The one thing we can count on in an emergency is the fact that many people will likely be unprepared. Unfortunately, emergencies can strike at any time and without any warning. It is imperative that everyone take some simple precautions in order to ensure that they are able to survive during the first crucial days of any type of emergency. Experts agree that every family should put together their own emergency kit and preparedness plans. As part of your emergency preparations, be sure to make an emergency bag for every member of the family. In fact, keeping a bag at home, as well as in your vehicle or where you work can help ensure that you are prepared, regardless of where you are when a disaster strikes.
Some important items to keep in your emergency bag include the following:
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Signal whistle
• Water — plan on one gallon per person, per day. You should have a minimum of a 3-day supply.
• Non-perishable food — a 3-day supply for each person
• Cell phone and charger
• Garbage bags and hand sanitizer for personal sanitation
• Dust mask
• Duct tape and plastic sheeting for sheltering in place
• Maps of the local area
All of these items are easy to assemble and easy to use. If a disaster strikes, being prepared will be your best defense. Of course, your emergency bag should be only one part of your emergency preparations. Many families choose to prepare with emergency food storage that far exceeds what can be transported in a bug-out bag or emergency bag. For some emergencies, evacuation will certainly be necessary; however, many disasters might mean sheltering in-place until the situation is resolved.
While there is no way that you can fully prepare for every type of emergency, taking precautions and stocking up on essential items can certainly help you make it through the most difficult days. For those who are able to shelter-in-place, many emergency preparedness items can make life much more manageable. In fact, many people have stored large quantities of non-perishable foods, water, and even seeds that can be used to begin harvesting their own food, if the need arises. The amount of preparations you make will depend on your own personal comfort level, as well as your budget; however, making at least some basic plans and preparations is something that everyone should take very seriously.
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Iris Pulga is the blogger behind Entrepremom.info, a blog about marriage, parenting and everything in between. She works hand in hand with Food Insurance to create awareness on emergency or disaster preparedness.