Whether you're worried about severe winter storms, extreme hurricanes, an outbreak of tornadoes or a major earthquake, the time spent making a disaster plan is never time wasted. There are always tasks that need to be taken care of and preparations to be made, which means no pair of hands should be left idle. Taking a critical look at everything you need to address will help you to prioritize tasks, and assign each one to a member of your family who can handle the responsibility.
Stock Up Early
The further in advance of a disaster you can be prepared, the less time you'll need to spend assembling supplies. Make sure you have sufficient food and water to provide for each of your household members for at least three days, including food, water and any hygienic necessities. Everything should be stored in airtight containers, and should be usable even without power, which may mean finding an alternate heat source for anything that needs cooked to be consumable.
It's not enough to just have a standing supply on hand either, so avoid complacency by assigning someone the task of checking expiration dates at least once a month. Canned and dried goods can still spoil, even if it takes longer, so look for swollen cans, ruptured seals, and signs of rodent activity around your stockpile. This will help to ensure that your supplies are safe to use when you need them and avoid potential sources of food poisoning during an emergency situation.
Be Prepared to Leave
No matter how secure or safe your location may seem, there are always circumstances which may arise that can force you to evacuate. The less time you have to spend getting ready to depart, the more time you can spend actually moving, so any preparations you can make in advance will save you valuable minutes. It all starts by setting up packs that each person in your group can comfortably carry.
If you can be certain that your group won't be separated during an evacuation, then you can spread the load out based on each person's capability. Adults can carry the heaviest items, such as canned goods or water, while children can carry lighter items, such as clothing, spare shoes and non-essential tools. Alternately, to minimize the risk of losing something vital, each pack can be made into a copy of the others, with an equal portion of food, supplies and other necessities contained in each. If you don't feel comfortable compiling emergency kits on your own, consider looking for disaster survival kits for sale online.
How you choose to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency is best left to you and your family to decide. Knowing what you need to address in order to ensure you have the best chance at making it through will help you make the most informed decisions possible.
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