A natural disaster can happen at any time. Some disasters give warning like a storm preceding a flood. Others, like earthquakes or tsunamis, give no warning. Once a disaster happens, the time to prepare is gone and all you can do is cope. Take the next few minutes to examine what you can do to prepare. Anything you do today to will be like making a deposit in your survivability savings account for withdrawal in tough times.
The VESTPAK-USAFE.COM has composed a list of recommended supplies for your car, home, and work location. At a minimum, you should prepare to be isolated and on your own for at least a minimum of 3 days and nights. There will likely be the loss of utilities after a disaster. Power outages are a given, but water may be scarce as well. The phone system may be inoperable. Your only source of news will be the car radio, assuming your local radio station has generator equipment. There might not be medical help for minor cuts or broken bones for several days.
With the loss of power comes side effects you may not think of. There will be no gasoline available. (Without power, there is no way to pump the gas.) You might be far from home. Your car's heater might be your only source of heat. The money in your pocket will have to last until power is returned. Some supplies may be available, but buying some items like a manual can opener will be impossible. Cash cards will be useless if power or phone lines are lost. Many stores will have a hard time opening since items don't have prices on them anymore, thanks to scanning cash registers! You get the picture.
How to Prepare for an Emergency
You could be just about anywhere when a disaster strikes; in the bathroom, driving to the store, sitting at your desk at work, or in the back yard. But remember, you will most likely be at, or near one of the following:
- At Home
- Your Car
- At Work
You need to have supplies on hand at each location. It may sound like overkill, but you can't expect all three locations to be unscathed if a large disaster strikes. If you store provisions at each location, you will cover most of the likely situations. Another note: pets may not be allowed into shelters for health and space reasons. Prepare an emergency pen for pets in the home that includes, at a minimum, a three (3) day supply of dry food and a large container of water.
Some Things You Can Do to Prepare
We recommend starting small and slowly building up your supplies over time as your finances permit. Look the list over, and try to understand why some of the items are listed. What we all really need to survive is food, water, and shelter. Beyond these three categories, everything else is just for comfort. But again, anything you can put away now may be greatly appreciated if you are ever in time of need!
Prepare At Home
Home is where you can do the most to be prepared.
Know your house:
Know your neighbors and neighborhood
Know your family
Supplies to Store at Home
— these items are available for immidiatley shipping at VESTPAK-USAFE.COM
Items for Baby (if needed)
Prepare At Work and in your Car
The VESTPAK-USAFE.COM has several Supplies to Store at Workt and basic supply kits that are ideal for your desk/workplace/car. Items that you may want to consider to have on hand at work/car include:
MRE's - Meals ready to eat or food rations
Emergency blanket (aka "Space Blanket")
Flashlight with extra batteries or chemical light sticks
First aid kit / medical supplies
and Much more
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