If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching the daily news it’s that Mother Nature can wreak havoc anytime, anywhere. When the fury is unleashed, we can only hope we’re prepared.
Well, maybe there’s something more we can do – we can make it a point to <em>actually be</em> prepared.
“Victims were hoping aid would arrive …” is an all-too-common phrase uttered by reporters who trudge glibly through the catastrophic aftermath of our nation’s environmental disasters. And, if you’ve ever watched these reports from the comfort of a safe place you probably thought: <em>I would’ve been ready!</em>
But would you have been? Disaster experts say you should have <a title="ReadyGov.com" href="http://www.readygov.com/" target="_blank">a minimum of 72 hours’ worth of emergency supplies on hand</a>, including these staples:
H2O is essential and if you decide to draw the line anywhere it shouldn’t be here. How much do you need? You should have a gallon of water per person per day, but if you have the space there’s no sense in being stingy. And, remember to factor in your furry family members!
<strong>2. Nonperishable Foods</strong>
Stock foods you and your family are more inclined to enjoy. Look for pull-tab tops, but also remember to include a can opener! Consider longer shelf-life items such as beans, pasta, rice, honey, powdered milk, peanut butter and granola bars. Swap out food and water every couple years, especially canned foods with high acidic levels like tomatoes and fruit juice.
<strong>3. First-Aid Kit</strong>
Be sure to augment your <a title="First Aid Kits" href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/first-aid-kit.html" target="_blank">kit</a> with extras like peroxide, vitamins, moist towelettes, toilet paper and garbage bags.
A good flashlight is a must, but you should also add a few lighters, lighter fluid, candles and spare batteries to your supply so you have multiple ways to create light and heat.
Many emergency radios are hand-powered and that can be a good thing, but you should store extra batteries for a proper radio with good reception so you can keep up on relief efforts and other breaking news that could end up saving your life.
<strong>6. Tools / Knife</strong>
A <a title="Multitools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/knives-multitools-axes_1784.html?atb=attr_type=|knives+*+multitool+kits|&linkloc=catheader&groupid=1443665" target="_blank">multi-tool</a> covers all the basic bases, but since this is your at-home disaster preparedness kit you can afford to allocate extra space for other helpful tools. A sturdy pair of <a title="Pliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pliers_2051.html?linkloc=" target="_blank">pliers</a> can be handy for turning off valves or opening things and a <a title="Crow Bar" href="http://www.atgstores.com/crow-bars_2052.html?linkloc=" target="_blank">crow bar</a> is good to have on hand in case you need to pry open a door or window.
<strong>7. Extra Cash</strong>
Hide it and forget about it. It’s not there for a rainy day; it’s there for an apocalyptic day.
<strong>8. Cell Phone</strong>
Make it one with texting capability, because if signals are down text messages are more likely to go through. Also, take down phone numbers for your emergency contacts, including close friends.
<strong>9. Evacuation Plan</strong>
It’s always smart to know your way out; out of the basement, out of your house, out of the neighborhood and all the way out of town, if necessary.
<strong>10. Extra Sleeping Bags / Blankets</strong>
Disaster doesn’t wait for the sun to come out, and in fact usually arrives cold, wet and angry. Keep your spare bags and blankets packed for portability in case you have to take them on the go. And just as a general reminder, <a title="Emergency Car Kits" href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/Roadside-Emergency-Kit.html" target="_blank">cars</a> and <a title="Emergency Boat Kits" href="http://www.atgstores.com/collections/Adventure-Medical-Kits-Marine-Series-Collection_c92857.html" target="_blank">boats</a> should always be equipped with emergency supplies.
We want all of you to always be safe, so take action now to anticipate whatever Mother Nature may throw at you.