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Monday, August 5, 2013

How To Be Prepared In Case of A Disaster

Natural disasters and emergencies are something that are unavoidable so it is important to be prepared. Not being prepared can cause a lot of problems and suffering for the family facing the disaster. There is a lot you can do to prepare their family for an emergency, the best thing you can do is to build a supply of necessities that will be needed.
Electronics play a key role in staying safe during a disaster. Flashlights and extra batteries will be necessary just in case the power goes out. A battery powered radio or a NOAA weather radio is a must in order to be aware of what is going on outside the walls of your home. Solar generators or chargers will also come in handy for cell phones and other little things to help pass the time.
Health and Safety:
Health and safety is always important even in a state of disaster. A first aid kit is very important to keep in your emergency supply. Your first aid kit should contain basic supplies such as bandages, moist toilets, rubbing alcohol, ace bandages, and even butterfly strips. Plastic sheeting and duct tape is another must have just in case a temporary shelter needs to be put together.
Food and Water:
Most importantly you are going to need to have a supply of non-perishable food and water. Non-perishable foods consist of canned foods, peanut butter, cereal, nuts and trail mixes, powdered milk, and dried fruits such as raisins. You should store enough food to provide 3 meals per person over a 3 day period. A supply of clean water is key to making it through a disaster; one gallon of water per person for at least three days is the recommended amount of water to keep stored.
Other Necessities:
Other items that you should add to your list of items to store in case of a disaster are a can opener, dust masks, a small tool kit, whistles, rope, candles, matches and of course pet food for all of your furry friends! If you really want to be prepared sleeping bags, pillows and blankets will provide comfort for your family in a time of need. A deck of cards will help soothe the nerves of the kiddos around you as well.

Whether it is a hurricane, a blizzard or even a power outage it is important that you are prepared in case of any emergency or disaster. If you have the necessary items stored and ready at all times then it will be a much less stressful experience having to deal with such a disaster. The best way to gather all of your items is to make a list of everything you need and place it in a storage area that is safe and easy to access at all times.

Jacob is an emergency preparedness blogger for Check out more articles on preparedness and survival on the Survivalbased blog.


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