Recent weather events, civil unrest and failures in distribution and services have made it clear that prepping for emergencies and disasters is important for the survival of yourself and your family. If you carefully prepare for these emergencies, you will be ready to manage any disaster that occurs. Here are four critical supplies you should have in storage to handle any emergency situation.
Humans cannot survive longer than a few days without water, so preparing for your water needs is critical. You should have a supply of gallon jugs of drinkable water in storage for each member of your family. Water storage containers and a countertop water filtration unit will allow you to use water sources that are available during an emergency. Water purification tablets should also be in your prep storage.
Supplies to local supermarkets may be cut off during a disaster, so you should have a good supply of shelf-stable staples on hand, such as peanut butter, crackers, nuts, trail mix, power bars, granola bars and powdered milk. Canned soups, chili, meats, fruits and vegetables are also good and will last a while. Seeds for sprouting fresh greens should also be a part of your stored items.
You should have a generator in your supplies, though there are a few different kinds. Both fuel-powered and solar powered generators have their pros and cons so evaluate your needs and decide which generator would best fit them. If you are using a fuel-powered generator, remember to store your gas safely and to rotate your supply regularly. If you have an oil heat furnace, make sure to have a stockpile of heating oil as well.
You should also keep a variety of flashlights and lanterns in your supplies as well. Make sure you have enough batteries to run these for an extended period of time, and keep extra batteries as well for any other device that might require them.
First Aid Supplies
Emergency conditions can involve injuries that need immediate care. A well-stock first aid kit will ensure that you can help when someone is injured. Put together a kit to have on hand that contains a variety of necessary items, such as:
· Gauze bandages
· Medical tape
· Band-Aids in various sizes
· Antiseptic ointment or cream
· Alcohol wipes
· Nitrile gloves
· Ace bandage
· Triangle sling
· Anti-diarrheal medication
· Charcoal tablets to counteract poisoning
· Pain relievers
· Antihistamine tablets
· Ammonia inhalant
· CPR mask
· Dental repair kit
· First aid manual
During an emergency or disaster, the services people generally rely on may not be available. Having a good supply of basic items on hand will help you to handle your needs and the needs of your family, until the situation stabilizes. These four necessities will ensure that you are ready for any eventuality
About the Author:
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.