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There Can Sometimes Be Little Warning
The very unexpectedness of disasters and emergencies will often mean that we have little or no warning to prepare for their onslaught. Being caught without the means to eat or drink safely can make the emergency more dangerous as the threat of disease and illness rises. Rather than being completely at the mercy of forces over which you have no control, however, there are ways to make certain that you and your family will be better able to survive any emergency situation with a minimum of danger.
- Earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, and other natural disasters can cause serious disruptions to the infrastructure upon which we depend for our comfort and security.
- When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, it was quite apparent how helpless the population can be when normal conditions are severed. While it is unlikely that you will ever be involved in such a serious situation, the loss of electric power, getting stuck in a blizzard, or becoming lost in the wilderness all present difficult conditions that will threaten your well being.
- Having the appropriate supplies on hand, wherever you are, can make the difference, literally, between life and death.
A Prepared Kit Can Make Life Easier
One of the easiest ways to provide for the safety and comfort of your family is by purchasing a prefabricated kit. If you are going on a camping or hiking trip, there are excellent kits available on this website that can take all the guesswork out of your preparations. A good emergency kit for hiking will contain first aid supplies, survival supplies such as emergency blankets and sleeping bags, and some food and water among other useful items. Knowing that you will be able to deal with nearly any situation you might meet on the trail will help you to enjoy the outing more.
When a major disaster has occurred near your home, such as an earthquake or hurricane, you may find that vital services simply are not available. Even if you are able to reach a store, it is likely that the shelves will already have been stripped. Rather than subject yourself and your family to these conditions, if you have an emergency supply of food and water on hand, you will be able to safely see to your family’s nutritional needs. Kits are available that will provide meals for up to one year’s time, which will certainly keep your family from want. These food survival bars and meals will generally have a shelf life of 5 to 25 years; if they are stored properly.
Safe Water Is A Must
Safe water is a must, and there are several ways that you can approach this – you can store bottled water for an emergency, or you can invest in a non-electric water filter. If you are storing bottled water, have enough on hand for at least one week. A gravity-feed filter, however, will provide you with an infinite amount of water, as long as you have water to put into it.
Preparing for an emergency before it happens allows you to take control of circumstances rather than letting conditions control you.