By Mike Zupp
Disaster can happen anytime, anywhere. No one can really tell when these calamities will strike so the best weapon we have is being prepared. This include both mental and physical preparedness. So how do we get ready for disasters? In this article, we will be sharing some tips to get yourself and your family prepared during disasters.
The first step is to evaluate your home. Is the structure safe? You need to ensure that your home has a sturdy foundation that could endure major disasters or calamities. You can do this by bolting the foundation. Also make it a habit to check the roof, walls and chimney for cracks and overall condition. If you reside in an apartment, locate your building’s utility controls and study how to operate them.
Next is to make a family emergency plan. It is best to involve your family members in your prepping so they know what to do when catastrophe strikes. The first thing on your prepping list is to find a secure place in your home that will serve as your bug out location. Look for places that are strong. Then, try to do home evacuation drills. Choose a nearby place that will serve as an emergency location. This is where you will evacuate whenever catastrophe happens.
It is also suggested that you practice first-aid courses, like CPR. It will come handy whenever a family member gets into trouble. Also, try to involve your neighbors on your prepping plans. They can always assist you and they might have better plans than you do.
The next step on your preparation plan is to secure household items that are very important during disasters or calamities. Example are flashlights. Flashlights should be found in hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms. Also keep spare batteries. Keep it in places where it can easily be found.
Also try to secure appliances. Place heavy objects on lower shelves. This is to prevent objects from falling whenever earthquakes and typhoons occur.
It is also important that you prepare the supplies you need for survival. The first ones you need to secure is water and food. Store an adequate supply of drinking water. It is also recommended that you have a water-filtering device, just in case your supply of water in not enough. Store foods that are non-perishable, like canned goods. Try to keep a can opener handy. If you own any pets, also make sure to keep a good supply of pet food.
It is also important to keep first-aid kits and hygiene kits.This includes bandages in different sizes, surgical gloves and anything that can be used to disinfect wounds.Also store a sufficient supply of prescription drugs. Toilet supplies should be kept too, including toilet papers, soaps, alcohols and towels.
For proper upkeeping, place the items in plastic boxes that are waterproof and pest-proof. Put these items in secured places where you and and your family can easily access them in times of emergency. Avoid keeping your supplies in basements. Also, try to replenish your supplies and kits annually. Remember to restock food supplies that are near their expiration date.
Being ready during times of catastrophe is our only weapon. This will ensure our family’s survival and it will keep us mentally alert during emergencies.