Hurricanes, Tornados, Floods, and Fire, Oh MY!August 19, 2008
Any day, disaster can come knocking on your door. Well, maybe not knocking, more like bashing in your door. What to do? Today, while you are thinking about it, get your disaster kit ready. You can buy a ready made kit, but those can be pricey. Making your own insures it has only what you specifically need, and nothing you don’t. Making your own can be cheaper and if you have family, it can be a fun project to work on together. No one wants to think about a disaster, but the best time to think about it is before it happens.
Every disaster kit should be tailored to the individual, but there are some elements common to each one. Here’s the top ten items that everyone needs.
- Copy of your important papers. How to decide what is important? If your house burns down, how easy will it be to replace that paper? If it will be hard, take a copy with you. Keep the papers in a sealed bag.
- Water and food, enough for three days.
- Sleeping gear, because you have no idea what a shelter might have. Also, you don’t know if you will make it to a shelter.
- Medicine. Check this regularly. You don’t want to be in the middle of an evacuation and realize your meds are six months out of date.
- Playing cards or a book. You need something to occupy your mind for the time between getting settled and then going home.
- First aid kit.
- Flashlight and fresh batteries.
- Written list of important phone numbers.
These are just the basics. You want to keep these items in a backpack or duffel bag. A bag you can easily carry is ideal. When disaster happens, you don’t know how long you will have to get out of your home. Here’s a great resource from Mississippi State University for more information. This site covers EVERYTHING you want to know about being prepared, and recovering after disaster strikes.
Later this week, I’ll tell you what to keep in the car, and what to keep at home if you shelter there. Stay tuned!