Home Emergency Preparation
The truth is no one knows exactly what the specific problems that could happen during a major emergency are. The best thing one could possibly do is to prepare for anything that could happen. The following are some tips, advice, and recommendations in order to prepare amply for an emergency. These are from the emergency service of the California office of the Red Cross.
- Water is life and life is water. As much as possible, try to keep a gallon’s supply of water for every person each day and one that would be enough to go on for up to three to seven days. There is equipment you can buy that can produce instant hot water, so that would be great for your family. Water should be kept in containers made of plastic. Also, make sure that you also have filters and tablets for the purposes of purification ready and available when needed.
- Store food for you and your family. Food that is doesn’t perish easily should be stored for you and your family, and such foods must be enough to last you, your family, as well as your pets, for three days up until one week. Examples of such foods are canned goods, powdered juices, and boxed vegetables.
- Have an alternative. It is always a wise idea to have a cooking source that could serve as an alternative besides the usual electric stove you may be used to. Having a ready barbecue stove or a propane stove on hand is the best recourse if in case the electricity goes out or if gas becomes no longer available. However, if you are to utilize propane, ensure that the tank is completely full and that an extra propane tank is also available. In addition, make sure you have clean water source for cooking food. The instant boiling water tap is a great help for instant clean water.
- Collect clothes. Have a ready and available stock of clothes for your kids and yourself as well as sleeping bags.
- Collect wood, have a light, and keep prescription medicines. Having a steady supply of good wood is also a good idea as these could be used for those fireplaces or for stoves that use wood for burning. Likewise, a flashlight is the item that you simply could not do without especially during emergencies. Try to consider using recharging through solar means as well as units that are cranked by hand. This is in order to avoid any future worries on batteries. As much as possible, you should try to keep any prescriptions that you or your family member may have filled.
- Finally, make sure you have enough cash with you.