Disaster Survival Kit -- Let's Be Prepared
After a disaster hits we often raise money to help those affected. We do this to help provide things such as food and water, shelter, bedding, trauma counseling or medical treatment, among other needs. Many times we also send disaster relief kits.
Now, what about us? Do we even know what should be in a disaster relief kit? I have some ideas I want to share with you and if I missed something you think is important let me know.
First, what do you think we should pack the products in? A back pack? A back pack with rollers. I suppose if we are on the move that would be the easier way to carry it. We could use the ones that the hikers do so we have that extra space for a sleeping bag just in case we need one. It won't hurt to be on the safe side. We never know when disaster will hit and having it ready would be the smart thing to do. We should be prepared for a natural disaster and just in case those zombie, vampire movies are a warning that one they day will roam our streets we should make extra preparations. Especially in the light of the strange weather pattens that have occurred this year. The power outages, the tornado's, heavy wind and snow that some regions have experienced. Each member of the family should have a survival kit prepared and ready to go. If you had to evacuate now, would you be prepared?
Now that we've determined or at least I have that a back pack would be a safe bet for storing our survival kits let's make a list of what we should pack.
Battery operated radio - to keep up to date of situation
Matches - in case we have to camp out one night
Paper - to lit the camp fire
Water - 3 to 4 bottles per person
Small sauce pan - to boil water if you run out
First Aid Book & Kit - to be carried - must include all supplies needed in case a first aid emergency occurs.
Whistle or horn to blow if in trouble
Freeze dried food - found in sporting / hiking / camping stores
Snacks - Crackers, peanuts, trail mix, protein bars, ready to eat canned food
Dust Masks - in case of dust and debris
Blankets / Sleeping Bags
Any prescription medications
Manual can opener
Cash / Change
Cell Phone & Charger
Change of Clothes
Diaper Wipes or some kind of moist towelette
Garbage Bags / Ties
Magazine, Book, Crayons & Coloring Books for children