With all the natural disasters we’ve been seeing over the past couple of years, it makes more sense now than ever to have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go at all times. This doesn’t just apply to those who are typically in the path of hurricanes or other common disasters. This applies to every person in every part of the country. Because you truly never know what the weather may bring at any given time of the year. Having a few extra supplies on hand to help ride out a nasty couple of days but quite honestly mean the difference between life and death.
It is essential that you know what exactly to pack in order to walk away safe. It’s easy to get carried away the first time, so this guideline should be helpful in keeping you in line with the necessary items, and not overwhelmed by the assumptions of what to put in your emergency preparedness kit.
A. Basic Survival –
These include rations and objects that would help you live through any calamity, and satisfy your rudimentary biological needs. First up would be two litres of water, or six 250 ml bottles, so you can last long enough for the eve of evacuation procedures. This is very important, since a person can only live 3 days without getting a sip of water. Of course, food is also part of the Basic Survival gear, and most of it should be processed and easily consumed (for example, energy bars and canned goods), as cooking may not be possible during emergency situations. You will also have to pack flash lights and a lot of batteries, a handheld transceiver (in case your cell phone dies out), a Swiss knife, a first aid kit, and some small bills and cashier’s checks for pay phones and other services.
B. Additional Essentials –
You also need to secure luxury items that could increase your comfort and keep you secured and healthy, while recovering from the tragedy. This will include a change of clothing and footwear, warm blankets and sleeping bags, perhaps even a tent, candles and a lighter, utensils, some toiletries, adhesives, a whistle, and a portable butane burner for cooking. You could also bring some identification documents, just in case you need them, and a navigation system or map, so you’d have some idea of where you currently are and where you need to be.
C. Convenient –
If there’s room in your emergency preparedness kit, you should also store some rope, signal flares a battery-operated radio, a Taser gun, an extra set of keys to your house and a car, if possible.
Nevertheless, all of these should help you get by after a great disaster, and keep you secured during uncertainty. You should always be ready; therefore, you should already have a backpack set aside, ready for evacuation, as catastrophes can strike at any moment. If you have pets or children, you should pack for them, too, and take them with you as you escape.