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Updated on September 29, 2012


Well I know we all don't like to think about Disaster's...let alone Plan for one, but it is a good Idea to at least have some sort of a plan in your head, but mostly in action...

There is a lot more to this then one can ever think of and we can only be prepared to a point...Not knowing when or what kind of disaster may hit us...One way to plan is what part of the country you live in and whether you have tornado's, hurricane's, earthquake's, snow blizzard's, wildfires, Volcano's or whatever...

I mean there can be a Pandemic...One just never knows.

Each city and town has an emergency plan and places one can go to (provided you are able) a Senior Center, a School, a Boy's and Girl's club, an assisted living place, a hospital, any place that can handle a bunch of people...Go to your computer and find out what is available in your area...and know that doctor's & nurse's and anyone who is trained to help will report to the nearest place they can reach, in a big event.

For you at home though; you should have the basics ready at all times...Water, Food, First aid supplies, Tools & supplies, Special item's, Clothing & Bedding, and even a car kit in your car...and enough to last for 3 days but preferably 7 days...One never knows how long it could take to get to everyone...

WATER is a big problem but you should try to have a 3 day supply for each person in your family...Purifying water...Boiling is one way and the safest way...Bring the water to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes...Let it cool before drinking...

FOOD you should have canned meats fruits and veggies

Canned juices and soups...high energy peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix and beef jerky, and nuts, candies hard and whatever will last safely.

I have both a kitchen pantry and one in my garage where I store extra's of items I buy on sale...or when I go big shopping I buy like 6-8 cans of things and store a fair amount in the garage pantry,,,it is the one I don't use as much...also where I keep the things I there is always fresh wholesome things to eat...

You can also buy a portable one or buy a large plastic container, garbage can, or box that you can store the extra's in...just so you have something.

FIRST AID SUPPLIES bar soap, plastic gloves,sterile pads, scissors, tweezers,towelettes,aspirin, anti-acid,adhesive tape,sanitary pads, there are many things you need to decide what you need...

and you don't have to do all this at one long as you have it in your mind and get things slowly to add to your Emergency Kit...I know we think "oh man that's gonna cost a fortune", but not if you do it slowly...

TOOLS & SUPPLIES battery-operated radio, flashlight, duct tape, toilet paper, non-electric can opener, paper cups and plates, liquid soap, BBQ with propane for cooking, and a fire extinguisher ( whch most of us have anyway).

SPECIAL ITEMS extra eye glasses, baby supplies, insurance information,bank account numbers, family records, and prescriptions, a family plan and a contact in another area,

CLOTHING & BEDDING one complete change of clothes, blankets or sleeping bags, mylar blankets, sturdy shoes, warm socks, hat and gloves...but you know what you need more then I do...just plan ahead...

And in your CAR, I carry extra water, a couple of blankets and cloth bag with extra socks and gloves...some food, like beef/ turkey jerky, v-8 juice, nuts (canned), dark choclate bars ,hard candy, energy bars...first aid kit and a emergency road kit...(hint) Use a film container and store an extra pair of plastic gloves in the glove compartment of your car)

Preparing for disasters is a long-term goal. To make this task more manageable, choose just two or three items that you can add each month. Plan to rotate the items in your kit annually and make sure the clothes still fit...

Big black plastic garbage bags work good in the toilet if you don't have water, walkie talkies can be usful, have extra cash available,

You may want to Map You Neighborhood and see what each one has available so as to help everyone, all of us working together can reduce the serious consequences of a disaster, know who is alone or might be really frightened...and take care of yourself first...if you are able, then you can help..

WHAT IS A DISASTER ?...Disasters, by definition, are events that overwhelm police, fire, and medical 911 emergency responders...

There are many organizations working on supplies, food and help in such a disaster...So I suggest you check into your area's plans and begin your Emergency supply plan...cause I Love You...G-Ma :O)

any Emergency Management Division in your State...there is a booklet called "Emergency Resource Guide" you should be able to get free from the Dept. of Health


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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Melody...Thank you my dear and glad to meet you..sure I will check them out...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Very useful info here, thak you very much. I am a new hubber so I woud like to invite you to my first two hubs- they are poetic pieces. Thank you very much.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Sally's Trove...Thank you and am glad to hear you are prepared...cause it is too late after something happens...We just need to be reminded from time to time...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wonderful awareness Hub, G-Ma.

      In the event of a disaster, my biggest concerns are my big dog (thank you for that, MindField,) and my "papers". The papers are easy...I have a briefcase that I can grab. But I also have those same papers in other safe places. As for the dog, she carries her rabies info and her county license on her collar. If I ever have a fire in my home or an earthquake (you name it, some kind of disaster), the dog can get booted out the door, if she has to be, if that will help save her life.

      As for food and energy preparedness, you are right on the mark. Like I said, great awareness Hub.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      MARIESUE...yes once you are in the dilema is too late to prepare...and today they make it much easier to have good things on the ready...:o) Hugs G-Ma party girl you...loved the hub about you and Blondpoet's trip...yes sweetie it is too late once it happens...and today in this troubled world it may be a good thing...hoping we never need it tho...G-Ma :o) Hugs

      COUNTRYWOMAN...good girl but frozen things won't last long if the electric is out..:O) and rice may hard to cook,,,so try for things that are canned, milk, applesauce, beans, fruits etc.  Yes being prepared is a good thing but not to dwell on it...just have 3 days worth on hand...G-Ma :O) Hugs

      Thanks Ladies for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • countrywomen profile image


      9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Very good hub. Yes it is good to be prepared. I always stock up  on some canned foods(like beans) frozen vegetables and rice. It is always good to hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. {{{BIG HUG}}} for a wonderful hub.

    • AEvans profile image


      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Love it!!! That is what I need to do , as it always seems like I try to accomplish it, however I never seem to do it. This is a wonderful hub, and as of today I am going to start stocking as you never know when an emergency may arise. :)

    • marisuewrites profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      very good advice; preparation replaces worry and fear with confidence -- safety should be a concern for all of us. I've been caught out in ice storms, stranded in a car and it's very scary -- and wudda cudda shudda's fill your head.

      Think ahead, always the right thing to do. =)) thanks!! g-ma!!!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      VIOLETSUN....Yes it is important tho it seems expensive it really doesn't have to be...just keep some canned items around and extra water and blankets...oh well it's all in the hub...Thanks sweetie for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs

      GINN...Yes this world today is a bit frightening , there are other things besides natural disasters to think about...Thank dear for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs

      JIM...It is really not too hard to have 3 days worth of supplies on hand...and I feel is a good practice these days...Thanks hun for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs

      PEGGY...yes I agree and I have a whole hub I could do on Terrorism and what you would have to do then, but this seems to have frightened enough and if they just get a bit prepared it is a good thing...Thanks dear for your comments...always G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace to ALL

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Elena...Not to frighten anyone...just to be a bit prepared in this crazy world we live in today...Thanks hun for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The thing that scares me the MOST is the threat of terrorism. With natural disasters (except tornadoes) one usually has a little bit of time to prepare. Our next door neighbor who had some foster kids for a year had a hand cranked radio. No electricity or batteries needed! That way one can at least keep up with outside news in an emergency. We need to get one of those on hand + a few other items you mentioned.

    • jim10 profile image


      9 years ago from ma

      Great suggestions for an emergency. I have a lot of these but, really should stock up on better foods like dried beans and evaporated milk. thanks.

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      ginn navarre 

      9 years ago

      Great tips, I have been doing most of this for years. More people need to make these everyday habits part of their life.

    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Very good tips, G-ma, being prepared always makes sense!

    • Elena. profile image


      9 years ago from Madrid

      G-MA, good advice even though you got me a bit scared there!! You know we have this fire drills every now and again in my office building, and everyone takes them totally UNseriously, except idiot little me who thinks this may save my life if a dreadful fire situation ever happens in that building! Oh well :-)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Yes that is the hope...because I don't think it is IF I think it is a matter of dear, and Thank you for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      As you know in every one of my hubs I attach information that can also be life saving in emergencies in a totally different way. Your hub is excellent regarding having products on hand.

      Our latest emergency, being Hurricane Ike, taught many people down here to be better prepared for the next emergency. At least with hurricanes, one does have a little notification generally a few days ahead.

      But like you also pointed out, it takes some money to get all those supplies on hand. Hopefully you will get people thinking about this and planning ahead.

      Thanks, G-Ma!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Cris and Tom...Well Thanks all for commenting and I understand it is difficult to even think about...but better forwarned then not at all...Is totally up to each of us...

      Mindfield...and OF course...sorry I didn't put that in about the pets, it was in my mind but usually my hubs are shorter and I forgot...THANKS again for stopping in...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • MindField profile image


      9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      G-Ma - Thanks for an important hub.

      I'd also like to add - PLEASE don't forget your pets. Have canned and dry food for them, water, treats, cat litter, blankets, towels, halters and leashes, small attachable lights (beacons), ID tags (with your own phone number, vet's number, a friend or family member's number in the area and, if possible, the number of someone trustworthy outside your area).

      Also medications, pet carriers, plastic bags for waste, baby wipes, and an extra leash and gentle muzzle if you should come across another pet that needs rescuing.

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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Great advice G-Ma! I sure miss home canned foods. We are somewhat prepared. I jokingly tell the neighbors that I'm not worried....I have guns! :)

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      This is all good G-ma and probably the right thing to do, yes. But you can't trouble me today for i'm the biggest procrastinator around so I'd probably do all this tomorrow. or the day after, or when it's too late! Nothing worse than a procrastinator sloth :D

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Hi sweetie...Not to be frightened just to be least a bit...I know how it is believe me...but at my age now I can prepare, but wish you younger ones would Think about it anyways...hoping you had a good day...G-Ma :O) Hugs

    • goldentoad profile image


      9 years ago from Free and running....

      well now you got me scared G-Ma. I try to have a stash of everything, but somehow it tends to be used for anything but emergencies. alot of good tips G-Ma.



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