Be Disaster Ready

Oct 25

Be Disaster Ready

Although it might seem unthinkable at times for disaster to strike us at our own home rather than happening to people living elsewhere as seen on TV, misfortune knows and respects no boundaries. If you are caught unprepared, you’ll have to compete against the teeming multitudes for limited supplies, something that is likely to turn ugly and unpleasant.

Here are the top five things that you’ll need if disaster strikes:


1. Clean drinking water is the single most important item on this list. Each person needs at least one gallon of daily water, plus more if they are either ill, in less than 100% condition, or living in a hot climate. You should have at least enough water to last three days.


2. Food. You need more water than food, but food is still important. Canned and dried survival foods tend to be excellent since they can last a long time. However, you can also get away with items like cereal, trail mix, and peanut butter so long as you check expiration dates on a regular basis.


3. Good Clothes. Although there is some leeway depending on where you live, you should have weather-appropriate clothing on hand. Even if you live in a temperate climate, temperatures can drop quickly at night. Similarly, if you live in a region prone to precipitation, get rain gear.


4. First Aid Kit. You’ll need a first aid kit with usage instructions. If you or a family member need other medical supplies like insulin, it might also be wise to stock up on those pharmaceuticals.

5. Tools. Having a multi-tool plus supplies such as duct tape can be helpful in a number of cases. For example, if your window is broken, you can patch that up temporarily with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Similarly, having canned food is no good if you don’t have a can opener!