By: Space Rogue - Hacker News Network
"These are the times that try men's souls." - Those words are as applicable today as they where over two hundred years ago, when they where first penned by Thomas Paine. In today's world of corrupt national and local governments, terrorist attacks, growing civil unrest and tyrannical corporations usurping freedoms and personal liberties, it is more important than ever that the individual be prepared for when the inevitable occurs.
In light of the impending Year 2000 (Y2K) crisis, many people seem to be jumping off the deep end. There have been numerous reports of people hoarding food, stockpiling munitions, fixing up old bomb shelters, creating electronic free zones and communities and just general wackyness. Personally, I think the millennium will come and go with a whimper. Financial markets will not collapse, governments will not degenerate into mobs, riots will not break out, society will not come falling down. There will be minor inconveniences as the corner gas pumps stop working, the occasional ATM locks up, or taxi meters undercharge people. This will not signal the end of the world as we know it.
I think the Boy Scouts said it best: "Be Prepared". That is what this essay will attempt to do, help you be prepared for what may occur. It will list what should be kept ready on hand in case a major emergency arises and you feel that you will be safe outside your home. This "kit" can also be extremely useful in the event of a natural disaster such as fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake or other such calamity. It will contain all the basic elements needed should you decide to "Head for the Hills". It will allow you to survive for a short period against the elements without creature comforts. The only issue that gives this list a time limit as to the length of survivability is the amount of food that can be carried. This will be discussed later.
Once the pieces for this kit have been assembled, it needs to be stored in a readily accessible place. The trunk of a car, a closet or a basement are good suggestions. A location that it is relatively secure where the kit can be easily retrieved when and if it becomes necessary.
While assembling these items, keep in mind that they will all need to fit inside or attach to the outside of the first item, the rucksack. Also, keep in mind that this rucksack will then be placed on your back for you to carry. Try to keep items small and lightweight.
The items on this list come from personal experience from many years of military operations. While the items in this kit are geared for individual survival they may, have other applications as well. They are listed in no particular order.
A U.S. Army issue Alice Pack with frame and pads is an excellent choice. It is well designed, inexpensive, durable and has plenty of pockets. These should be available at better Army/Navy stores everywhere for about $100 US. Be sure to get the large Alice Pack and not the smaller Ranger Pack - trust me, you will need the extra space. If you get a used one, be sure to check every snap, buckle, belt and other doodad and make sure they are all functional prior to purchase. There is nothing like needing a piece of equipment only to find that it fell out of your ruck four miles back down the trail because a fastener broke.
Four Quarts of Water
Water purification tablets
Personal Hygiene kit
Baby wipes or pre-moistened toilettes
One shirt and pair of pants