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What To Put In A Disaster Survival Kit

There are a few people who fear the world as we know it is ending this year and are spending boatloads of money in preparation for the event. Whatever you think of these “preppers”, it’s not a bad idea to prepare for emergencies (without going overboard).

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Patrick Geryl, who wrote “How to Survive 2012″ and has spent $US130,000 on survival preparations so far, is in extreme survivalist prep mode. He sent CNN Money the 100 survival items on his list that he plans on purchasing before December 21, 2012, when he believes the apocalypse will come (that’s the date the Mayan calendar allegedly ends).

The list isn’t, however, that outlandish. It contains basic survival items you might put want to gather for your own kit, good for any emergency, including natural or man-made disasters. For example, on his list are basics like a wind jacket, aluminium emergency blanket, first aid box and small whistle.

More interesting items include a box of condoms to use for carrying water, sacks of vegetable seeds, and “iodine tablets or tincture for protection thyroid at atom calamity”.

He includes waterproof matches, but we know you can use water and a jar in a pinch or even a slab of ice.

A 72-hour disaster kit can help you and your family get through three days of an emergency, but if you want to plan for a longer-term disaster, this survival list is a start. What would you add to or subtract from the list?

Doomsday survival list [CNN Money]