Do You Need a Gas Mask in Your Emergency Kit?

Do You Need a Gas Mask in Your Emergency Kit?

Do You Need a Gas Mask in Your Emergency Kit?
By Steve McDaniel

If you are like me you have probably seen many doomsday preparation shows on TV and have seen many people with gas and biological filtration devices. I have been asked by a couple visitors if it’s something you really need in your survival kit.

Answering that question really depends on what the gas mask is used for. If you were in an emergency where chemical or biological weapons are used then having a gas mask would really be the difference between life and death. If on the other hand there were a swine flu, bird flu or other pandemic that is airborne nose and mouth filters would probably work better.

The gas mask isn’t really an item you would be able to wear all the time. It’s for a short duration use in an emergency situation. Many don’t have any way to drink in them and aren’t exactly the most comfortable survival items that you will wear. The paper filter masks can be worn with regularity and not be nearly as cumbersome as a gas mask.

So with that said should you have a gas mask in your survival gear kit? I like to think as a prepper that I try to be prepared for a variety of emergency situations. If I prep for only the super volcano eruption in Wyoming, or a chemical attack I am limiting my readiness.

For about 20-40 dollars you can get a gas mask and be ready for whatever emergency survival situation comes up. I would also make sure to have a supply of paper masks for airborne pathogens in case of the spread of infectious disease. Some of the most popular Gas Masks right now are those that come from Israel as they are constantly updated with new innovations. For most survival situations having a filtration masks of any make is likely to provide survival protection for both you and your family.

Remember as a prepper you need to think about being prepared for many different situations. You will most likely never be able to have all of your bases covered but the more you have covered the more you will be prepared. Learning about emergency survival is the best way to start. The more educated you are on what it would take to survive any emergency whether it be a hurricane, nuclear disaster, wide spread electrical disruption or just a local emergency, the better off you and your family will be.

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