When the unthinkable happens, you want to know that you have resources that you can use to protect, nourish, and hydrate your family, friends, and neighbors. What are the best items to keep at the ready? Should you prep for a week or more? The experts have four primary tips for people that want to be ready should a massive earthquake, volcano, tornado, hurricane, flood, or terrorist attack happens in your town.
An Emergency Essential Preparedness Bag
Forbes found a company in San Francisco that built an entire kit that has the basics each family member needs in case of an emergency. The two entrepreneurs came to the city and found that the kits on the market were not meeting the needs of all the people that could encounter a major earthquake, so the men built one around the things individuals could use the most. Each backpack contains emergency stores of food and water, a camping stove, blanket, multi-tool, safety goggles, a dust mask, a flashlight that you can crank, and other supplies.
Extra Fuel Stores
While the flashlight and matches can help for a week or so, it is an excellent idea to have propane tanks, kerosene, gasoline, or other fuel stores ready to cook food or keep your family warm. Some companies, like Kitsap Propane, know that you should remember to use a fuel stabilizer to keep the stores ready for several months without needing to replace it often. You never know when who might need help to power a chainsaw or use it to get a heavy truck to the nearest town.
Besides the mini-tools on the knife in your emergency backpack, you may want to put a shovel, hammer, hacksaw, ax, and a hatchet or machete in your basement or storm shelter. You can also put these items in your vehicle, just in case. Some survivalists even have small kits at the office. You will make use of hand tools like a screwdriver, wrench, pliers, and a pair of wire cutters. Tin snips are also good to keep around in case you need to cut metal away from an area where someone is trapped. Household supplies like fireproof matches, candles, plastic storage bags, and garbage bags come in handy. For cooking, you may want to remember to keep a pot or two, some tongs, and a spatula in your prep room or kit as well.
Additional Supplies for Extreme Situations
When you have a prep room or a storm shelter, you can build up a stockpile of supplies that will take care of your family for weeks in the worst case. By keeping several drinking cups with water filters, you can ensure that any water source is clean and pure should your supply run low. A prep room is an excellent place to put extra clothing, blankets, and food stores. You can use plastic storage bins for anything cloth, and metal shelves will suffice for can goods and non-perishables. Remember to stock a small emergency kit in your backpack and a larger one for your safe place. Always add extra bandages, antibiotic cream, disinfectant spray, sutures, burn cream, and other medical supplies to the kit when you have a little extra money.
Being ready for any disaster will help you and your family get through the tough times. By stocking up supplies when you have the time, money, and energy, you can have peace of mind that even when the worst happens, you have the basics on hand. The key is to have a plan, and a place where the family can access supplies should the unthinkable happen.
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