Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Are you prepared for an emergency? During the last decade there have been many reasons to ask this question. Considering a few of the major disasters that populations have endured, including the 2004 tsunami in Asia and hurricane Katrina in the Southeastern United States, it should be an essential priority to have an emergency plan and supplies ready for that unforeseen disaster. With a little preparation and planning you can be on your way toward adequate emergency preparedness. A few basic things to consider are having an emergency plan, a survival kit, and a long term survival strategy.
Many disasters can occur rapidly and end quickly while others can be long and drawn out. Because you can never be certain what type of disaster you might encounter you should have somewhere you and your family can go if your residence isn't safe. It would be a good idea to pick a friend or relative as a contact who lives in a different region that everybody in your household can communicate with. Why is this important? Because some disasters like tornadoes and flash floods can catch you by surprise and leave you unable to communicate with family in your local vicinity. Also, your contact can provide you a place to stay if your residence is badly damaged.
In addition to having an emergency plan, having a survival kit is another important tool for proper emergency preparedness. There are all types and sizes of survival kits to choose from. It is a good idea to have a survival kit that has everything you need in it in case you need to carry it with you. A good survival kit should have at least few basic components.
First, make sure you have a kit with adequate food and water. Some disasters might leave you stranded in your home for a few days and having stored water and food bars are essential for emergency preparedness. Also, water purification tablets can come in handy if your only source of water is contaminated.
Lighting and communication supplies are also necessary tools in a good survival kit. If power to your home is disabled candles and a flashlight will come in handy. Having a rechargeable squeeze flashlight eliminates the worry of not having any charged batteries. Furthermore, a mini scan radio can keep you informed of emergency announcements in case your phone line is disabled and your cell phone looses battery power. Similarly, matches and lighters are important items you should have in your kit.
Another important component in your survival kit should include shelter and warmth supplies. These supplies really depend on your geographical location. If you live in a northern climate your kit should include an adequate sleeping bag. A quality tent might also be necessary in the right situation.
Every good emergency kit should include a few basic tools. A multi function knife can provide you with many essential uses. For example, it can be used as a can opener, knife, spoon/fork, or corkscrew. Other tools that might be useful are dust mask, duct tape, and rope.
The last and one of the most important items in an survival kit are first aid supplies. There are a several sizes of first aid kits to choose from. Basic components should include bandages, gauze pads, antibiotic cream, and aspirin just to name a few. It is easy to sustain injury during emergency events and your first aid kit could be a life saver.
Having an emergency plan and good survival kit are critical to emergency preparedness, but it is also important to consider having a long term survival strategy in place. Today in the U.S., we face the worries of an aging infrastructure including a vulnerable power grid. There might come a time in the near future where many people are pushed to become self sufficient.
As a result it would be wise to plan ahead in case you and your family need to provide for yourselves. Without getting into great detail you should research and prepare a little towards becoming more self sufficient. A couple of things to consider are having a long term food storage supply. Many food storage kits can have a 25 year shelf life under the right conditions. Also, a supply of garden seeds could be essential. Non-GMO and Non-Hybrid seeds can be re-used year after year providing you with an extremely valuable resource during tough times.
It is important to realize there are many aspects to successful emergency preparedness. Being prepared for the right situation demands a little knowledge and the necessary supplies to get you through hard times. But with the proper preperation and planning you will give yourself the added security needed during trying times.