By: Debbie Pfluger www.uncommomspaces.com
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A DISASTER.
Where I live, in Wisconsin, this begins the time when we are prone to storms. Including thunder storms, tornadoes, and wind storms. I’ve personally witnessed one tornado, and it wasn’t a fun time. Ever since then, I’ve learned to be more aware of the weather, and how to be more prepared for when bad weather strikes. There are several things you can do. Understand what disasters can affect your area, and know what to do to be safe. Another very important thing you can do is to build an emergency kit. I would like to take the time now, to help you be prepared and to build your own kit.
First of all, you want to make sure your storm kit is always stocked. Most items are inexpensive, and easy to find. Any one of them could save your life.
Once you have your basic items, then you can decide what other unique items your family may need. Like if you have pets, or an elderly person lives with you. Keep in mind, after an emergency you might have to survive on your own for up to 72 hours. That means you will need enough supplies, food, water, ect, for each member of your family to last that amount of time.
BUILDING YOUR BASIC SUPPLY KIT
You will want to store your items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire supply kit into 1 or 2 easy to carry plastic containers. Your kit should include the following items
- Water – One gallon per person per day. For drinking and sanitation.
- Food – At least a 3 day supply of non perishable food.
- Battery powered or hand crank radio.
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air. And plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.
- Toilet paper or towelettes, garbage bags for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phones with chargers, and back ups.
These are the items unique to your family. That includes as follows.
- prescription meds.
- non prescription meds such as asprin, anti diarreah, antacids.
- glasses and contact solution.
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers
- Pet food
- important family documents
- sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- extra clothing and shoes
- matches in a water proof conatiner
- personal hygiene items
- plastic eatery, plates and napkins.
- activities for children.
Once you have all these areas covered, you need to maintain your kit. So it will be ready when needed.
- Keep any canned food in a cool dry place.
- Store boxed food in a tightly closed plastic container.
- Replace expired items.
- Rethink your needs every year and update as your families needs change.
STORAGE FOR YOUR KITS