Don`t forget a hunting knife. It`s in the "basic tools."
From a Midwest perspective, the likely problems would include a
building collapse. To that end, a saw, hammer, and medium-length
crowbar would be good, along with one of those inexpensive
block-and-tackle kits you can get. They`re mostly for hauling a car out
of a ditch in snowstorms, but they`d be helpful to lift heavy items out
of the way to get to someone who might be trapped in a not too bad
Along with the cellphone would be a pad of paper and some pencils. In
many cases, you have to move so you want a way to leave a note for
We just picked up one of those Coleman rechargeable lanterns with a 9W
fluorescent bulb. On one charge, it runs for about 7-9 hours and
includes a night light that`ll go for like, a week! We`re using it for
power outages, but it`d come in handy. Otherwise, there are small $5
LED lamps that use 4 AA batteries and run for 200 years or something.
Basics of survival, and I would propose them in their order of importance:
By the way, Chris` reference to cards and boredom is very important.
One of the fastest ways to generate panic is to allow for long,
uninterrupted periods of wild speculation. A distraction, particularly
for kids, can reduce some of that panic. And, as we know, panic is the
mindkiller and often leads to major problems.