If there’s one thing you can count on as much as death and taxes, it’s emergencies. From natural disasters to house fires, emergencies are an inescapable part of life. In order to remain as secure as possible, we recommend you keep the following things on hand:
First Aid Kit
It goes without saying that every home should have a basic first aid kit. Your kit should include bandages, small splints, a pain reliever, iodine or antibiotic cream, gauze and water purification tablets.
At the first sign of a potential disaster, you should have spare water receptacles you can fill to capacity. The experts from Bruce MacKay Pump & Well Service, INC say if the pipes run dry, at least you will be prepared.
What would you do if the food supply were interrupted? Keeping a few day’s worth of canned foods in storage answers that question. Cured meats and dried fruits and vegetables also work well.
Solar Powered Radio
Commercial radio is still one of the best forms of communication during an emergency. So keep a solar powered radio in your home. Some newer radios come with hand cranks to keep them going through the nighttime.
Did you know that hypothermia is a real possibility even in moderately warm weather? Avoid hypothermia by making sure you have warm blankets on hand.
Though it’s never good idea to keep large amounts of cash in the house, it’s important to have at least a little bit in the face of a pending disaster. Without electricity, your credit and debit cards might be worthless.
Nothing is more frustrating than being in an emergency situation without the right hand tools. Keep a small toolbox with several screwdrivers, a hammer, a utility knife, etc.
A disaster capable of knocking out gasoline delivery could leave you immobile. Keeping a little gas in storage will ensure you can drive during an emergency.
Every computer owner should be creating regular backups of important data. This data could be a lifesaver if your computer is destroyed.
It’s always a good idea to purchase a high quality personal safe to store your important documents in. Those documents include birth certificates, marriage licenses, Social Security cards, etc.
Keeping you and your family secure during an emergency requires a bit of planning. If you implement a safety plan, including the 10 items listed above, you should be able make it through most disasters.
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.