Emergency Supplies 

In this post I want to go over the essential items you need to have on your "Get Ready" list. Then I'll discuss the importance of managing dehydration and how it's done.

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Preparation for the home:

  • First Aid Kit
    • Drinking water for at least a minimum of three to seven days
    • Canned foods
  • Nuts and Fruits
  • protein and fruit bars
    • Portable Radio
    • Batteries
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Flashlights
    • Candles
    • Can Opener
    • Sleeping Bags/Blankets
    • Whistles
    • Matches

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All of these items can be contained within a duffel bag or any kind of container that can keep items cool. Storing these items should be in an area where it is easily attained and can be removed just as easily. A clean trash can with rollers is a very inexpensive and handy way to carry these items as well as heavy duty plastic bags that are air tight!

Items to consider keeping available At Work:

• Drinking water for at least a minimum of three to seven days
• Canned foods
• Portable Radio
• Batteries
• Fire Extinguisher
• Flashlights
• Candles
• Can Opener
• Sleeping Bags/Blankets
• Whistles
• Matches

In Your Car:

  • Jumper Cables
    • Pre-packaged foods like nuts, fruit or energy bars
    • Flashlight
    • Warm Blankets/Sleeping Bags, coats and sweaters
    • Walking Shoes
    • Gloves, Hats, Change of clothes
    • Water
    • Emergency Radio
    • Emergency Flares

Now lets talk about managing you water retention and how crucial it is to watch your dehydration level


Here are some common signs of dehydration:

  1. Inexplicable light-headedness
  2. Dry mouth and throat
  3. Raspy or hoarse speech
  4. Fatigue
  5. Prolonged stress
  6. Drying of the eyes which may then lead to irritation and blurry vision
  7. Infrequent urination
  8. Low urine output
  9. Reduced stamina
  10. Reduced physical strength and speed
  11. Muscular weakness
  12. Constipation

You can lose several gallons of water over the course of a hot humid day especially if you’re on the move. Finding ways to conserve your body hydration is crucial in these situations.

 A simply way to determine if you’re dehydrated is to check the color of your urine.  If the color is dark yellow then you most certainly are dehydrated and bringing your body’s moisture level up is critical.

Also, if you haven’t urinated for a period of 10 to 12 straight hours it’s probably due to dehydration as well because your body is desperately conserving its moisture.

Here are some tips on conserving water:


Manage Your Water Consumption

Let your body optimize its current water by limiting how much you drink. Your body’s water stores will run down if you drink too frequently since the result is more urine produced (which will be expelled anyway).


Do Not Consume Caffeine or Alcohol

These liquids are known dehydrates.

Avoid Overexerting Yourself

Manage your physical activity as much as possible as this will raise you temperature which in turn elevates your sweat production. The body then proceeds to lose more water.

Manage Your Body Temperature

Do all that you can to keep your skin as cool as possible. This includes staying out of the sun as much as you can and bathing in any clean water available like a lake, pond, river, or even salt water.

Eat Mostly Carbohydrates – You can do this by limiting your protein and fat intake as these macronutrients require more water to digest and break down.

Carbohydrates are a source of glucose and they do not require a lot of moisture to break down.

Manage How You Breath

Try to breath mostly through your nostrils as doing it through your mouth causes you to lose water with every exhale you take.




How long it will take to get medical attention to homes or places of employment, is an unknown and studies have shown that it can take up to a minimum of three days or longer before any kind of help can arrive. Therefore survival preparedness is essential to be set in place for any environment whether it is in the comfort’s one’s own home, workplace or vehicle.

Stay Strong: J D Keys-Founder of SurvivalCompanion.com

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