Are You Prepared For Emergencies?

Power outages are quite common when it comes to severe weather, flooding, and other natural disasters. Most of us are able to get on quite nicely for a few minutes or even hours without electricity, but what about those rare cases where the power goes out for a period of days or even weeks? How prepared and ready would your family be in case of such an eventuality? We recommend having an emergency kit on hand to make proper provision for your family members in the event that you are stranded in a home with little or no power for an extended period.

A lot of folks think that simply having a stockpile of food and water is enough, and this sort of thinking is an excellent start. However, there are additional elements that can be brought to bear that will make your downtime more bearable, and above all, safer. Your emergency severe weather survival kit should be put together now while there is no immediate threat. This way, you are prepared when the threat becomes a reality.

Items in your emergency kit should include:

Items in your emergency kit should include:

  • Bottled water for every family member for a period of four to five days.
  • Non-perishable food items and a can opener.
  • A hand cranked radio to allow you to remain aware of constantly changing weather conditions.
  • A flashlight with spare batteries.
  • A foil blanket and a first aid kit.
  • Garbage bags, hand sanitizers, and plastic ties to allow for proper personal hygiene.
  • A supply of dust masks to help filter any contaminated air.
  • Warm clothes and sleeping bags, enough for each person in the home.
  • A cell phone with a portable charger.
  • Any medications required by those living in the home.
  • Any insurance papers or other important documents.

Keep in mind that this is not a perfect list, but rather some recommendations for the basics. Your family may have unique and special needs that you will have to identify and provide for on your own. Make detailed lists and make sure that they are fulfilled as precisely as possible. Do not forget that your pets are members of your family, and as such, they should be taken care of with regard to food, medications, etc.

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