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, and hurricanes can all wreak havoc on your home and community. Are you prepared if someone 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 a natural disaster; read below to ensure you’re prepared if one hits your community.
If your electricity is out, the 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 will still need to feed your family.
Having a stockpile of non-perishable food and water is necessary. Things like peanut butter, bread, crackers, pretzels, and cans of tuna fish won’t go bad sitting inside your cabinets. It is recommended that you have a two-week supply of these items in your home if you are stuck there, and if you have to evacuate, take at least three 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 if necessary. This includes bandages, sterile and unsterile, antibiotic ointment, gloves, gauze, a CPR kit, etc.
You also want to ensure a supply of medications on hand. This includes over-the-counter medicines such as antihistamines, fever reducers, pain relievers, and 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 occurs. Sometimes, getting access to electricity and even clean water can take that long. Your family doesn’t have to suffer through it. 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 will be compact, easy to put up, and has a large battery capacity.
In a natural disaster, you might temporarily lose access to your television, internet, and even your mobile phone service. To keep up to date with rescue efforts going on in your community, radio is going to be your most reliable option. Make sure to 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 the necessities you need to get on with daily life. So, if a natural disaster occurs, you will want to have everything you might be at home.
This will include things for food prep, like a manual can opener. You will also want personal hygiene items such as shampoo, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, wet wipes if there isn’t running water, and feminine hygiene products if necessary. You might need baby items, candles, matches, and all of your important documents in one secure spot, ready to go if 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. An adage says hope for the best but prepares for the worst. Whether a natural disaster makes you evacuate your home or causes you to hunker down in less-than-desirable conditions, you want to ensure you are prepared to take on the challenges it can bring.