You can never be too safe, especially when it comes to protecting your family. I am from the east coast and we are expecting a hurricane in a few days so I thought I would write an entry on preparing supplies and safety proceedures for protecting your family and pets.
The first step is to be informed. Stay on top of the news for the latest in the situation if it is one such as a tornado warning or hurricane so you can be prepared. If you live in other areas that are prone to other disasters, always keep something on hand for emergency situations such as the survival kit I will talk about below.
Plan for your risks. If you contact your local emergency management offices, they can help identify hazzards in your area and outline the recommendations for a plan.
Many times your home may be without power for several days or even longer. It is best to prepare for this by keeping an emergency kit on hand. A good basic kit to have is:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Pet food and enough water for your pet
Of course this kit can be tailored to fit your needs. Other additional supplies would be:
Cash and traveler’s check and change
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Change of clothing
Emergency first aid kit
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Matches in a waterproof container
Personal hygene items
Paper cups, plates, napkins, utensils, paper towels
Paper and pen
Books, games, puzzles and other activities for kids
Radio with batteries
Have a family meeting and discuss the use and need for the kit. Keep the bag in the same place at all times so whoever needs to grab it knows where to find it.
Just because you have the kit, don’t let it get old. Test and examine, repack and replace items in the kit every 6 months to ensure they are fresh.