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Disaster Preparedness List Top Three.

Updated on October 31, 2012

Because You Never Know.

With winter now upon us, many don't realize that spring, only a few months away, is prime time for tornadoes in most of the country. In places like Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the wounds from last years twisters are still fresh. My heart goes out to the victims who lost loved ones. Out of these tradgedies and others like them, people should learn from them and prepare for the future.

Many of us have disaster items on hand. Things like flashlights or candles, a CB or AM/FM battery powered radio, non-perishable food and first aid kits, but when was the last time you checked to make sure they worked or were still good?

Hey, I'm guilty of not checking any of my supplies for months, yet I still urge you to do so in these rather quiet months of winter.

While debatable, these three items are invaluable when it comes time to deal with natural disasters.

1.A Basic Emergency Supply Kit.

This is my number one item to have on hand and check periodically. The kit should contain at a minimum the following items

a. Three Days of Non-perishable food and can opener.

b. Hand-crank am/fm and NOAA weather band radio.

c. First-aid Kit.

d. Flashlight with extra batteries or even a self-powered hand crank type.

e. Local maps

f. Minimum one gallon of water per person for three days.

2. Sleeping bag(s) or warm blankets. Consider adding to these if you live in a cold climate.

3. Water Sanitation Plan. The easiest and least expensive method to sanitize water and the one most households have on hand is bleach. The rule of thumb is to add about 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water. Let stand 30 minutes before drinking.

These three things will go a long way to increasing your preparedness for most emergencies. However, adding to this list would be even better. Some really good resources to research would be the following:

The American Red Cross

Make Your Own Preparedness Kit

Build A Kit


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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      This is a good informative hub on disaster preparedness and useful tips on what to do, thanks for sharing budd.

      Lets hope people are well prepared for whats to come in 2012. I know we weren't in New York City when hurricane Irene swept through this year, and also the earth quake tremors we felt like the same week it hit. Voted up.