Severe Weather Season!

Disaster Volunteers

Severe weather can happen any time of the year, no matter where you live, so you need to be prepared! Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, fire or flooding, having supplies on hand could save your life. Power outages, loss of water supply, road blockages can all cut you off from the every day supplies we rely on. Here is a list of important things for you to store away for when disaster strike.

Essential Item you will need in an emergency.

1. Water

Water is of course at the top of our list. Having a large storage tank of water with a manual pump is great, but you should keep a supply of portable jugs on hand in case you need to evacuate. 5 gal per is a good starting point, more if you have the room to store it.

2. Light

Battery operated flash lights and lanterns are important, but only last so long, So be sure to stock extra batteries. Having emergency candles on hand, which are made to burn slower, and some water proof matches will prove to be helpful.

3. First Aid Kit 

No emergency supply kit can be without a first aid kit, getting medical attention quickly during a disaster won’t be easy.

First Aid Kit

4. Food

Storing food for an emergency is important, as food supply in stores deplete quickly during emergencies. Storing can goods and non-perishable food are you best options. Be sure to rotate these supplies with fresh ones every few months. Add some plastic plates and utensils for better eating conditions.

5. Medication

While you can’t usually store medication for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to place a large note of reminder in with you supplies so you remember to grab them if you need to leave.

6. Radio

Having a battery operated or hand crank radio to keep you informed of the conditions around you is very helpful. It will let you know when the situation is past or if you need to evacuate and the best route to take.

7. Tool Box

Having a small easy to store and carry tool box or pouch, containing screw drivers, knives, saw and pliers, will be very handy in any disaster.

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Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

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Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or blizzard, most people are not prepared for a disaster when it strikes. It can be the difference between survival and death and also the difference in getting life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Having a plan is the first part of being prepared for a disaster, knowing who is where and where to go to meet up or be contacted will help reduce the stress of the situation. Having a tote packed and ready to go with certain items is a great idea when you have to get out fast.

Here is a list of some items you will want to pack up in your survival kit:

Basic Items for Survival

Water: One gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; double if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing. Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet’s water needs, too.

Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they’re in a form that stores easily, such as cereal bars and trail mix with dried fruit. Include some treats that have a long shelf life, such as Tootsie Rolls. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.

Flashlights and extra batteries: “Candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended,” says David Riedman, a public affairs officer with FEMA.

Battery-operated radio: Red Cross radios are available at multiple retailers and online.

First-Aid Supplies.

Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies.

Additional Items:

  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and dust masks — in case you need to seal your home or shelter from airborne contaminants
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Toys or other comfort items for kids
  • Cash

Also it is good to take important papers with you.

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