You never know when a disaster or emergency will happen. It is important to be prepared for these situations, but what does that mean? This question often comes up when severe storms are being predicted. Don’t be left wondering what you need when the situation arises. The following six items are things you should keep on hand for emergency situations.
72 Hour Survival Kit
Most emergency situations can be resolved or aided within 72 hours, so it is important to have a survival kit that will get you through that time without any problems. In this kit, you should include water at a rate of one gallon per person per day, non-perishable foods like peanut butter and canned goods, utensils to eat with, cookware, a can opener, a hand-crank or battery operated weather radio, flashlights or lanterns with fuel, batteries and blankets or other bedding. If you live in a colder climate, it will be more important to have extra clothing and blankets available to keep warm. Also consider keeping a camp stove with propane available for cooking.
First Aid Kit
When an emergency happens, there are bound to be some minor injuries. Keep a first aid kit with your emergency supplies so you are ready to take care of them. Stock it with over the counter medicines and remedies. If you are on any prescription medications, be sure to have a small stock of those as well. Always remember to periodically update your first aid kit to make sure any medications are not expired.
Utility Phone Numbers
Be sure to have a list of the utilities used in your home and the corresponding phone numbers. Many gas and electric companies will have a special line for reporting an emergency. The experts from Phs Disaster Services say to gather the phone numbers for your water, sewer, electricity, gas and any other utility you have in your home and keep them near your survival kit.
The Red Cross’ Phone Number
If you are a victim of a disaster, it is important that you have the Red Cross’ phone number available. You can contact them at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is even a program available where you can register you and your family as “safe” so that other friends and family members know you are okay.
If a pet becomes injured or missing during disaster, having your veterinarian’s phone number available will speed up the process of finding or relieving your pet.
Recent Pictures of Children
If anything should happen and you become separated from children or elderly relatives, having a recent picture stored in your emergency kit will help authorities find them.
Though no emergency can be predicted with 100% accuracy, it is very important to be prepared when there are warnings for large storms. Having these six things stockpiled in one location for your family can help you be ready for any emergency.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.