Well, my friend Shane posed an inter­est­ing ques­tion today about whether or not I am pre­pared for a Hur­ri­cane or Tor­na­do.  He recent­ly had a tor­na­do touch down 600 feet from his home.  More specif­i­cal­ly, he asked, if I have a kit for such an emer­gency, and what I might do if I had five min­utes to get out of my place.  Where would I go and what would I do?

Well, first, fun­da­men­tal­ly, I believe that most SHTF kits are pri­mar­i­ly the same at the core. Cor­rect me if I am wrong. Liv­ing in NJ Tor­na­does and Hur­ri­canes are very rare, even though there have been dev­as­tat­ing storms like those. My core kit has the fol­low­ing:

  • Altoids EDC Kit (con­tents post­ed in anoth­er thread)
  • Wind-up/­so­lar radio
  • Sev­er­al flash­lights
  • Emer­gency blan­kets
  • Fire start­ing tools (Match­es, Lighter, Mag­ne­sium rod, lighter flu­id, fire sticks (home made))
  • Iodine tablets/crystals
  • Mul­ti-tool
  • 25′ of 550 Para­cord
  • Basic first aid kit (not just one I bought at the store, but with many addi­tions of my own)
  • Knife (Swedish Mora)
  • 1 QT Water bot­tle
  • 1 Gal­lon Plas­tic Bag
  • Emer­gency Pon­cho

I think I hit every­thing, but this is the core of many of my emer­gency kits and I build on that from there.

Now if I had less than 5 min­utes to get out, that is a tough one. Because I live in an apart­ment in NJ, that is a great ques­tion.  I have no base­ment I can go to, no safe room that is in my back yard.  Not good.  Now the advan­tage I have is that very rarely is there a Hur­ri­cane or Tor­na­do in the north­east where I live.  But, we do expe­ri­ence the wrath of the trop­i­cal storm, etc.  This could be the long after­math of a large hur­ri­cane.  More to think about, and more fol­low-up on that lat­er…

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