Evacuations are happening during most hurricanes, and you should always understand that with all of the different natural disasters in place, it’s never too early to talk to your family about the emergency plans. The emergency go-bag should always be one of the primary focuses of this discussion of course.
Now, depending on the area you live in, some of the natural disasters include tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, even terrorist attacks are all things to consider. You should pack for all of these. You should build an emergency supply kit not just for temporary means, but also something you can grab right away when you need it.
Minimally, you should always have food, water, a battery or a hand-cranked radio, batteries, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. From there, you should also build it based on how many people you have in your home, or pets as well.
Water is your first thing you should have on hand. Stock away, and purchase pouches of water or potable water in the event of an emergency. It’s best to carry you the filtration system, and you should make sure that you minimally have a filer as long as you have access to water that runs. If you’re someone who wants to stash gallons of water, then great, but the thing is, I’s so much easier with a basic water filtration system.
Water purification tablets are a weightless alternative, but again, you will need a lot of these, whereas the filtration system might be good if you already have everything.
You should make sure that you have three days’ worth of food, whether it be survival food bars that contain your daily calorie limit, or just a few cliff bars or other energy bars if you want something that’s a little more palatable.
Lighting and a Whistle
Like they always say, let there be light, and tea candles and flashlights are probably the best for a home or dwelling if you need t a lot of light in places.
However, fi the space is compact, and you need your hands, you should minimally get a headlamp.
Some people don’t even realize how important lights are, but at night, even small problems will become bigger problems if you don’t know what you’re doing. Flashlights are handy, but headlamps are your best. You can get about 200 hours of light on these too.
You also should minimally have a whistle. This is more important for those survival situations where you’re lost, especially if you can’t get cellular service, or the battery poops out. Signal whistles are great for alerting others of your location, and are wonderful for locating other people if the situation becomes a hazard.
Dust Mark and Solar Chargers
Two things that people don’t usually remember are these. But, in events where you’re working with structures, the debris, the fumes, or even gas leaks can cause respiratory issues. In the event of a fire, it can also affect your ability to breathe. Surgical or painter’s masks usually work well if you’re on a budget, but there are also other models that are a bit pricier that will filter out a lot of the little particulates, and they tend to last longer. Look at what you need to filter out the air best, and then buy the mask that you’ll use.
Solar chargers are another one that you should use, and oftentimes, they can charge your devices such as phones and tablets with a days’ worthof fun. Rechargeable battery packs are your best option, and it’s a good thing to have on hand. But, one of the downsides to these types of chargers s that you may have outdated and old batteries, so you can definitely make it so that you have the right batteries on hand in the event that you might lose power.
There are also other items that you might need too, especially medications and prescriptions, especially those that are used to keep you alive, along with medical items that might be necessary, such as blood pressure monitors and glucose monitors that you might need. Diabetes especially will need this too, and if you have glasses, pack a spare if you can, have sanitary napkins and towelettes, paper maps of your locale, tweezers, scissors, some duct tape, watches that are wind resistant, change, cash, and traveler’s checks in the event shat you may have to travel a little bit in order to stay safe.
What about for One Person
For those of us who are alone, you have to be prepared. The goal for the singular person is to find friends and family, and you should have both evacuation and communication plan, and you should sit down with the family and discuss it out, and also share with colleagues and friends what you need in the event that something was to happen, such as someone outside your immediately family is a able to track you down.
Along with the basics, there are a few things that those who are alone needed to have on hand.
First, you need a multi-tool, and they can do everything from help you with first aid to even making fires and repairing your electronics. You can get one that comes with a sharp knife, a pair of pliers, and some tweezers or even a can opener in many cases. You should look for one that you can use for pretty much any situation. The immense power of these is amazing to behold, and you should realize what it is that you’re using in each case.
You should also have extra clothing. Pack for the climate with the weather you experience the most. From another coat and gloves to even more walking shoes. You’ll want to make sure that you have a base layer, insulation layers such as puffy jackets or a fleece hooded sweatshirt or vest, and then finally the wind and rain-resistant, but along with that breathable, layers as well. Have all of this on hand, especially if you live in a place that’s susceptible to these types of emergencies.
Finally, we discussed this before, but you need a weather or emergency radio that can tune to both AM and FM signals along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration channel. In the event of emergencies, especially those with weather related concerns, the radio is your best one for weather partners, orders of evacuation, or even news from your local authorities. Portable, powered radios are great for keeping yourself connected with the world outside, even if you’re in a shelter or stuck in a cellar. There are so many different types, and they can work based off a battery, hand crank, solar energy, or even USBs.
No matter what you get though, this is the basics that you should have on hand. For families, you might want to consider other items such as mylar blankets for everyone, bleach to help keep everything that’s in your home and to treat waters, and waterproof containers for everyone’s valuable documents. This is all very important.
Have all this on
hand, and you’ll be ready for everything.