar / battery powered ones but its hard to know what is actually decent. Don't mind spending some money but don't need to monitor radio signals from Pluto





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  #2426964 25-Feb-2020 15:08
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Our what?


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  #2426965 25-Feb-2020 15:09
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We have two military chests one has dried foods, cans, soups, energy chocolate, vitamins, drink powder and sundry other foods. It also contains an emergency supply of my medication except the ones that require refrigeration and first aid supplies. There is also matches, a small stove, batteries, lights, can opener, knives, forks, spoons plates. The second chest contains some clothing, spare shoes, tooth paste, tissues, toilet rolls for our portable toilet, blankets, rubbish bags, entrenching tool and a few military Hoochie tents for emergency shelter.We have around 50litres of water in containers. The chests are water tight, air tight. They are very strong ABS and lockable.

 

We each also have emergency grab bags with a poncho, torch, whistle, radio, shoes, thermal blanket, water and hat. They also have medical kits.

 

 

 

Edit, I just remembered two little stoves that use Hexamethylenetetramine 





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  #2426970 25-Feb-2020 15:21
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gjm:I think my plan involves coming to your house lol!

 

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  #2426977 25-Feb-2020 15:58
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There are some very organised people on here, I’m stuck between admiration and guilt.
I’m surprised nobody had mentioned cash; I’m told that it became a very useful commodity following the earthquake and I often think that even a short disruption to the eftpos network could make life very difficult.

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  #2426992 25-Feb-2020 16:25
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shk292: ... I’m surprised nobody had mentioned cash ...

 

Ssshh, we might know where you live!


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  #2426993 25-Feb-2020 16:32
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SaltyNZ:

 

It's probably about time I cycled all that through the pantry and replaced it. In theory canned goods can last indefinitely but in practice they eventually all turn into soup.

 

 

Yeeeeah, you might recall a thread recently where that was proven to not be the case at all.. ;)





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  #2426999 25-Feb-2020 16:50
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MSR Guardian water filter pump

 

3 sleeping bags

 

Trangia meths stove

 

Meths

 

Flint & Steel

 

Matches

 

Machete

 

Cutlery and crockery

 

First Aid 

 

Take-down .22 Rifle

 

Magnifying glass

 

Laser flare

 

Dog food

 

Waterproof bivi material

 

Compass

 

Map

 

paracord

 

Leatherman

 

Radio

 

Flashlights

 

Assorted dried and tinned food

 

Multivitamins

 

 

 

probably some other stuff I have forgotten.






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