How to be prepared for a disaster
The earthquake and subsequent problems that are beleaguering the people of Japan right now has got me to thinking. How to be prepared for a disaster? Since I have a large family, some that live with me, some that doesn’t, I have to prepare and give lists to those that aren’t here.
Some say the world of coming to an end, some say it’s just the natural course of events. Whatever the case we certainly are seeing our share of natural disasters that scare the bejesus out of most of us. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news you will understand what I am referring to. Our Government has been down playing the seriousness of it, to me that is sad. On the other hand, people panic and get a little crazy when they are scared. Personally I’d rather be prepared than caught unawares.
Obviously I can’t prevent things from happening, but should we survive the disaster then we need to be prepared for surviving several days possibly a week or two wherever we may be. At the very least, until help arrives.
Here is what Amazon has available
I was shown a site that sells a backpack with ton of items the pack neatly away with room for a few clothes. This was darned neat, but was only for 2 and should last 2 weeks. It could be purchased for around $80.00, there are others that provide for 4 that are around $140.00. These are quite handy, they come already packed, just throw it on your shoulder and go! You can keep one in your car and one in your home, ready to roll when or if the time comes.
I have found similar items on the Amazon website that I am sharing if you would rather do a few clicks than go in search for yourself. There are various sites available to meet your needs.
Here are a list of the items to be found inside pre-made 2 person pack -
Here are items that you should have inside your backpack.
Food and Water:
12 - Boxes of Aqua Blox Water Boxes - twice the amount of water as leading suppliers and has a 5 year shelf-life
12 - 400 Calorie Food Bars - 5 year shelf-life (4800 Calories)
20 - Water Purification Tablets - each tablet purifies 1 liter of water
Light and Communication:
1 - Am/Fm Radio with Headphones and Batteries
1 - Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight - 3 LED flashlight which generates and stores power by squeezing the handle (NO BATTERIES NEEDED)
1 - 30 Hour Emergency Candle - can also be used as a stove
1 - Green Emergency Glow Stick - lasts for 24 hours
1 - 5-in-1 Survival Whistle - compass, signal mirror, flint starter, waterproof container, lanyard, and shrill whistle
1 - Box of 50 Waterproof Matches
1- Bic Style Lighter
Shelter and Warmth:
2 - Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags - Recommended over common "space blankets"
2 - 16 Hour Body Warmers
2 - Person Tube Tent with Rope
2 - Emergency Ponchos with Hood
1 - 16 Function Knife
1 - Leather Palm Working Gloves
2 - N95 Respirator Dust Masks
1 - 60 Feet of Nylon Rope
Hygiene and Sanitation:
2 - 24 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kits - toothbrush, toothpaste, 9 wetnaps, bar of soap, .34 oz shampoo and conditioner, dental floss pick, .25 oz hand and body lotion, deodorant gel, twin blade razor, 5" black comb, 4 maxipads, shaving cream packet, and washcloth.
6 - Tempo Pocket Tissue Packs
1 - 42 Piece Bandage First Aid Kit - Contains 42 Pieces - 10 Spot Bandages, 10 Sheer Junior, 5 Sheer Medium, 5 Sheer Strips, 2 Antibacterial, 3Clear Strips, 2 Fabric Strips, 1 Extra Large, 2 Alcohol Pads, and 2 Gauze Pads&
1 - Guardian First Aid Essentials Kit - 1 Trauma Dressing (5"x9"), 3 Sunscreen Lotion Packs, 1 Sting Relief Prep Pad, 1 Burn Cream Pack, 4 Non-Aspirin Tablets, 4 Antacid Tablets, 4 Ibuprofen Tablets, 1 Lip Ointment Pack, 1 Antibiotic Ointment Pack, 1 Pair of Vinyl (non latex) Gloves, 2 Finger Splints, 10 Cotton Tip Applicators, 1 Roll of First Aid Tape, 1 Roll of Gauze Dressing, and a First Aid Instruction Guide
Deck of playing cards for entertainment
Infectious Waste Bag
Emergency Survival Kit Information:
As you can see it contains a lot of stuff that fits neatly inside an easy to carry backpack.
Always be prepared
Depending on how frugal you are, or what your need is, you may choose to purchase these items individually at most stores that have camping supplies. This is entirely up to you.
For those of you who work in offices of high rise buildings, it wouldn’t hurt to have a few of these handy. Maybe you can look through the list of items and decide what would benefit your needs. Talk to the Boss, see if he/she will approve of such purchases. If not, keep one of your own. Even keeping a case of bottled water handy will help immensely! Keeping these items tucked away in a closet or drawer could save your life. Should the need arise, you will be thanked heartily for your forethought.
What ever you decide, purchase pre-packed or pack your own, it never hurts to be prepared! It could save your life or someone you love.
Some of you were Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts - The Motto - Always be prepared. It’s not like your wishing for a Disaster, just being prepared. Since I did this digging I felt it would be remiss of me not to share with my followers and readers what I have learned on how to be prepared for a disaster.
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