No one wants to think about the worst-case scenario. It’s scary and perhaps depressing to consider that a fire, flood, or earthquake could create a home emergency. Those of us who live close to the Pacific Coast even forget about thunderstorms as time passes. However, any high-wind storm can cause a disaster when our favorite old tree falls on the home. Despite the unpleasant nature of this topic, it is vital for families to have a disaster kit. Here are some tips on how to make a family disaster kit for home emergencies.
First of all, the disaster kit should include first aid materials. Make sure you have adequate bandages for the family and even a tourniquet to stop blood flow. The kit should also include a knife, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and a needle and thread. If anyone in the home needs special medications, see what can be stored long-term in the kit. If the necessary medicine does not store well, keep a routine going where you cycle out the old medicine – or use it and replace it with a fresh supply prior to the expiry date.
Food and Water
A good disaster kit will also include food and water. You can store water in glass containers, or perhaps stainless steel. Try to have about a gallon for every two family members. If you anticipate a longer-term disaster, experts recommend up to 3 gallons per person for a three-day stint. Each person will need a half gallon each day to drink and then a half gallon for cooking and sanitation. For food, pack plenty of dehydrated camping food. Some of these meals are quite advanced and have their own heating elements. It is also a good idea to pack things like granola bars and any high-protein snack that is portable. Remember to make sure your foods are well-packed and check on them from time to time to ensure that they haven’t gone bad or been discovered by a pest.
Clothing and Blankets
A good disaster kit will include ample clothing and blankets for the family. particularly if you foresee having trouble in cooler weather. Make sure that everyone has changes of underwear and ample outerwear. You may also want to include some sort of portable shelter. The sort of sunshade that you use for the beach could come in handy, and isn’t terribly heavy or space-intensive. If, for instance, you live in an area that is prone to summer fires, you might find yourself needing shelter from the sun until the problem has abated.
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