Emergency preparedness is important. Especially, when you want to survive and live longer. It all starts by having an emergency bag at home. However, do you know which are the most important items that you must have in case of a natural disaster? It’s important to have the right emergency supplies in your home before disaster strikes.
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you need in the event of an emergency or disaster. You may start asking yourself, “Will my family survive for the next 72 hours?”
You should know how to protect and take care of your family for at least 72 hours when a disaster happens. Learn how smooth and easy it is when you become prepared for facing emergencies, no matter where and when the circumstance is.
Use this feature to help you prepare your kit and you may include the 10 items you may not have thought of when preparing for disaster.
1. Large Supply of Refillable Water Bottle
For sure, you need to be hydrated in times of disaster. You will never know if a water will be available in a disaster zone or perhaps you will run out of stock. Using refillable water bottles allows you drink water even your supply of water is out of hand already.
Make sure it’s handy and clean, can hold enough volume of water but not bulky to carry on while you are trekking across the town. You need this, not just the water but a bottle can be refilled wherever you may be during or after the disaster.
2. Power Bank and Satellite Phone
When people have lost their homes and many are in need of food and water, cellular service may not be the top priority in your town. Having an extra battery life will help your mobile phone serve its purpose.
Well, this item might be a little expensive but this is very important to keep during times of emergencies. When you’re so desperate to find help and no one around you are familiar to you, then it will be much accessible for you to contact them.
3. Extra Cash
Having an extra cash will make a difference. Remember that there might be a possibility that you will need to purchase important supply that may have run out. Prepare at least $100 on handbills enough for your whole family.
4. Local Map
Preparing local map guides the whole family; this is the best use for families who are just new in the town. However, when a disaster strikes, believe me, it will be a different world to live in.
Especially, cases like flash flood happen. For instance, a strong hurricane strike or a flash flood occurs, everything will turn into a messy place and a new deserted island. Be sure to locate the area in case you need to look for a shelter.
5. Phone Directory/Contact List
Of course, you can predict that lines may be cut out for several hours, so the phone book in your cell phone might not be useful. Instead, the hard copy of your contacts is safe in a phone directory.
You may also try writing on a piece of paper those emergency hotlines or relatives that can help rescue you. You can try to ask your kids to memorize telephone numbers of a specific person or office. Kids love to in charge sometimes.
6. Disposable Utensils
You wouldn’t want another load in your “go-bag”, right? Then having disposable utensils is a great idea to save space and force. But take note, you can reuse these plastic utensils over and over.
Disposable utensils can be thrown away easily, but hey, this item helps reduce the chance of attracting electrical current when hurricane or thunderstorm happens.
7. Multipurpose Tool
In terms of tools, you will never know what you might need or used during an emergency, so make sure your multipurpose tool comes in handy, like a Swiss Army knife.
This is one good item you wouldn’t miss to include in your survival kit. If this is unavailable, then try purchasing it, you never know how this multi-tool gives its service. It might be a little expensive but it’s worth it.
Do not take this item undervalued during a disaster because this is indispensable to your survival. Inside this multi-tool includes:
- Folding knife
- Strong pliers
- Hole punch
- Phillips and flat screw
- Small saw
- Wire cutter
- Mini scissor
8. Air Mask
Any kind of mask will do, as long as it will help protect your breathing. This is vital especially to those who have a respiratory condition. When a wildfire strike, there will be a lot of explosions that can pollute the air.
Aside from the air pollution, air mask intends to protect your health generally. Make sure kids have this during the disaster. Children are susceptible to any respiratory viruses and infections, and mask may help shun the possibility.
9. Hand Crank Radio (preferably with LED Flashlight)
Communication is one of the keys to emergency survival and being informed of the status or updates is important. You need to stay informed. Your mobile phones may not work due to downed towers or run out of battery, but a radio will.
Hand-crank multi-band radios are best for emergency situations and recent radio models are equipped with LED flashlights, so that’s two in one kit.
10. Personal Documents
Never forget to bring along your important documents despite the chaos disaster brought into your place or at home. Secure it in a safe and locked container, you have to expect the worst-case scenarios of these documents, so better yet, secure its safety.
This may help you to be identified and for future security as well, so save and take with you your personal documents such as passport, birth certificates, insurance policies, medication list and medical information, proof of address or lease, copies of credit cards, checks. Others like a copy of your will, and other contracts and deeds.
As we have witnessed different hurricanes, snowstorm, wildfire, flash floods and other natural or man-made disasters, the price of being prepared is priceless as priceless of each life to be saved.
Conclusion: These 10 items do not only limit to 10 but if you feel that there must be other things to prepare and fill in your kit, then go for it. You can start by having specialized tools or equipment at home that can help you for the disaster before it comes, respond to it, and when it is done, get over, recover swiftly.
About the author: Karen Pagan is the author for PreparedBee.com. She has been working with writing for over three years. She spends most of her off-work time reading books, practicing dance, and catching up with the new TV shows she’s been missing. You can reach her at karen (at) preparedbee (dot) com https://preparedbee.com/