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.