Entertainment

While it may not qualify as a basic need, including some kind of entertainment in your disaster survival kit has a long list of benefits for anyone experiencing a long-term emergency situation in which they’re stranded in a small or crowded space with nothing to do. Having a toy or game to keep yourself distracted is an ideal way to calm nerves and keep your mind off of the situation. Extensive periods of boredom can cause increased stress and irritability, which can have a ripple effect on a crowd of people in an evacuation center. Keeping people occupied reduces tension and decreases the risk of panic or violence.

For the past few years, including a simple deck of playing cards in an emergency kit has been a standard practice. One of the most versatile forms of entertainment, card games can be played alone or with a group of people.

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