With all the disasters we have been facing across the globe I felt it was time to help inform you all on things that you can do to stay a little safer. We should all have a disaster kit of some kind, do you have yours?
First things first, you should always, ALWAYS have plenty of water. While I am going to go over it in the list below, I cannot stress the importance of clean water enough. Sure, you may be locked up inside your house with tap water, BUT things happen, if your water becomes contaminated or you have to leave you must have clean water to drink. Remember that while my disaster kit is on the more basic side you can add as much extra as you want if you have other things that you feel are important as well.
(Please if ever your area is evacuated for any sort of disaster be it hurricanes or even forest fires please LEAVE.)
13 Things You Need to Have Before Bad Weather Hits:
When a major storm or anything of the sort is expected water is the first thing to sell out. Be sure to stock up and make sure that you have something clean to drink and even clean any wounds with. Water is so much more important than I can explain.
Your power will go out almost always when disasters hit, and can be out for some time. During that time any food you have frozen will go bad. That is why it is important to make sure you have a good ready supply of things that do not have to be refrigerated. If you have pets, get several extra bags of food just in case.
I personally find it best to have at least two, depending on how close you are to other people. I couldn’t sit and watch someone else suffer while having a first aid kit, but also wouldn’t want to use things I may need for myself. Having more than one safety kit makes it a lot easier to help others. (Unless you just have an enormous kit, then you may only need one.) Your first aid kit should include things like sterile dressing, different sizes of bandages, gauze pads, sanitizer, wipes, adhesive tape, liquid Band-Aid of some sort, anti-bacterial ointment, antiseptic spray, small scissors, tweezers, and several pairs of gloves.
Fishing line can come in handy for all kinds of things! You can use it to tie things down, as rope, and so much more. Fishing line is strong, waterproof, and if you get one with a good weight limit it can be quite durable.
5. A Whistle
Whistles are very important in the case of an emergency. If someone cannot see you and you need help they can hear you. You know how that whistle saved Rose in the Titanic, right?
6. Waterproof Containers
If there is any chance that your home could be flooded you need to put all of your important documents (maybe a few family photos) into a waterproof easy to carry container so that they will not be ruined. These containers are relatively cheap and come in handy. In my opinion, small ones are the best, but you can get any size you need or want.
7. Extra Money
You will not be able to use an ATM or really any cards at all when there are power outages and flood damage. Keep your cash stored in a container that will keep it safe and dry. Don’t use it unless it is an emergency.
Maps are extremely important, even if you think you know your town like the back of your hand you might feel differently during a crisis. Circle places like storm shelters in case you need to relocate. Being ready for anything is so important.
You should own at least one but preferably several. They are relatively cheap and readily available. Go for nonincendive durable flashlights as they are typically waterproof and rubberized. If you can definitely get a hand crank or shake light. However, if you must get battery powered flashlights, buy tons of batteries in case you need them.
A good multi-tool could be a life saver; you can get them just about anywhere and they’re also pretty cheap. No matter the price these things are so important and very worth any amount of money.
This is going to be your connection to the outside world. It will allow you to stay informed on what is going on outside of your door. Your phone might die or there might not be any reception, so a hand crank radio will be a good backup.
12. Lighters and Matches
You can use both of these things for a wide variety of reasons. They will be essential when it comes to cooking or boiling water, and even sterilizing medical equipment. I like to keep cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly on hand as well because they burn easily and make starting a fire less of a hassle. I would also get extra fuel for your lighters as well just in case.
13. Personal Hygiene Kit
While you can survive without this, I feel it is important at least to have in the home. It should contain toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitizer wipes, antibacterial soap, baby wipes galore, and so forth. You will be in higher spirits if you can at least wash your face and brush your teeth. (I suggest also adding feminine products to the kit as well, even if it isn’t your time of the month yet stress can bring things like this on.)
Now that we have covered all of that, we can go over the grab and go bag. Every single family member should have a grab and go bag. This bag should contain all of the things you need to survive a disaster for a full seven days at least. Food, water first aid, shelter (even if it is just a tarp or tent) should be included. While the bag will be quite heavy at first, as you use the things inside it will become easier to carry. Backpack kits are the best, but I strongly suggest making your own as opposed to buying a pre-made one.
If you have a big family having more than one kit could also benefit you greatly. While lots of people think having multiple backpacks with different things inside is a good route to go, I feel that if you are going to do multiple bags you should do equal parts of everything inside them all. This is so that if someone ends up getting separated from the group they will still have what they need and so will you. Could you imagine your son getting lost and having all the food, but no water or medical equipment? That leaves him at more risk and puts you without food completely.
Stay safe and remember that your life is important and you matter. You will be just fine if you prepare yourself for the worst.