Survival Kit Checklist

Back Pack Checklist

During an emergency evacuation, there is not always time to find what you need so your grab bag should be pre-loaded with all your essentials.

  • Important documents (copies and on USB portable drive) Eg. Insurance documents, Identification Documents (ID), bank records, medical records etc.
  • Prescriptions
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Prepaid phone card (international)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Food (like granola or power bars)
  • Bottled water (not too much)
  • Water sterilization tablets
  • House and car keys ( extra set if possible)
  • Compass
  • Knife

Car Survival Kit Checklist

  • Local maps and road atlas
  • Writing supplies (pencil & notebook)
  • Food (like granola or power bars)
  • Water sterilisation kit
  • Mess kit (paper cups, plates and utensils)
  • Compact sleeping bag or blankets
  • Sanitation supplies (like toilet paper and garbage bags)
  • Duct tape
  • Cell phone car charger
  • Spare set of clothes (sweater, waterproof jacket, hat and shoes)

Emergency Medical Survival Kit Checklist

  • Knife
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Jumper cables
  • Roadside flares
  • Towline Home
  • Window sealing materials (plastic sheeting and duct tape)
  • Spare set of clothes (sweater, waterproof jacket, hat and shoes)
  • Canned and dry food
  • Water sterilisation kit
  • Mess kit and tin opener
  • Candles and matches
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Rope
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Toilet paper, bucket

How to shut down your home

Natural Gas

Most gas valves are located outside and require a wrench to be shut off. You should consult your utility company for instructions to how to shut off properly. These instructions should be kept in an emergency drawer together with a flashlight.


During a disaster, cracked exterior water lines can wash contaminated water contaminated water into your house. You should shut off the main water supply to solve this problem.

Electricity In a flood

Live electrical outlets can become a danger to you and to rescue workers. If there is a risk of flooding you should locate the main circuit box and switch off the main breaker. If it already flooding, do not touch the service panel.

Top 6 Emergency Preparedness Myths

The biggest obstacles regarding comprehensive Emergency Operations strategies are the misconceptions and misinformation surrounding the true nature of emergency preparedness.

  1. “If something happens all I have to do is call 911.”: Help can only go so far, or be there so quickly. Your safety rests solely on your shoulders. You have to realise that, at some point, you might be on your own for a while, especially if the situation is extremely hostile. Learn to be self-reliant.
  2. “The insurance will cover everything.”: Realistically, insurance agents aren’t going to instantly rebuild and replace your losses. Also, your insurance plan might not cover some rather common terrorism or disaster related incidents.
  3. “Good preparedness is too expensive and too complicated.”: Knowing how to prepare is a life-saving skill. There are literally thousands of subtle, simple, and economical things you can do to drastically improve your emergency preparedness plan. The notion that preparedness is expensive or complicated comes from aggressively marketed, high-priced and likely unnecessary gear.
  4. “I can get free emergency preparedness information on the Internet.”: Many free sources contain really good information. However, many of them are nothing more than a rehash of “72-hour kit” ideas, and contain nothing new or comprehensive. Also, it takes time and experience to filter the mass of information. Some of these free sites have dangerous misinformation.
  5. “Nothing like that could ever happen here.”: Staying out of trouble in Africa is all about staying focused, staying alert and staying aware of the dangers that can and sometimes do become reality. The single worst thing you can do is to allow the all the good things you will encounter in Africa to lull you into a false sense of security.
  6. “In a real disaster, we’re all dead anyway.”: You can be assured of being rescued if you develop a psychology of survival based on the following three attributes:
  • Tell yourself that your home comforts are not essential to survival.
  • Tell yourself that your present discomfort will be nothing as compared to the extreme discomfort you will experience if you do nothing.
  • Remember that rather than doing nothing and dying, you can take control of the situation and live.

The H.E.A.T manual covers several topics related to survival in difficult, remote and extreme environments. Reading these chapters you will acquire survival tactics and practical knowledge that will help you to cope with unfamiliar circumstances after a natural or man-made disaster and build an emergency preparedness plan.

The manual covers a range of necessary topics and gives you the knowledge to help you return home.

Everyday Lethal Self Defence Weapons

On our heat course we teach the “five second-take –down” and techniques for disarming an attacker carrying a knife club or gun. However, although these techniques are taught during our heat course you might need to improvise a weapon or find an object that you can use in a defensive manner. Below are some of the types of everyday lethal self defence weapons you can us. Read more