Important facts to understand about redundancy; Three is Two, Two is One and one is NONE
A normal day in paradise finds us with maybe one or even two key items in our home. When one item breaks, we simply go to the store or order in a replacement online and life is good.
People who have a boat, cottage, camp etc., know that when something breaks, you want or must have a replacement part. If you do not, it may mean disaster or severe hardship.
Using the above 3, 2, 1/none concepts during an emergency, we see that at a minimum, you will at any given time, want more than one of your key items with you. Below are redundant (2 or more) items you will want in your home, car and office. My personal preference is three or more. In addition to my personal wants, I know I will likely need to help others. Important to understand that if there are four of you living together, everyone needs their own equipment and backup. At first, it can sound like a great deal, but if you are down for a week or more, things will break, become misplaced or loaned out.
1. At a minimum, Medicine to last you a week or more. Ideally, it would be wise to have three to six months’ worth.
2. Water and food for three days in your office and car and at least two weeks in your home.
3. Flashlights and batteries. You must have 2 flashlights and spare batteries for each unit. Today’s high power LED lights run bright, but they also burn through batteries fast. The flashlights we recommend have different power settings and that will greatly extend your battery life. We really do not need all that bright light when walking down a hallway at home or going through a drawer to find the candles, so the low energy settings in our lights greatly extend battery life while helping to preserve your eyes night vision.
4. Knives. Even good knives can break if used beyond their intended purpose. You want a solid fixed blade knife like the SOG Seal pup we recommend. A multi tool like the Leatherman we recommend is your minimum back up. In addition to being a backup knife, it has assorted built-in tools and pliers that can be a lifesaver
5. If needed, you need spare eye wear or Contact lenses, cleaning fluids.
6. Cell, Tablet, computer cords, chargers and cables. Without these today, we lose contact with the world.
7. Sources of backup power for your cell, tablet. You want two or more mini power supplies so you can charge your devices. Also, the cable etc. to charge them to home or car power. Consider how you will recharge these as well as your cell etc. when power is off! See our recommended mini solar power kits as well as the emergency radio which has a hand crank for charging of USB cables (also has a solar panel built in).
8. Matches or lighters
9. Sources of fire to cook or boil water with. Camping stores or Amazon have great little setups of camping fuel for this. Don’t forget the stands so you can place your pot or pan on. 3-Pack Magic Flame Canned Cooking Fuel and stand is a good choice
10. Two sources of navigation. Today we often use our phone, you want another like the hiking GPS or compass that we recommend in our lists.
11. Water filters per our lists. When you need it, YOU NEED IT. By the end of day one with no water, your body starts to shut down. You start getting headaches and that will impact your decisions and ability to function or hep others. You need to drink lots of water during an emergency and you may need the means to purify it.
12. Two or more of the space blankets we list in our grab and go bags can be used for multiple purposes. Even in a home when you do not need them as an emergency blanket, you can use to cover up a window and keep sun out or heat in.
13. Again, not needed for the home, but extra socks and underwear are good to have for the car etc. Same for pants, shirts and hat. One gets wet or torn, you have a spare. Spares are real nice to have!
14. Cash or other sources of money and this includes spare credit cards. Store extras in separate locations.
In closing, look at your personal situation and those who you live with and go over all the key items you may depend on. Look at what you need for your home, cottage, boat, car or even your bike! The aim is to never find yourself with only one item and have it fail just when you need it. 3,2,1/none!