Preparing for an unknown catastrophic event requires planning and ingenuity. Most people will agree that food and water are basic necessities. However, thinking more broadly, preppers should consider obtaining four important additions to safeguard their lives and property.
Every home should invest in an underground cellar, or bunker. Having an escape place below ground in case of a devastating event like a tornado, explosion, or military incursion offers a safe sanctuary, at least short-term. The cellar should be stocked with essentials for purifying water, a plumbed toilet, a first aid kit, and non-perishable foods and liquids, such as bottled water or juices. This addition should be able to sustain the family for a few days, at least.
Outdoor Storage Shed
A lawn storage shed can be inexpensively added to your property to store important equipment and supplies. A generator with gasoline and engine oil, a space heater, and extra food storage for packaged and canned items would all be helpful in case of emergency. Shovels for digging trenches, outerwear like boots or heavy coats for inclement weather, and a basic tool kit with instructions, along with plenty of batteries for electronic devices offer supplemental protection if needed.
Waterfront Boat Dock
Those with waterfront properties might want to invest in a boat dock for their watercraft or for that of potential rescuers if a devastating community event should occur. You should contact reliable dock builders in your area to see your options. The dock should be accessible by boat in the water and by car on land for loading and unloading watercraft and supplies, if regular roads are blocked or are unusable.
Indoor Safe Room
An indoor security room is another advisable addition. Similar to a panic room, this area might be located beneath the main home structure or within one of the interior walls. It should have secure locks from within the room as well as steel doors and adequate ventilation. Like the underground shelter, the inside room should be stocked with necessities like food, stored water, a toilet, a couple changes of clothing, grooming essentials, over-the-counter medicine and supplies like pain relievers and bandages, and pet food. A radio, batteries, and portable lighting are also recommended. Contact information for emergency numbers should be stored on cell phones or kept handy in the safe room as well.
We hope that these preparations will not be necessary. However, in case the unexpected happens, with these precautions you can trust that everything possible has been done.
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