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Top 10 Emergency Necessities

 

The extent of damage seen from earthquakes and tornados in the news depicts flattened homes and disruption of life in the face of disaster.

 

Averting shortages and making sure you are able to retrieve important documents will help you with your survival through an ordeal such as these.

 

The ten essentials needed for your survival are:

 

  1. Water: Store at least three to seven days of drinking water, setting aside a gallon a day for each member of your family.

  1. Food: You should store at least three to seven days worth of packaged non-perishable foods, and canned goods. Write out a meal plan of how this food is expected to meet your needs for you family in order to store enough for this time period.

  1. First aid kit with instructions: Keep a well-stocked first aid kit that is sized correctly for your family. Reading the instructions and keeping them with this kit is a prudent measure in treating wounded persons properly and quickly.

  1. Flashlights: Keep flashlights with fresh batteries on hand in the event that power has been cut, so that work can continue into the dark hours. This will also aid in searching for items in darkened places around the clock.

  1. Radio: A battery-powered or emergency hand generated radio is important to receive broadcast information from various emergency agencies in your area. Take note of these stations and agencies in preparation for any disaster that may strike.

  1. Medications: If you or your family is on prescription medications, keep them in an easily accessible place in your home should it be destroyed so that you can locate them in the rubble. Over the counter medications for allergies or pain medications will also be needed. If a predicted disaster is imminent, have your prescriptions refilled well in advance if possible.

  1. Cash and important documentation: Do not depend on electrically operated devices, such as ATM's, to be operational after a disaster strikes. If communications are down, electronic funding through debit and credit card will not be possible. Keep an emergency cash supply, in small denominations, located in an easily accessed storage place in your home, such as your refrigerator freezer. Important documents to store here as well are deeds, titles, insurance policies, and medical records.

  1. Clothing and sturdy footwear: Survival during disaster will depend on your ability to stay clothed despite the circumstances. Clothing and footwear that will endure long walks and manual labor are a critical part of your planning.

  1. Tools: Tools that may be needed for constructing shelter, repairing broken equipment, putting out a fire, or calling attention to yourself should you become trapped is a must Recommendations for tools to keep readily at hand are: An adjustable wrench, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle.

  1. Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Toilet paper, antiseptic wipes, personal hygiene items, and disinfectants will be needed to maintain cleanliness, protect your health, and maintain a good level of morale in the aftermath of disaster. Keep these on hand where they will be accessible to you at all times.
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