Be Prepared: Essential Steps for Disaster Survival

By: Kate Ward  |  September 18, 2014

Emergency Preparedness tips

How the world will end is an idea that has snowballed into some interesting theories. Many get caught up in those crazy ideas and look past the threat of a real disaster. A disaster could occur at any given moment.

With that being said, you can’t always avoid disaster, but you can be prepared for it. Obtaining emergency equipment now will prevent more destruction and stress if a disaster was to arise. Equipment could range from food storage to 24-hour kits in the back of your car. Here are a few things to keep in mind to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

Read Up
There are numerous amounts of resources available to better understand how to prepared. It is important to read about potential types of disasters including tornados, fires, technical hazards, attacks, etc. You want to understand the risks of each potential disaster and what disasters could affect where you live. Know what the emergency alerts sound like and look like for each disaster. Take precaution and be well read.

Have a Plan
After reviewing and familiarizing yourself with disaster related material, be sure to create a plan. It is important for everyone in the family to understand how to react. It will help things to go smoother if a disaster occurs. Discuss where to meet, how to get ahold of each other, what to do if someone gets separated, etc. There is no such thing as being too prepared. You want everyone to understand and feel comfortable with the plan if a disaster were to strike.

Invest in a Kit
When disaster strikes, it is important to have a kit to make it through the first couple days of your emergency. You want to have water, food, light, money, warmth, shelter, and communication means in a portable kit. Many emergency preparedness companies provide kits and have the option to make your own. Kits are essential to disaster survival.

Create Food Storage
The thought of pre-packaged food with a shelf-life of 25 years sounds pretty appetizing right? Luckily, food storage companies have vastly increased the taste and look of emergency prepared foods. Options for meals include freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, turkey chili, and even allergy-friendly options. Food storage meals have advanced tremendously and will continue to advance in the years to come. Make sure you also have water storage too. You use water for meals, bathing and most importantly drinking. Invest in water storage solutions, including packaged water and water filtration devices. It is important to feel confident that if a disaster were to strike, you would be prepared.

There is no such thing as being too prepared, especially when it comes to disaster preparedness. Following these simple, but effective tips, will protect you and your family if a disaster were to strike.

About Kate Ward

Kate has a degree in communications and enjoys being outdoors.

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