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Preparing Yourself
Preparing Yourself

Everyone wants life to go on smoothly.Few people look forward to uncomfortable or dangerous conditions, but oftentimes circumstances are beyond our control and we must simply accommodate ourselves to the conditions.How well you will survive a disaster or emergency will depend to a degree on how well you have prepared yourself and your family for the unexpected.

Food And Water

Having an emergency supply of food and water will definitely make it easier for you to live through a serious situation.Whether your district has been struck by an earthquake or hurricane, a break in the usual supply lines can easily occur.The long wait for help that the residents of New Orleans and other towns on the Gulf Coast experienced should stand as a warning to all of us.You should have at least one week’s worth of food and water stored safely in your home, and enough for a longer period if possible.The means to purify water, either by filter or tablets, should also be available.

First Aid

Cuts, scrapes, and minor injuries can occur at any time, of course, but can be more likely when the normal routine has been disturbed.A good first aid kit will be your assurance that you and your family will be able to take care of most wounds.It would also be a good idea to familiarize yourself with basic first aid procedures so that you will be able to respond to trouble quickly.

Heat And Lighting

Fragile electric lines are often among the first things to be affected by a disaster.Once the electricity is gone, most of the things we depend on most will not work.Furnaces will not click on, and if the weather is cold, hypothermia is a possibility.It would be a good idea to provide a backup, emergency heating element that will allow you and your loved ones to stay warm.Kerosene or propane heaters are definitely a good idea for this, and these low cost appliances will keep a room or two comfortable until the electricity is restored as long as you have fuel.

Lighting can be provided by a variety of lanterns.Some of these will use kerosene or other liquid fuel, while others run on batteries.As with the heaters, just make sure that you have fuel stored for use.

Shelter

It is not uncommon for homes to be destroyed during major disasters.But, sometimes a home is just damaged, and can still be made livable on a temporary basis until it is possible to institute more permanent repairs.Windows are often blown out or otherwise destroyed during a disaster, but if you have a roll of plastic sheeting and a stapler or staple gun, you will be able to cover the broken windows to keep out the weather and keep the family more comfortable.Besides the plastic sheeting, it would be a good idea to have a tarp or two tucked away.Damage to a roof can be temporarily fixed with a tarpaulin, preventing further damage to the home from water and wind.