How To Prepare For Disaster
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There’s no excuse for not being prepared for disaster. You can debate the likelihood of world ending devastation, but you cannot question the occurrence of natural disasters. They happen, they take place frequently, and they often bring about disruption of utilities and food resources for days or weeks. Exactly how long can you and your family live without water and food? How will you stay safe and warm? How would you provide emergency care in the event of a trauma? These are all things you have to be concerned about and preparing for.
Establishing A Food Supply When Planning for Disaster
It doesn’t require a lot of extra cash to establish a stockpile of food designed to carry you through a natural disaster. You aren’t aiming to gather enough to live on for several years, just a few days while the immediate danger exists. The right foods to purchase in readiness for disaster are the ones that survive for months in dry storage. Avoid any foods that require refrigeration either for storage or after opening. Don’t forget to rotate your stockpile often to utilize the products that are nearing their expiration dates and replace them with fresh products.
How To Keep Water In Planning For Disaster
Water is the primary part of a survival kit. You can’t live without it. You can do without fizzy drinks, coffee, tea or juice, however you won’t endure without fresh, clean water. Don’t depend on plain tap water being obtainable when preparing for disaster. Even though you may live in a town where clean drinking water is piped through your home, a natural disaster might disrupt service or even worse, pollute the water supply. If you live in a rural area where a well is your source of household water and you have no manually operated pump outside, a power failure will terminate your pump and cut off your supply.
You can only live for Three days without water, and after 1 day severe dehydration sets in and causes extreme harm to your organs. It is necessary to have sufficient drinking water to look after yourself and your family in the event of even minor disasters. Always have at the very least one gallon of water per day for each member of your family on hand. It is a good idea to plan for enough food and water for a full week. Electrical outages resulting from tropical storms usually last for 3 to 7 days and it’s advisable to begin getting ready for disaster before it hits. Don’t ever hold off until the event occurs. Shops will sell out of the most basic items in hours, sometimes even minutes and there will be no water, food or other survival items available.
Some other items to include in your kit while preparing for disaster are quilts as well as a first aid kit to attend to any injuries from rubble or tumbles. Always keep plenty of batteries and flashlights in your kit and don’t forget to include a non-electric can opener. An additional item that is beneficial is a basic whistle. It will let you signal for help. Include garbage bags and moist towelettes in your disaster kit while preparing for disaster so that you can remain clean as well as keep the area sanitary.