The times have shown us that being prepared really does matter. Not many homeowners know about disaster prep because they have either never heard of it, or they are just not interested in the whole hassle.
But hopefully, now you will be. Seeing as the world has become a lot more unpredictable, it really does pay to be two steps ahead. We looked at some of the best ways to prepare for any given disaster and how you could help your family in a time of need. Some of these things will take time to learn but others will be straightforward.
Basic storm kit
A basic storm kit will be designed to give you and or your family about 48-72 hours of supplies to live on your own, away or inside your home. You’ll need some of the following.
- A large tent or some kind of waterproof sheet.
- Flashlights, at least one per family member. Lots of batteries.
- Take some plastic bags with you so you can use them for quick storage or as a trash bag.
- Some gas tanks so you can cook your meals outside.
- Some breaker sticks that light up so you can identify each other in the dark.
- A waterproof map, compass and a star map to help you navigate at night.
- Food for two-three days, along with water for the same amount of days.
- Copies of personal ID documents so you can show who you are to the police, local authorities, etc.
On Prepared Bee you can find some emergency food options. They’ll show you what wild plants are safe to eat. They’ll also show you what kind of foods will last the longest and how you can make other foods last longer than it would normally stay safe to eat. They also have some new innovative ways to cook and store food in tubs, seal bags and wrap it up nicely. Their list of foods that can be stored in almost all temperatures is really handy for those that live in cold or hot parts of the country.
Having some good personal equipment could save your life or someone else’s. So get yourself some of these things.
- An evacuation plan. Many local authorities will give you advice on what routes to use if you need to get out of the location you’re in, quickly.
- Know where the nearest sources of water, food and electricity will be should a disaster strike
- Gather insurance documents so when you get home and it’s not all in one piece, you can know you have the documents you need.
- Know what to do with your pets. If you need to transport them, make sure you have cages.
- Have a family command plan. Put together a family survival plan and have a card with important phone numbers.
Be prepared for any kind of future disaster. The world is getting more and more unpredictable and things like this really help to keep you and your family members safe.