Comfort Items and Emergency Supplies
is likely to experience some sort of emergency because of a disaster, be it man
made or weather related. Preparing your family in advance is important to your
survival all depends on the emergency planning that you do today, and getting
certain comfort items together is important for keeping good morale until the
The basic comfort items are not extravagant, they are the basic everyday needs
that we sometimes
take for granted. These are a few of those everyday things that will you will
need in order to stay comfortable:
Water: Remember that a person will require one gallon of drinking water per
person per day. The math is simple: A three day need for one person will be
three gallons, times the number of people in your group. Emergency water is available in packaged form, or
can be stored correctly in barrels. Filtration kits can be used to treat
questionable tap water or natural resources in necessary.
Ensure that everyone in your family is provided with a minimum three day supply
of non-perishable food. Packaged, long shelf life foods are available in kit
form, and this can be supplemented with canned goods. Food that requires little
or no water for preparation is the best choice. Remember to avoid
"salty" survival foods, as they tend to make people
thirsty. Snack foods, such as popcorn, Jell-O, pudding and power bars, are an
excellent source of energy, and they taste good, too.
Cellular Phone: Even if it will be near impossible to recharge in a massive
power outage, your cell phone will prove to be the most important comfort item
to your morale. Though it isn't a primary need, being able to telephone loved
ones, or use internet options to post updates will give you the morale boost
you need, and also receive incoming offers of assistance from people you know
outside your affected area. Cell phones have been recharged at fire stations,
or places in which emergency generated power is available during emergency
Entertainment: Our society has come to depend on electrical power to provide us
with what we see or do for fun. When power is cut, morale can be affected by
long hours of boredom in which "there is nothing to do but wait." Get
back to the basics of fun with board games and books to pass time
Portable Shower Aid: Your conventional shower may not function due to an
emergency situation. Consider purchasing a StanSport Camper's Solar Shower.
Used as directed, sunlight will heat five gallons of water, which will serve
your family up to four showers of use. This item can also be used to wash
dishes. Another option is Self Heating Wash Cloths.
Sustaining good morale is very important in dealing with an emergency
situation. Being fed properly, entertained, and remaining comfortable in your
own skin will serve you well until life returns to normal again.