For many preppers, gear is the name of the
game when it comes to disaster survival.
That’s part of why at DNA Tactical, we aim to stock the supply a
wide variety of gear of the highest quality for any emergency situation. You’re probably already familiar with the
term “bug out bag” and you may already have one (or more) of your
own. Everyone has his or her own idea of
what a bug out bag should look like, but there is no such thing as the perfect
Keep in mind that also, “bugging
out” isn’t always an option during a natural disaster, pandemic, or other
emergency situation. Quite often,
sheltering in place can be the safer option and, sometimes, the only
option. The survival essentials that you’d want to have in
a wilderness or on-the-road survival situation are the same items you’d want on
hand at home when SHTF. With that in
mind, we’ll introduce you to some essential tools to keep in your home to give
you a much better chance at surviving a disaster.
Whether hitting the road or sheltering in
place in the event of a disaster, everyone needs a contingency plan in place to
account for maintaining or procuring a basic supply of life’s basic needs. Among the basic needs to cover are:
- Water procurement
- Food & Cooking
- First Aid
Water is the single most important element you
need to survive. It’s a great idea to
store large quantities of water in your home in case of emergencies, but keep
in mind even bottled water has a shelf life and requires rotation. When the pipes run dry and your stores run
out, you’ll need a way to procure water on your own. In a survival situation you should aim to
drink at least 1-liter of water each day.
Keep in mind that you’ll not only need water for drinking, but for
cooking, cleaning, and hygienic purposes as well.
DNA Tactical has several options in stock for
water purification including capsule filters, water bottles with built-in
filters, emergency water filtration “sticks,” purification tablets, purifying
drops, and even modular systems like the SOLKOA Survival Systems Module.
The SOLKOA Module allows you to tailor your
emergency survival kit with high-quality, task-focused components. The “Core Module” includes:
compact water filter
- 24-in duct
- 2 one-liter
- 1 two-liter
- Nylon stuff
sack for storage
Essentially, the system provides the minimum
components necessary for procuring, treating, and storing water during an
unexpected night out or short duration emergency. All of SOLKOA’s products are tested under the
harshest conditions in the most dangerous environments and are tactically
designed to focus on function, durability, and flexibility.
As we all know, sometimes the biggest hit we
take when disaster strikes is the loss of home.
From hurricanes to tornadoes and even social uprisings, structures are
often the first thing to fall. Often,
the loss of the home and shelter causes a domino affect and is the reason
people suffer and die during natural disasters and emergencies.
Nothing beats a fortified, concrete,
bunker-like shelter when disaster strikes.
That is, unless it becomes affected by flooding. Still, having a contingency plan in place for
sheltering is an essential part of a disaster survival plan and a crucial
element of a survival kit. While not
ideal, tents, tarps, and mosquito nets can be life-saving shelter options
during an emergency. We stock a variety
of emergency shelter options at DNA
Tactical so you can choose what works best for you depending on what
situation is most likely to affect you and your loved ones.
Take the UST (Ultimate Survival Technologies) Hex Tarp.
It’s an all-weather coverage that can also serve as a ground cloth,
thermal blanket, or tarp…though not all in one. The entire tarp weighs in well under two
pounds and compresses down into a 10 x 4 x 4 stuff sack for easy transport and
storage in your bug out bag or emergency kit.
The kit includes the tarp itself, guylines, and steel steaks. The Hex Tarp protects you from above against
foul weather and the sun’s damaging rays.
One side is aluminized for thermal insulation, which provides extra warmth
whether used as a top coverage or ground cover.
The reverse side is a high-visibility orange to help aid in potential
proper med-kit and first-aid supplies are the most overlooked pieces of
survival gear. Far too many individuals
focus on the gear itself, guns, knives, tents, etc. But when SHTF, whether is a natural disaster
or social pandemic, proper medical treatment can be equally important as
water. In fact, the two go
hand-in-hand. The human body is capable
of overcoming incredible feats without both food and shelter. But having medicine and first-air can
literally be the difference between life and death.
already have a sense of what should go into a basic survival first aid kit. Things like gauze, hydrogen peroxide,
antibacterial ointment, bandages, and scissors are all basics that you should
have on hand. Some other essential first
aid tools and instruments to consider include:
- Safety pins
- Suture kit
- Razor blades
- Surgical tubing
We have large
selection of full-service survival medical kits at DNA Tactical, all of
which are designed to take the guesswork out of knowing exactly what you’ll
need in the event of an emergency. While
we have several “professional” kits available designed for trained
emergency response teams, we also have more basic options for individuals and
families. One example is the EMI RESQ-Med™ Holster Set, a compact, ultimate response kit
with essential rescue equipment and critical medical supplies. The contents of this holster set have the
ability to handle extrication, bleeding, CPR and many other critical on-the-scene
Among the other
contents of the RESQ-Med™ set are:
- 4 Latex Gloves
- Thermal Rescue
- CPR Lifeshield
- Instant Ice
Pack (4″x 5″)
Sterile Conforming Bandage
3″ Sterile Pads
- Life-Float II
(Floating Seatbelt Cutter)
- Window Punch
- Deluxe EMS
Scissor- 5 ½”
designed, over-sized holster includes a front pocket for gloves, a water
repellent main compartment, and several instrument compartments. It’s made of 1000 denier-nylon with a quick
release Velcro-type belt loop that fits belts up to 2.25-inches wide. The holster itself measures 8.5 x 5 x 2.75
inches, so its super compact, stowable, and easily integrated with the rest of
your emergency supplies.
This article is not
meant to be all-inclusive. These are
just three categories out of nine and three example products out of dozens of
options available here at DNA Tactical.
Among our other categories for necessary survival gear are food kits,
health and hygiene supplies, cooking gear, survival knives, breaching tools,
and signaling tools.
One must keep in
mind that when preparing for a survival situation, there’s no such thing as
being “too prepared.” In fact,
it may not matter how much gear you’ve stockpiled or what survival skills you
possess, mother nature can strip all of that away in an instant and leave you
completely alone to fend for yourself.
Gear will never be your saving grace, but it can serve as a lifeline
when the going gets rough and in a “best case scenario” during an
emergency, the right tools and equipment could very well save your life. Choose wisely.