Disaster will strike when you least expect it to happen and the gravity of its damage will depend on how prepared you are. One of the best ways to protect your family and minimize the effects of impending calamities is to assemble a home survival kit that will efficiently address your household's needs.
The problem with disasters is that they wouldn't schedule an appointment with you to inform you when they will strike. They are more apt to happen when you least expect them so it's always best to have a home survival kit fully assembled to help you cope with emergencies.
After a disaster strikes, it's highly possible that the basic services in your area may be disrupted. For days or even weeks, you may not be able to get access to gas, water, electricity, and telephone services. Help may not come immediately as well. This being the case, you want your home survival kit to contain all the things that you and your family would need to cope with the situation. This will include enough water supply, first aid kits, tools such as flashlights and Swiss knives, clothing, bedding and food, among others. You want to keep all these in a bag or easy-to-carry container in case you need to evacuate from your home.
As a general rule, your home survival kit should contain supplies that are enough to sustain you on your own for three days. That's usually how long help arrives in disaster-stricken areas. So when assembling your survival kit, make sure that you have food and water provisions that would be enough for a couple of days.
Assembling your disaster kit will be for naught if no one else but you knows where it is stashed. You have to gather your family members together and inform them about what they have to do in case of emergency. Delegate tasks such as older children taking care of their younger siblings, or someone being in charge of the emergency kit in case you become indisposed to get your home survival kit for some reason.
What else to consider
If your household is composed of members who do not really have specific health concerns, you can probably opt for a cookie-cutter survival kit that is composed of basic necessities. Your home survival kit should then consist of such items as gallons of water, non-perishable food items, first aid kit and clothing to name a few.
On the other hand, if you have babies or elderly or members of your family suffering from certain health conditions, you will need to factor in these details when you assemble your kit.
Medications and other special additions
Your disaster kit should contain enough prescription medications that will last for a couple of days in case you get stuck in the calamity and there's no way for you to get to a drugstore for fresh stock. You will also need to have the prescriptions photocopied and included in your envelope of documents so you can easily purchase these items later on.
Babies will need ample supply of diapers, baby wipes and infant formula as well as non-perishable baby food. They will also require a lot of clean water both for hygiene and for feeding. Make sure to stock up on these items in your home survival kit.
Replenishing your stock
Because disasters are not known to follow a schedule, it's entirely possible that you wouldn't encounter one that is harsh enough to warrant the need for your home survival kit, at least not anytime soon. This being the case, you want to make sure that you refresh your stock regularly to ensure that, in case a calamity does wreak havoc in your area, you are fully prepared with fresh food items and medications. Check out the expiry dates of the canned food that you stocked up on. It's a good idea to stock up on canned food that you would also eat on any ordinary day. In this way, you can just bring them out and change them for newer ones every now and then.
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