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Everywhere you turn these days there is some sort of disaster wreaking havoc in our world. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. These natural disasters are really nothing new, but it does appear they are more prevalent now. Is disaster preparedness something you should consider?
How Prepared Do You Need to be?
My husband and I live and travel in our motor home, but when we had our home we had a spare bedroom containing several shelving units, stocked full of non-perishable goods.
We had every type of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. We had military rations, called MREs
which were actually pretty good. Our shelves contained pressed food bars chock-full of vitamins and minerals, compressed food “Survival Tabs” that tasted like malted milk, canned goods we rotated as necessary and an abundant supply of water.
Now, living in an RV, we don’t have the room for supplies of that magnitude. How do you know what to stock, how long to keep it and how long will it last?
For us, living in an RV, ensures that we can “bug-out” on a moment’s notice. We keep our water tank full of fresh water, our gray and black tanks empty and our gas tank full. The type of emergency will dictate what location we can bug out to.
Simple Emergency Kit or Full-On Prepper Mode?
We should all have an emergency bag full of daily essentials, including extra clothing, first-aid kit, a supply of non-perishable food and water. It just makes good common sense.
For years, I had a back-pack filled with spare clothes, basic toiletries, small first aide kit, sewing kit and simple foods to last a couple of days. I also had a bag for each of my kids. This just made sense to me. I stowed these bags in the trunk of my car. My husband and I still do the same to this day.
Of course, most of our travel these days is in our RV and we carry everything with us. Since no one knows exactly when disaster will strike or an emergency will arise, it pays to be prepared. We do a lot of day travel in our car too, so our bag is always packed and stowed in the trunk of our car.
A prepper, sometimes referred to as a doomsday prepper typically takes this preparation several steps further. Fall-out shelters, underground bunkers, weapons training, storage of large amounts of food, water, and vegetable seeds are just a few items on the list of most hard-core preppers
The Top Five Things to do in a Disaster
Being as prepared as possible will go a long way in easing stress and fear when (and if) disaster strikes. These are the top five things to do in the event of an emergency:
- Always have your “go bag” or backpack up to date.
- Devise an evacuation plan and meeting point with family
- Complete a family communication plan
- Determine the best escape routes
- Learn how and when to shut off water, gas & electricity at the shut-off valves
There are numerous other preparations and precautions to take to ensure you and your family survive any type of emergency or disaster. Do your research and prepare accordingly.
What’s in your Go Bag?
- Fresh water – enough for 3 days. Approximately one gallon per person, per day.
- Canned food, MREs or other foods that are easy to prepare and don’t require preparation.
- Basic cuttlery and manual can opener
- At least a 3-day supply of medicines
- Well stocked first aide kit
- Personal care items (soap, tooth brushes, baby wipes, diapers)
- Baby formula, baby food, baby care essentials
- Emergency blankets for each family member
- Extra batteries
- Portable water filter or water filtration system
- Battery powered radio, solar powered or wind-up.
- Cell phone chargers, portable chargers
- Copies of important documents (birth certificates, insurance, immunization records)
- Extra cash, extra keys to house and car
- Pet needs, dog food, cat food, shot records
- With your own needs and your families needs in mind, taylor your go-bag accordingly
Get familiar with the Emergency Management Agency in your area and know the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” Potential threats signified as a “watch” means that there is a high probably that a weather emergency will happen. A “warning” means that an emergency is already in progress or will happen very soon.
Plan, prepare and practice.