Let me ask you something? Do you have a disaster kit? If not, it’s something you should work on right away. You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you have to manage without power, internet, or the ability to head out to the store to buy what you need. Here is a checklist Disaster Kit to help you make sure you have everything you need. Continue reading for more information.
Food And Water
Store at least a gallon of drinking water per person per day. Aim for supplies that last you three to eight days, depending on your situation. In the case of a significant weather event or other natural disasters, rescuers and supplies may take a while to make it to your area.
The same goes for food. Stick with non-perishable food items that you can eat without any cooking or preparation required. Protein bars, bread, or crackers with peanut butter, nuts, and canned goods are all great choices. Don’t forget utensils, including a manual can opener for your kit.
Medical Supplies And First Aid
Suppose you require prescription medication, stock up as much as possible ahead of time. You don’t want to risk running out. As you put together a basic emergency kit, include some first aid items so you can treat minor aches and pains as the need arises. While at it, throw a few wet wipes and some mouth wash in there. Being able to clean up will make you feel much better.
Clothing And Bedding
If you are getting on the road or sheltering somewhere outside your home, it’s important to have clothing and bedding to make it until you can get back home. Since many natural disasters can pop up quite quickly, it’s wise to make a small pack of clothing part of your emergency kit. Throw in a couple of pieces of underwear, a pair of pants, and a couple of shirts, and you’re good to go. Remember, this isn’t your travel wardrobe. Dire emergency stuff you have in your kit “just in case.” Adding a small pillow, a sheet, and a light blanket is also a good idea. Keep it in your car when the situation warrants it.
Aside from food and water, communication will be your biggest concern in an emergency event. You need to know what’s going on, and you will want to get in touch with loved ones. Start with cell phones and chargers. They should be a high-priority item that makes it into your emergency at the last minute. You may also want to keep a backup power supply or extra batteries for your phones in the kit. Make sure the phones are fully charged.
Don’t rely on just your smartphone. Having a weather radio in your kit and some spare batteries is always a good idea. You should also keep a list of emergency contact information, including addresses and phone numbers, along with some old-fashioned maps. They will come in handy when the wireless system fails or your phone dies.
Lastly, let’s talk about some miscellaneous stuff that will come in handy. If you have a baby or pet, ensure plenty of supplies to keep them happy and healthy. Stock up on diapers, make sure you have a pet carrier and leash and don’t forget about food and water for everyone, including pets. If you’re traveling or evacuating with a pet, check on places that will allow you to bring your furry friends.
A small kit with some plastic bags, tarps, duct tape, and a few essential tools will also come in handy if you need to fix a leak or broken window. In short, be prepared and ready for anything.