The fact of the matter is that nobody knows just exactly are the specific problems that could eventually result during a major emergency. The best thing one could possibly do is make himself prepare for anything that could happen.
The following are some of the tips, advice and recommendation in order to amply prepare for an emergency. The following are from the emergency service from the California office of the Red Cross.
Water is life, life is water
As much as possible, try to keep a water supply of a gallon for every person each day and enough to go on for up to three to seven days.
Water should be kept in containers made of plastic. Also, make sure that you also have filters and tablets for the purposes of purification ready and available when needed.
Store food for you and your family
Food that is not as easily perishable should be stored for you and your family. Those foods must be enough to last you, your family, as well as your pets, for three days up until one week.
Examples of such foods are canned goods, dehydrated meals, powdered juices, boxed vegetables and food.
Have an alternative
It is always a wise idea to have a cooking source that could serve as an alternative besides the usual electric stove you may be used to.
Having a barbecue stove or a propane stove on hand is the best recourse if in case the electricity goes out or if gas becomes no longer available.
However, if you are to utilize propane, ensure that the tank is completely full and that an extra propane tank is also available.
Have a ready and available stock of clothes for your kids and yourself as well as sleeping bags.
Having a steady supply of good wood is also a good idea as these could be used for those fireplaces or for stoves that use wood for burning.
Have a light
A good flashlight is one item that you simply could not do without especially during emergencies. Consider using recharging through solar means as well as units that are cranked by hand. This is in order to avoid any future worries on batteries.
As much as possible, try to keep any prescriptions that you or your family member may have filled. Also, try to maintain an added supply of medication both non-prescription and prescribed ones.
Contact your healthcare provider for any refill prescriptions in advance.
Have cash and some gas
Credit is good unless there is an emergency. Try to keep ready cash just in case the atm’s fail or the system of your bank is not working.
Also, it is best if you keep the gas tank of your car half full. This is so to avoid the long lines in gas stations.
During emergencies, it could be helpful to have some books and some board games available to entertain yourself during power failure.
Know thy neighbor
It is good to acquaint yourself with the neighbors you have in your area. There could be instances wherein you may need each other’s help if ever the basic services are somewhat interrupted.
Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime, anywhere without warning. Protect yourself and your family and get prepared now!
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All in all, preparation is always the best cure against any unexpected circumstance that an emergency might bring.