An emergency kit can often mean the difference between life and death when in an emergency situation. The sole purpose of an emergency kit is to keep someone alive while getting to safety or while waiting for rescue. Although there are many different ways to assemble an emergency kit, there are several basics that should start the core of any kit. These basic items form the foundation for shelter, food/water, and fire. Along with the many combinations of items in a kit comes the consideration of weight and mobility. A heavy and bulky emergency kit may not be ideal for someone hiking or on the move, but might be ideal for someone in a vehicle or in a stationary position. Some examples of styles of kits could be:
- light emergency kit for on the move
- bulky vehicular emergency kit
- bulky home kit
- small kit for children or those with little space
Throughout the next few months, we will go into detail about what kind of kit is best for the hazards or emergencies different areas face. A good thing to remember is that an emergency kit in California might not be useful for an emergency in Maine. Meaning that different areas require different gear and knowledge in order to survive.