Properly Assembling Your Emergency Preparedness Supplies
When Mother Nature unleashes her fury upon the earth, it usually comes unexpectedly. To prepare for such a disaster, you must begin to assemble your emergency preparedness supplies well in advance. Having these supplies will not only make sure that you are prepared in such an event, but will allow you to rest assured knowing that you took care of it in advance. Emergency preparedness supplies are essential for the following disasters:
- Flash floods
- Winter storms
- Hazardous material spills.
Regardless of the type of disaster, it is always a good idea to get a jump start on gathering your supplies. It is important to establish an area of the house that is designated for all of your emergency supplies. If a disaster should occur, all family members will know exactly where to go to find needed supplies.
One of the most important supplies is going to be a large, waterproof bag in which you will place all important family documents. This bag will include emergency contact numbers, physicians’ numbers, insurance cards, birth certificates, passports, and any other important documents you that may want to include. Make certain that the bag is sealed tightly to prevent damage in case of flooding.
The next item on the list is water. This is an extremely important item that should be taken care of well in advance as water often becomes scarce on store shelve in times of emergency. In general, it is recommended that you have one gallon of water per person per day. It is always good to have a stockpile of water that can hold you over for at least a week. That means if you have five people in your family, you will need 35 gallons of water to last you for seven days. While this may seem like a lot of water, it won’t seem like all that much during an emergency. This water will be used not only for drinking but also for bathing and cooking if necessary. It is important to note that the water should be stored in unbreakable containers.
When choosing food for an emergency kit, it is important to purchase non-perishable canned goods and packages. In many emergencies, the power will go out leaving you with no electricity. It is a good idea to purchase a manual can opener for this scenario. As with the water, it is important to stockpile your food supplies in case you are unable to leave your home due to the disaster. As a rule of thumb, plan all portions assuming you will be affected for at least seven days.
Another necessity on the list of emergency preparedness supplies is clothing. Pack a change of clothes for all family members. Also, include rain gear and a pair of sturdy shoes for everyone as well. Other items to include are:
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- First aid kit
- Family medications
- Extra pair of glasses
- Battery powered radio
- Credit cards and cash
- Extra set of car keys
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
Disaster can strike at any minute. Make sure your family is ready by following this emergency preparedness supplies checklist. It is never too early to get started. When an emergency situation arises, you will be glad and reassured that you did!