Be Prepared BEFORE Disaster Strikes!

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

Local maps

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.

By: Peter

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