It’s often impossible to predict when a natural (or man-made) disaster will strike, but it is completely possible (and responsible) to be prepared when one does. Two essentials for any type of emergency are having a Family Disaster Plan, and an Emergency Supply Kit.
Creating Your Family Disaster Plan
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen.
Develop an emergency communication plan.
Ask an out-of-town relative or friend to be your "family contact."
Discuss what to do if authorities ask you to evacuate.
Be familiar with escape routes.
Plan how to take care of your pets.
You can get details about this plan, and a lot more tips, by visiting The Disaster Center.
Creating Your Emergency Supply Kit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently released its updated “Top Ten Disaster Preparedness List” of must have items to have on hand during an emergency. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it is a very good start. Here’s what they recommend:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food, at least three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered/hand crank radio
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask, plastic sheeting, and duct tape to help filter contaminated air and insulate shelter
Manual can opener
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
For more information on disaster preparedness, and for tips on preparing for specific types of emergencies, visit this FEMA page.
So, now that you have the basic info on what to do and what you’ll need should disaster strike, the next step should be to actually assemble your kit. A great resource to use for this is an actual emergency preparedness company, like Nitro-Pak. Not only do they have complete survival kits available for purchase, they have everything you could possibly need to ensure your safety even in a long-term emergency. Make sure to check out the discounts they offer before checking out.
Give yourself the peace of mind that comes with being prepared for the unexpected before it happens. It is the smart and safe thing to do.