If you are preparing for the Big Earthquake, the Great Flood, the total breakdown of law and order in your area, fires, or any other emergency, whether big or small, you need to make sure you have an Emergency preparedness plan. You need to be prepared or else you might find out the hard way that your friendly neighborhood grocery stores and convenience stores become very far from convenient in the event an emergency, whether natural or man-made, strikes. Keep the following tips in mind. You might want to create a checklist for each of these items so you have the proper items stocked and you don’t miss anything.
Stock Enough Food and Water
This part of the list is quite obvious. You need to stock enough food and water for you and your family to live through a calamity. However, merely stocking canned food or instant noodle soup is not enough. You have to think through your food choices. Find out about which food items are the most critical during an emergency by going to the Sold Out After Crisis Reviews site.
First, you shouldn’t stock food that requires hot water. Why?
You might not have access to firewood or electricity or other types of heat sources if an emergency strikes. Since you don’t have access, all that stocked instant noodle meals would be just wasted-unless you want to eat the noodles dry.
Second, you need to focus on defining ‘enough.’ This can impact how much food you store and for how long. The good news is that most canned food items can keep for several years under normal conditions. The bad news is that you still have to keep track of your food stores and be ready to toss out expired items unless you want to be shocked by opening cans of spoiled food.
Know First Aid and Stock Proper Medical Supplies
When it comes to medical assistance, make sure you and your whole family know First Aid basics. These are fairly easy to understand and learn. Make sure you are able to make full use of your newly acquired first aid training by making sure you keep the proper medical supplies. These should be able to handle the basics like disinfecting wounds, dressing wounds, setting broken bones, and other common trauma- or accident-related injuries.
Have the proper security/defense equipment
This is one of the most difficult decision you will have to make when it comes to preparing your family for emergencies. You need to protect your family in the event of an emergency. When there is a major storm, flooding, or earthquake, one of the first things to go is usually law and order.
Looting is a common experience.
However, if the emergency drags on for some time, like during Hurricane Katrina, law and order can truly break out as people forage for supplies. This can lead to friction and crime. To protect yourself and your family’s physical safety, you need to have the proper defense equipment.
Depending on the laws in your area, your choices may range from simple baseball bats, crowbars, and short knives to shotguns, assault rifles, and, of course, handguns.
Check with the laws in your local jurisdiction.
Regardless of which particular defense equipment you choose, make sure you take the necessary classes so you know how to use the equipment well. Nothing is more dangerous than a gun in untrained hands. You wouldn’t be protecting anyone if you are going to use a gun or other weapon without adequate training.
Follow the emergency plan above. Make checklists. Make sure all members of your family know where your supplies are and have the proper first aid and other training. Don’t let circumstances take you and your loved ones by surprise.