The chances of actually encountering a disaster are slim. However, as long as the potential exists it’s important that you are prepared. If there were a major disaster today and you were trapped in your home would you be able to survive for a few days? If you can’t answer yes to this question then it’s time that you start making some changes in your life.
Disaster preparedness can help you to be ready if the unthinkable happens. It’s far too easy in modern society to get a false sense of security and not properly prepare yourself. The truth is that all it takes is one man-made or natural disaster to throw the world around you into chaos. Because of the potential dangers that surround us all it’s important that you take disaster preparedness seriously. This means that you need to plan on what to do if a disaster strikes, and also need to have supplies on hand so that you can sustain yourself, and your family for a lengthy period of time.
In addition to stocking your house with food and supplies, you should also prepare a disaster survival kit for each of your vehicles. While you will probably not be able to leave your home in the even of a disaster, it’s always best to be prepared to move should the need arise.
Long Term Food Storage and Supplies
The first thing you need to do in disaster preparedness is to make sure your home is well stocked with supplies. As a general rule of thumb, you need to have at least three days worth of food and water stored in your home. It’s very important that the food you store is shelf stable and doesn’t require refrigeration since during a disaster you will likely be without power. Some examples of foods you should have are canned fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, crackers, beef jerky, and bottled water. Some of the best food to store is the MRE. In addition to food, you also need to have a stockpile of medications, and also other essential living supplies. Keeping flashlights, as well as matches or a lighter, as well as candles are also a lt. To heat up food having a small, portable, propane stove is also a good idea. When stocking your house for disaster preparedness try to think about what types of items you will need if your utilities are all turned off. Once your house is stocked with supplies make sure that you take the time to put the basic essentials into your vehicles as well. Keeping water, medical kit, blankets, and some canned goods in your car will come in very handy if you need to be on the move during a disaster.
The one major thing that you need to remember is that it’s always better to prepare with a worse case scenario in mind. Because if you don’t you are leaving yourself and your family vulnerable if the worst does happen.