In today’s time it seems we can barely go a few weeks without turning on our televisions to the news of another natural disaster. Floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes can all wreak havoc on your home and community. Are you prepared if one comes knocking on your door? Do you have an idea of what you need to make it through?
Here are five things you need to have in case of a natural disaster, read below to make sure you’re prepared if one hits your community.
If your electricity is out chances are that it is also out at your local grocery store and fast food restaurants. But even if your refrigerator and stovetop are not working you are still going to need to feed your family.
Have a stockpile of non-perishable food and water are necessities. Things like peanut butter, bread, crackers, pretzels, and cans of tuna fish that won’t go bad sitting inside of your cabinets. It is recommended that you have a two-week supply of these items in your home in case you are stuck there, and if you have to evacuate take at least 3 days of worth with you when you go.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit isn’t just for bumps and scrapes. Serious injuries can occur during natural disasters and it is important to have the right supplies to take care of your family members if necessary. This includes bandages, both sterile and unsterile, antibiotic ointment, gloves, gauze, a CPR kit, etc.
You also want to make sure to have a supply of medications on hand. This includes over the counter medicines such antihistamines, fever reducers, and pain relievers, as well as a two-week supply of any prescribed medications your family members need.
A Portable Generator
The effects of a natural disaster can be felt for weeks, and even months, after the event takes place. In some cases, it can take that long to get access to electricity and even clean water. Your family doesn’t have to suffer though. A generator can be run around the clock to keep the basic electrical necessities such as your refrigerator, microwave, and fans running for your family.
If you think that finding fuel will be a difficult task there are even solar powered options. The best solar powered generator is going to be one that is compact, easy to put up, and has a large battery capacity.
In case of a natural disaster you might lose access temporarily to your television, internet, and even your mobile phone service. In order to keep up to date with rescue efforts going on in your community, a radio is going to be your most reliable option. Make sure to also have an extra supply of batteries to keep your radio going for at least two weeks.
Basic Tools and Necessities
As with food and water, stores in your community will likely not be open to supply you with basic necessities that you need to get on with daily life. So, in case a natural disaster occurs you are going to want to have everything you might at home with.
This will include things for food prep, like a manual can opener. You will also want to have personal hygiene items such shampoo, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, wet wipes in case there isn’t running water, and feminine hygiene products if necessary. Other items you might need include baby items, candles, matches, and having all of your important document in one secure spot ready to go in case you need to evacuate.
No one wants a natural disaster to hit their community, and everyone thinks it can’t happen to them. But it can, and chances are at some point it will. There’s an old adage that says hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Whether a natural disaster makes you evacuate your home, or causes you hunker down in less than desirable conditions, you want to make sure you are prepared to take on the challenges that it can bring your way.